Niles Public Library Teen Scene Blog


Congrats to our Teen Read Week Art Contest Finalists!

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Congrats to the winner and finalists in this year’s Teen Art Contest! We received over 40 entries this year that included a fantastic mix of drawing, painting, photography and digital art. I’d like to shout out a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated. Click on the names below to view their artwork on our Flickr page.

1st Place: Bria D.

2nd Place: Megan L.

3rd Place: Adam B.

4th Place: Isabelle de la Cruz

5th Place: Megan B.

Finalist: Jake G.

Finalist: Eric D.

Finalist: Ashley M.

Finalist: Lila S.

Also, stay tuned for an announcement regarding our soon-to-open Teen Underground, where theartwork will go on display in physical form.



Shoot the Moon!
October 10, 2013, 2:54 pm
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International Observe the Moon Night takes place Saturday, October 12. Look up and take notice of earth’s nearest celestial neighbor. There’s a lot to see with binoculars, a telescope or even just your naked eye.

For even more fun and potential prizes, snap a picture of it and post to Instagram with the hashtag #npldteens for week two of our month-long scavenger hunt. We’ll scroll through everyone’s moon shots and select the best one to re-post in our feed. The winner will also earn a small prize!

Moonrise happens in the Chicago-area right around 2:30 pm, so keep an eye out for it during the day! It sets at 7:45, so be sure to get out to see it in the early evening.

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Build with Straws

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Like to build things and solve puzzles? Join us for Drinking Straw Construction and try your hand at designing and building bridges, towers, sculptures and wind turbines from plastic drinking straws. Experiment with different building techniques and test your creations with weights and wind. Submit your favorite to display in our gallery, but all of your structures are yours to keep!

When: Thursday, July 11 @ 3pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St.



Celebrate July 4th in Style!
June 30, 2013, 8:26 pm
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patriotic_nail_art_design_konadTop off your red, white and blue Fourth of July fashions with some original nail art. Our very own staff artist, Colleen, will demonstrate fresh nail styles and help you decorate your own nails in patriotic colors.

When: Tuesday, July 2 @ 3:00pm

Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St



Playbill 2013: Musical High School
June 24, 2013, 1:21 pm
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Playbill of 2013 has been in pre-production for approximately several days now! Basically, if you don’t know what Playbill is, it is a magical show of creative chaos…well, I say chaos pertaining to this year…but Playbill is a play put on by teens your age! And as I was saying before about the creative chaos… this year a large group of teens have written a script of a musical in high school that goes all wrong—thus, I called Playbill for this year a creative chaos. 🙂  

“I am sitting here, getting a behind the scenes look of the 2013 Playbill. The script writing process is in, well, progress, and I can hear the teens’ heads ticking with much thinking.But enough about what I have say—

There  are a few people that have some spectacular words to sputter out at you—-to inspire you to join and/or watch the playbill show of 2013!”

Robbie: “Kids in school trying to put on a show but face LOTS of challenges. Funny, realistic comedy for high schoolers!”

Gabrielle: “I love playbill…I come for the laughs and good memories. This is one of the highlights of my summer! I wish I had started sooner.”

Rohini: “I joined last year because a friend told me to, and I came back because I wanted to. It is fun and progress is picking up speed. This play is a lot about accepting people for who they are!”

Go here to find out how to register for Playbill

Click here to look at the Playbill Calander

Ps. This is Musical High School NOT High school Musical

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April 18, 2013, 11:30 am
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Celebrate Earth Day with Food!


Earth Day Dinner

5:30-7pm Monday, April 22

Make and eat personal pizzas using fresh local and organic ingredients.

Test out a new app that tells you about what’s in your food, and learn how to judge what foods at the grocery store are better for you and the environment.

The menu will be vegetarian-friendly.



Check In @ Niles Public Library
February 25, 2013, 9:36 am
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Get ready for a month-long scavenger hunt throughout the library! Pick up a scorecard at one of the public service desks and  then look for codes like this one placed around the building. Follow the links and record what you see to earn library swag and a chance at other prizes.

While you’re here, be sure to vote in our annual Teen Choice Awards for your favorite movies, video games and more. The fun begins March 1.




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