Niles Public Library Teen Scene Blog

14th Annual Poetry Contest Winners
May 11, 2011, 9:49 am
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Congratulations to our winning poets!  The winning poems will be displayed on the 3rd floor throughout the month.  They are also published in free booklet.

1st Place: “This Place” by Surdeep Chauhan

2nd Place: “Lonely Girl” by Grace Park

3rd Place: “If my Words were Golden” by Michael Welch

Pick up a copy of our free poetry booklet today!

Enter Our 14th Annual Poetry Contest
March 21, 2011, 5:11 pm
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Enter our poetry contest by April 17, 2011!

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed at the library.

First Prize: $75 certificate   Second Prize: $50 certificate   Third Prize: $25 certificate

Contest is open to residents of Chicago and suburbs.

  • To enter you must be between 10 and 18 years old as of April 17, 2011.

  • Limit 6 poems per poet.

  • Include your name, age, address and phone number.

Click Here for the Full Contest Rules.

Email entries: to

Learn more about National Poetry Month.

Looking for inspiration or need some writing tips? Check out some of the great poetry books in our collection.

13th Annual Poetry Contest
May 13, 2010, 2:01 pm
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Thank you to everyone who submitted poetry to our contest this year.  We really had a great group of poems by teens and adults, and enjoyed reading them.  Picking winners was tough.  Here are our favorite poems from 2010:

“Jim” by Nora Elderkin
“A New Day” by Najlah Iqbal
“She looks back” by Camila Cubillos
“Through the Ages” by Michelle Kleine
“How to be a good friend?” by Dayana Sheytanova

“Googling A Poet I Heard About At A Workshop” by Karen Corey
“Shannon” by David Rumer
“The Bookmark” by Kevin Shyne

The poems are on display on the 3rd floor of the library.  We have also printed booklets of the poems that are free for anyone to take.

Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week Display Case photograph by Anetta S.

To help us celebrate, please fill out our web survey.

Don’t forget to submit your poems to our poetry contest by April 18!  Get all the contest details here.

Enter our Poetry Contest!

Teens aged 10-18 are invited to enter our 13th annual poetry contest.  Submit up to 6 poems by email, snail mail or in person at the library by April 18.

Gift cards to Barnes & Noble will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and all winning entries will be printed in a booklet to be distributed at the library.

Please include all necessary contact information with each submission, so we know who to credit.  Only residents of Illinois are eligible to enter.

Click here to get all the contest details.

Unanswered Questions? Contact librarian Donna Block at (847) 663-6434 or for more information.

Enter our Poetry Contest!
March 20, 2009, 9:54 am
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If you are a young poet living in the Chicago area then please submit your work to our 12th annual poetry contest!

Each aspiring poet may submit up to six poems.  Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place poems.  Winning entries will be printed in a nice booklet and displayed in the library and on this blog!  For complete rules, view our Teen Poetry Contest flyer.

Looking for inspiration?  Visit the Poetry Foundation or Poetry 180.

Congratulations to our Poetry Winners!
May 7, 2008, 1:27 am
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First Place: William Wallis for his poem “The Wreck of the Attica
Second Place: Alicia Tatiana Carletto for her poem “Where I’m From”
Third Place: Samuel Fuller for his poem “Voices”
Honorable Mention: Geoffrey Wallis for his poem “The Six Romans”

The winning poems are currently on display on the 3rd floor of the library.  They are also included in copies of a booklet that is availble free to the public.

Thank you to everyone who submitted poems this year!  There were many great poems and they were all enjoyable to read.  Please do not feel discouraged if your poem didn’t win a prize, but continue to write and share your writing with others.

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