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Magical Beasts and Where To Find Them

These animals may not exist-but we love them anyway.  Dragons and monsters and unicorns, oh my!

Dreams and shadows by C. Robert Cargill

Storm riders by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes

The fellowship of the ring: being the first part of The Lord of the Rings by with a new foreword by the author, J.R.R. Tolkien

His majesty's dragon by Naomi Novik


A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin

Dragon keeper by Robin Hobb

Sleuth It: Dead and Done VI

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

The queen's head by Edward Marston

One corpse too many by Ellis Peters

Veil of lies: a medieval noir by Jeri Westerson

Wine of violence by Priscilla Royal

Death comes as epiphany by Sharan Newman

Fiction about Technology

Obsessed with your smartphone? In love with your tablet? These novels explore the dark side of placing too much trust in technology.

Extinction by Mark Alpert

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Super sad true love story: a novel by Gary Shteyngart

C by Tom McCarthy

For the win by Cory Doctorow

The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey

Utopia: a novel by Lincoln Child

CYS 2014: Curtains Up!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

Cool Cult Classics for Hot Summer Nights

Cult classics: the good, the so-bad-they're-good, and the ugly-but-still-pretty-good. They are the films that inspire a dedicated following, line-quoting, group viewings and many a Halloween costume. They may not have done that well at the box office, but they're survived the ages with their special cult status.

Have you seen these cult classics? If not, beat the heat with a viewing of some of these unconventionally cool movies.

The princess bride [videodisc] by [presented by] Act III Communications [Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd.]

Office space [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mike Judge film

The Rocky Horror picture show [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Michael White-Lou Adler production

Labyrinth [videodisc] by the Jim Henson Company and Lucasfilm Ltd. presents a Jim Henson film

Raising Arizona [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox ; Circle Films presents a Ted and Jim Pedasa/Ben Barenholtz production

When Animals Attack!

We like to think that we live in relative harmony with the wild and dangerous creatures around us, but sometimes nature (or science) reminds us that there are bigger, badder creatures on this planet-and some of them want to eat us. Some are tiny and come in large numbers, some are large and have sharp claws, and some hide in deep waters and have many rows of sharp teeth, such as the airborne predators in Sharknado.

Check out these spine-tingling films about when animals (or lizards or arachnids or...) attack!

Snakes on a plane [videodisc] by Hannah Rachel Production Services Ltd. ; Mutual Film Corporation ; New Line Cinema ; Patchwork Productions

The birds [videodisc] by screenplay by Evan Hunter ; directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Jurassic Park [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents an Amblin Entertainment Production ; directed by Steven Spielberg ; screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp

Medical Drama Nonfiction

And the band played on: politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic by Randy Shilts

Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

Gifted hands: the Ben Carson story by Ben Carson ; with Cecil Murphey

Girl, interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

The three faces of Eve by Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley

The vow : the true story behind the movie by Kim & Krickett Carpenter, with Dana Wilkerson

Murder Will Out: If You Like Agatha Christie

If you enjoy Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple you should try...

Death with reservations by Kate Kingsbury

The man with a load of mischief by Martha Grimes

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

Whose body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Cocaine blues: a Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood

Agatha Raisin and the case of the curious curate by M.C. Beaton

A nice class of corpse: a Mrs. Pargeter mystery by Simon Brett

Superheroes Hit the Big Screen

Comic Book Superheroes have hit Hollywood in a big way! Check out these action-packed films full of our favorite heroes.

Marvel's the Avengers [videodisc] by Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures, a Marvel Studios production ; written and directed by Joss Whedon

Superman returns [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Legendary Pictures in association with Bad Hat Harry

Thor [videodisc)] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

The amazing Spider-Man [videodisc] by produced by Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin, Matt Tolmach ; screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves ; directed by Marc Webb

Captain America. The first avenger [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

Top Ten Crime and Mystery Books on Goodreads

Here are the top ten most popular mystery and crime books of all time that are in our collection and are also listed at the top of Goodreads' 100 best. There is a link to the complete list which follows this top ten listing.

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson ; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland

Angels & demons by Dan Brown

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

In cold blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences by Truman Capote

The godfather by Mario Puzo

The lovely bones: a novel by Alice Sebold

Michigan Biography

"I Want To Believe"...: Supernatural Mysteries on TV

Need something to fill that X-Files-shaped hole in your TV viewing? These TV series feature investigations into the spooky and strange. (Warning: May contain aliens.)

Fringe. The complete first season. Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc]

Torchwood. The complete first season, Disc 1 [videodisc] by British Broadcasting Corporation

Supernatural. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by Kripke Enterprises, Inc. ; Wonderland Sound and Vision ; Warner Bros. Television

Eureka. Season 1. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Studios ; Sci Fi Channel

Warehouse 13. Season one. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Media Studios

Grimm. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by NBC

A Doctor's Insight: Medical Memoirs

If You Enjoy Suspense

If you enjoy Christian Fiction filled with suspense...

Fatal judgment: a novel by Irene Hannon

Unspoken by Dee Henderson

What lies within: a novel by Karen Ball

Intervention: a novel by Terri Blackstock

When a secret kills: a novel by Lynette Eason

Explore the World with CultureGrams

CultureGrams is an online database that features detailed information on over 200 countries.  Learn more about the peoples of other continents, or explore our neighbors to the North, South, East or West with the States and Provinces Editions, which tour the U.S. and Canada. 

Animal Lover Scavenger Hunt

Animals have scattered throughout the library! Can you find them all? Follow these instructions:
  1. Obtain an activity log from the CYS Activity Center.
  2. Read each clue and search the library to find a picture of the animal described.
  3. Write down the name and location of each animal you find.
  4. Submit your completed sheet at the Command Center to be entered into a drawing. Don’t forget to claim your Animal Lover: On The Scene badge online, too!

Discover Michigan's Great Outdoors

The Internet: Where Cats are Famous

The Internet is full of funny pictures, blogs, and videos on pretty much any topic.  These cats have spent so much time on our computer screens that we put them in books, too!

I am Maru by Mugumogu

I can has cheezburger?: a LOLcat collekshun by Eric Nakagawa and Kari Unebasami

How to take over teh wurld: a LOLcat guide 2 winning by Professor Happycat and icanhascheezburger.com

Suggestions for Traveling "Around the World" with CYS

If exotic locales do not fit your summer travel plans, here are some suggestions for reading and listening. Remember "travel" can be in your own backyard as well as "around the world."

Broaden children's listening horizons with:

The rough guide to world playtime [sound recording]

Mariachi fiesta! [sound recording]: sing-along

The rough guide to African music for children [sound recording]

Putumayo kids presents Asian dreamland [sound recording]

Sing-along travel songs [sound recording]

The rough guide to African lullabies [sound recording]

Swing around the world [sound recording]

Beyond our comprehensive selection in travel guides, these choices might catch adult interests: