Niles Public Library Teen Scene Blog


Join Project Playbill!

Each summer, talented local teens put on a play at the library.  There’s a role for everyone whether it’s writing, acting, directing, creating sets and costumes, or running the lights and sound.  We work hard, but also have fun!

2010 Playbill Schedule
June 28 – July 31

Rehearsals take place 1:00-3:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Our first meeting will be Monday, June 28.  Our public performance and cast and crew party will take place on Saturday, July 31.

Register for the first meeting here.  Contact librarian Donna Block for more information at 847-663-6434.

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Make Waves this summer by reading!

Our Summer Reading Club begins Monday, June 7.  Register at the Fiction (lower level) or Reference  (2nd level) desks.

It’s really simple: just for tell us what you read over the summer by filling out a reading log.  You can read whatever you want. Get prizes when you sign up and turn in a log.

Everyone who completes at least one reading log will also be entered in a drawing in August for prizes including an Apple iPod Touch.

Come to our study hall between 5:00-9:00 on Monday to register and get free food!



Volunteer with Youth Services!

Help mentor young children through our summer reading game. Great public service experience and fun! If you complete at least 10 hours of service you will be invited to our summer reading volunteer pizza party on August 5th.

All Summer Reading Volunteers need to attend a mandatory orientation session.  The final orientation date is scheduled for June 16 .

Another volunteer opportunity is “Book Buddies” (reading one-on-one with a child).  Ask about it at the youth services desk or call: 847-663-6622



Last Minute Summer Reading?
September 1, 2009, 3:47 pm
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If you’re like me and tend to leave assignments to the very end, then you may have some last minute summer reading to do!  Be sure to check out our high school summer reading lists.

If you don’t see  the title you need on the list, then try searching our catalog.

Also, if you’re in middle or junior high school then be sure to check out the Rebecca Caudill nominees; you’ve got a bit more time to read them.



Last Chance for Summer Reading!
August 14, 2009, 10:35 am
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Summer Reading  ends August 29!  That’s the last day that you will be able to exchange your reading logs for prizes.  That means you’ve got two weeks left!

To complete your log, read three books and record the author and title.  Have you got required reading for school?  Those books will count!  Or, you can pick something (anything!) just for fun.

Then there’s the wild card slot.  For the 4th spot on your log, you can read anything – a poem, a magazine, a short story, even this blog entry!  You could even watch a movie or listen to an album.

Turn in your log for a chance to win great prizes like free Brunswick Zone bowling for you & your friends and an iPod.



Read on the Wild Side

Join Summer Reading and earn prizes!

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Read 4 books (or 3 books and 1 magazine, blog, poem, movie – basically whatever you want) to be entered in our monthly prize drawings for passes to Brunswick bowling, Brookfield Zoo and Navy Pier.

Plus, you’ be entered in our grand prize drawing for an Apple ipod.

Register by August 3 and complete at least one reading log by August 29.  Turn in mutliple logs for more chances to win a prize!

Get all the details here, at our website.



Summer of Service
June 5, 2009, 12:20 pm
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President Obama is asking young people to help our communties this summer through volunteer service!  Here’s what one Niles teen, Katherine Piekarczyk, has to say about volunteering:

     Although some of us find community service a hassle, or just another unwanted commitment, I think community service is the best way to make yourself and your community better. It’s exactly what people usually associate it with making a difference. By volunteering at the library not only did I help myself, but I also helped my library, and my community. By helping out the library with their projects, I learned how to do new things such as making a website, and I even learned how to be a better leader.

     Community service is definitely something better to do than just moseying around, and letting time go wasted. During my hours of community service, I got to work with new people, and find out new information on new projects I was working on.

     Overall, I became more informed, and I was helping others get informed at the same time. For example, at the library when I worked as a volunteer, the librarian I worked with needed a new display, and we decided on a “What to Do on a Cold Winter Day?” display. By researching ideas, I, myself, found new things to do when I’m bored or stuck inside. Over the several weeks of my volunteering, I saw books disappearing, proving that people were actually interested in the topic I researched for them. So this just goes to prove that my community service was, in fact, beneficial, and helpful for me and my community.

     So next time you’re sitting at home bored and letting time get wasted, why not take a visit to the library, and ask if there’s a way you can help out, even if its only for an hour? Like our thirty-fifth president, John F. Kennedy, had once said, “One person can make a difference and every person should try.

Thanks, Kathy!

Visit our website to learn how you can volunteer at Niles Public LIbrary this summer.




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