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Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracies: fact or fiction? Some are believable, others stretch the outer limits of credulity. Which are which? You, the reader, decide.

Collected Conspiracies

The new hate: a history of fear and loathing on the populist right by Arthur Goldwag

Among the truthers: a journey through America's growing conspiracist underground by Jonathan K

63 documents the government doesn't want you to read by Jesse Ventura, with Dick Russ

Secret societies [videodisc]: the dark mysteries of power revealed by produced by Content Inc. and Imagen Satelital/Infinito Channel

Circle of intrigue: the hidden inner circle of the global Illuminati conspiracy by Texe Marrs

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!

Chow Down eBooks for Teens

Foodie Films and TV Shows

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film — A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession.


Julie & Julia [videodisc] — Julia Child's life is intertwined with the life of Julie Powell who decides to cook every recipe in Child's book "Mastering the art of French cooking" over the course of one year.


Chocolat [videodisc] by Miramax Films ; produced by David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran ; screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs ; directed by Lasse Hallström — A single mother opens a chocolate shop in rural France - with Sunday hours -  and meets resistance from the rigidly moral community. But, as the townspeople discover their delicious products, attitudes change.


Waitress [videodisc] by Night and Day Pictures — A young married waitress who bakes wonderful pies discovers that she is pregnant, and as she begins to write letters to her child her life begins to change.

Book Bundles

Looking for a book (or audiobook or movie) to complete a badge? Come into the library and grab a bundle. Bundles are two or three similar items which we've bundled together. Maybe they are read-alikes for a popular author, or perhaps they all share a theme.  Convenient and fun--pick one up today!

Foodie Fiction

Taste test by Kelly Fiore

The secret ingredient by Stewart Lewis

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Close to famous by Joan Bauer

Hot lunch by Alex Bradley






The fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

A la carte by Tanita S. Davis

The cupcake queen by Heather Hepler

Show Me the Cookbook: TV Programs and Chefs

Wacky Food Books

Culinary Arts Collection Database

The Culinary Arts Collection is a searchable database which includes major cooking and nutrition magazines and culinary journals. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information. Discover great reads for Chow Down.

Fiction for Cat Lovers

The guest cat by Takahashi Hiraide ; translated by Eric Selland

Family affair by Debbie Macomber

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson & Connie Brockway

Tails of wonder and imagination by edited by Ellen Datlow

The cat's meow by Emily Carmichael

The nine lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

What the cat saw by Carolyn Hart

Teen Fiction About Cats and Dogs

Parched by Melanie Crowder

Nothing but Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough

Rotten by Michael Northrop

Wisdom's Kiss: a thrilling and romantic adventure, incorporating magic, villany, and a cat by written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Cat Girl's day off by Kimberly Pauley

Inubaka: crazy for dogs. Vol. 1 by Yukiya Sakuragi

Ashes, ashes by Jo Treggiari

All About Dogs

Dog Memoirs

Books About Animal-Human Relationships

Healthy Pets

All About Cats

Around the World with Teen Fiction

Looking for a way to earn your Around the World Badge? Here are some great Teen titles to get you on your way!

A bride's story. Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori ; [translation, William Flanagan ; lettering, Abigail Blackman]


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


The evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell


Chains [sound recording] by Lauri Halse Anderson


Rules of the road by Joan Bauer


Son of fortune by Victoria McKernan

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 

For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind classic works of literature.

Get Pinspired to Be Creative

Claim your Be Creative eLectrified badge by using our Pinterest Boards to get creative for your Connect Your Summer experience. 
Find recommendations and inspiration on any of the pinboards, but try our Be Creative pinboard for great ideas on making, creating, and doing.