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Love It Cootie Catcher

Not sure what to read? Make a “cootie catcher” to help you decide. We’ll point you to just the right area to find something you’ll enjoy! Don’t forget to claim your Love It badge online!

Middle School Mysteries

These great middle school mysteries are available as audiobooks or printed copies. Listen to them for the Sleuth It: eLectrified badge, or read them for the Sleuth It: Super Bookworm Badge.

Hold fast [sound recording] by Blue Balliett —  On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father

Also available in print.

Geek Out at the CYS Selfie Station

Take a selfie with Thorndyke to earn your Geek Out badge. Up the geek factor by wearing something geeky or holding up your favorite science book while you snap your photo. To be eligible for prize opportunities, share your selfie on social media with the #cysisawesome hashtag, and don’t forget to claim your Geek Out badge online and submit a ticket at the CYS Command Center near the Self Service Area. (Don’t have a camera? See someone at the children’s desk.)

Share a Story

There's so much to love about sharing a story. Pick an old favorite or something new, and find a nice place in the library to read aloud for 15 minutes. Try a cozy nook in the Children's Department, or even take your book out to the pond or butterfly garden. Share your book with someone you love, a new friend, or a passing butterfly! Don’t forget to claim your On the Scene Love It badge online, and fill out a ticket in the CYS Command Center near the Self Service area.

Dog-gone Fun: Canine Fiction

Dog-lovers will enjoy these novels for kids that feature "man's best friend."

Soldier dog by Sam Angus

The incredible journey by Sheila Every Burnford ; with illustrations by Carl Burger

The amazing odorous adventures of Stinky Dog by James Howe ; illustrated by Brett Helquist

The empty city by Erin Hunter

Waiting for the magic by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Amy June Bates

Big dog decisions by Michele Jakubowski ; illustrated by Luisa Montalto

Flavorful Fiction for Kids

Chapter Books

Pickle: the (formerly) anonymous prank club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker ; illustrated by Tim Probert — Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA.

Salt: a story of friendship in a time of war by Helen Frost — Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes — In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.

Flavorful Nonfiction for Kids

Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos — Songs, oral histories, maps, and more than eighty archival illustrations help trace the history of sugar and the sugar trade.

The story of Coca-Cola by Lonnie Bell — Discusses the founding and development of Coca-Cola, which calls itself "the world's soft drink."

The seed vault by Bonnie Juettner — The seed vault in Norway houses plant seeds from around the world to be stored in the event that the plant needs to be re-introduced into the food supply.

Fighting Off Illness

Read about how colds, the flu, and other diseases affect you, or how characters in stories deal with being sick.

Your body battles a cold by Vicki Cobb; photomicrographs by Dennis Kunkel; illustrated by Andrew N. Harris

The common cold by Terry Allan Hicks

The flu by Jim Ollhoff

Fighting the flu by Robyn Hardyman

Back off, sneezy!: a kids' guide to staying well by Rachelle Kreisman; illustrations by Tim Haggerty


You can't take your body to a car mechanic by Fred Ehrlich and Amanda Haley

Making, Tinkering, and Coding for Kids

Cooking Up Fun: Stories With Characters Who Cook

Food lovers can enjoy these scrumptious stories featuring characters who are cooks or who just love to dabble in the kitchen.

Recipe for disaster by Laura Driscoll

Ratatouille: the junior novelization by Kitty Richards

Madame Pamplemousse and her incredible edibles by Rupert Kingfisher ; illustrated by Sue Hellard

Going overboard! by Nancy Krulik ; illustrated by John & Wendy

Evertaster: course of legends by Adam Glendon Sidwell

Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson ; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Battle!

August 12, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Never played before? Doesn't matter. We'll supply the cards for you and teach you how to play. Come battle with monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! style. No Registration required.

Circus and Magic Acts for Kids

The show must go on! by Kate Klise ; illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Two mice and a crow, who travel with a circus, cleaning up the spilled popcorn after every performance, come to the rescue when a greedy con artist takes over the management of the circus. Book #1 in The Three-Ring Rascals series

Escape!: the story of the great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926.

Who's Who in Sports

Joltin' Joe DiMaggio by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by James E. Ransome

The boy in number four by Kara Kootstra ; illustrated by Regan Thomson ; with an afterword by Bobby Orr

Lewis Tewanima: born to run by Sharon K. Solomon ; illustrated by Lisa Fields

Silent star: the story of deaf major leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise ; pictures by Adam Gustavson

Lipman Pike: America's first home run king by Richard Michelson ; and illustrated by Zachary Pullen

Shakespeare Adaptations for Kids

Brick Shakespeare: the tragedies— Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar by as told and illustrated by John McCann, Monica Sweeney, and Becky Thomas

Macbeth by a graphic novel adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds ; based on the play by William Shakespeare

The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Stratford Zoo midnight revue presents: Macbeth by written by Ian Lendler ; art by Zack Giallongo ; colors by Alisa Harris

Curtains Up Movie Ballots

What movies do you like to watch when you beat the heat? Vote for your favorite films, and we’ll tally the votes to determine what to show on our Movie Madness Day, Monday 8-26-2015. Don’t forget to claim your Curtains Up badge online!

Minecraft for Kids

Minecraft: awesome building ideas for you by Minecraft Books

Minecraft hacks: the unofficial guide to tips and tricks that other guides won't teach you by Megan Miller

The ultimate Minecraft comic book: a graphic novel. Volume 1, The curse of Herobrine by Herobrine Comics

Minecraft hacks master builder: the unofficial guide to tips and tricks that other guides won't teach you by Megan Miller

Minecraft construction handbook by written by Matthew Needler and Phil Southam (FyreUK) ; illustrations by James Barker and Theo Cordner

Minecraft: redstone handbook by written by Nick Farwell ; illustrations by James Burlinson, Theo Cordner [and 5 others]

People of Literature

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? Or the reporters behind the news? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind the writing.

A home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Recipes from Around the World

Passport on a plate: a round-the-world cookbook for children by Diane Simone Vezza ; illustrated by Susan Greenstein

One world kids cookbook by Sean Mendez ; foreword by Ferran Adriá

Kids around the world cook!: the best foods and recipes from many lands by Arlette N. Braman ; illustrated by Jo- Ellen Bosson

The international cookbook for kids by Matthew Locricchio ; photographs by Marshall Cavendish

Easy vegetarian foods from around the world by Sheila Griffin Llanas

Bubble Man Ron Loyd

Bubbleologist Ron Loyd has been presenting bubble programs for over 25 years to audiences from preschoolers to septuagenarians!  He makes big bubbles and little bubbles, bubbles IN bubbles and beyond.  Join us in welcoming this bubble professional on Thursday, July 30 from 10:00-11:00AM.

Video Game Themed Movies and TV Shows

The last starfighter [videodisc] by Universal

Level up [videodisc] by produced by Gideon Amir ; written by David Schneider, Derek Guiley ; directed by Peter Lauer

Pac-man and the ghostly adventures [videodisc]: let the games begin! directed by Moto Sakakibara [videodisc] by produced by Gauri Khan ; story and direction by Anubhav Sinha

Spy kids 3: [videodisc] game over by Dimension Films ; Los Hooligans Productions ; Troublemaker Studios

Sword art online. Vol. 1 [videodisc]: Aincrad arc, part 1 by director, Tomohiko Ito

Sword art online. Vol. 2 [videodisc]: Aincrad arc, part 2 by director, Tomohiko Ito