Niles Public Library Teen Scene Blog

Mario Kart Tournament
March 31, 2010, 2:22 pm
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This Friday, challenge friends and strangers in our Mario Kart tournament for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Anyone in grades 4-12 is welcome to compete.

When: 1:00pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL


Teen Choice Awards are Coming Soon!
February 23, 2010, 12:56 pm
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Voting for our 3rd annual Teen Choice Awards will begin March 1!  Starting on the first of the month, stop by the Reference or A/V desks to vote for your favorite movie, music, and more. 

Get a small prize for voting, and you’ll also be entered in a drawing for larger prizes at the end of the month.

Any guesses for the winners this year?  Avatar? Lady Gaga?

Presidents Day
February 14, 2010, 5:20 pm
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The federal holiday we know as Presidents’ Day is officially intended to celebrate George Washington’s birthday on February 22.

Lincoln’s birthday falls on February 12, and so a dozen states have chosen to celebrate the third Monday of each February as Presidents’ Day, instead.

A few states, including Illinois, also mark Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12.  Unfortunately, for most people it doesn’t mean a day off from school or work.

This February 15, join us for gaming and snacks in the large meeting room from 3-5:00pm.  We’ll have our Xbox and Wii consoles set up, and will be testing out Karaoke Revolution.


Cute Valentine Crafts
February 2, 2010, 12:51 pm
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Make cute felt toys and valentines for the special people in your life!

When: Saturday, Feb. 6 2:30-4:30pm

Where: Board Room, 6960 W. Oakton St, Niles


Award-Winning Books
January 22, 2010, 11:02 am
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January is awards-season in the library world.  Earlier this week, librarians gathered in Boston to select award-winners in several categories for young adults.

They also selected an annual Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) list, with input from teen readers.  Here are the top ten books from that list:

Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin

The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker

Visit the YALSA website to see the full BBYA list.


MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Delivering "I Have A Dream" in Washington, 1963

Monday January 18  is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  King’s actual birthday is January 15, but the national holiday falls on the third Monday of January each year.

Want to learn more about King? Visit the King Center for photos and videos.

Listen to King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as several of his other speeches at Stanford University’s King Institute.

Visit the Encyclopedia of Chicago to read about how the civil rights movement brought King to Chicago in 1966 to advocate for fair housing.

In this video, comedian Stephen Colbert introduces an unusual way to remember King.  For a more serious remembrance, read this message by Coretta Scott King, his wife.

Why not celebrate King’s legacy by participating in a public service project?

Next Monday, we’ll have open gaming 3-5:00pm and a study hall 5-9:00pm in the board room.  The library has many books about King and the civil rights movement, so check them out!

Cover Art for Vol. 1 of Ho Che Anderson's Graphic Biography of King


Happy Holidays!
December 23, 2009, 10:43 am
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Join us for Open Gaming on Dec. 29!  Wii and Xbox games including Guitar Hero V and Madden 10 will be available.  Challenge your friends on our big screens!

When: 3:00-5:00pm
Where: Large Meeting Room, 6960 Oakton St. 


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