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My Boyfriend the Monster

Looking for romance with a little bite?  Check out these tales of tempting creatures.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Never cry werewolf by Heather Davis

Blood and chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

The frenzy by Francesca Lia Block

Once in a full moon by Ellen Schreiber

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Whispers at moonrise by C.C. Hunter

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. 

Endangered Animals

Some animals are in danger of becoming extinct.  If you are an animal lover that wants to learn more about these animals and how you can help, check out one of these books!

Extraordinary endangered animals by Sandrine Silhol and Gaëlle Guérive ; illustrations by Marie Doucedame

What's the difference?: an endangered animal subtraction story by Suzanne Slade ; illustrated by Joan Waites

Endangered animals by created and written by John Bonnett Wexo ; scientific consultant, Kurt Benirschke

Eyewitness endangered animals by written by Ben Hoare and Tom Jackson

Unusual Pets

Cats and dogs are fun, but check out these guides to keeping more interesting animals as pets

Miniature horses: cool pets! by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn

Caring for your hermit crab by Adele Richardson

Tricky tarantulas by Alex Kuskowski, author ; C.A. Nobens, illustrator

Bugs as pets by Jay F. Hemdal


Hilarious hedgehogs by Kelly Doudna, author ; C.A. Nobens, illustrator


The chinchilla handbook: filled with full-color photographs by Sharon L. Vanderlip; illustrations by Michele Earle-Bridges

eBooks for Animal Lovers

Looking for a good story about animals that you can take with you?  These downloadable eBooks are available through OverDrive.

Water for elephants [electronic resource]: a novel by Sara Gruen


The big cat nap [electronic resource]: the 20th anniversary Mrs. Murphy mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown ; illustrated by Michael Gellatly


Life of Pi [electronic resource]: a novel by Yann Martel


Ape house [electronic resource]: a novel by Sara Gruen


Animal farm [electronic resource] by George Orwell

Kids eBooks starring Animals

Check out these stories about animals, and take them with you wherever you go-on your Kindle, iPad, smartphone or other device!
All of these titles are available through OverDrive:

Flora & Ulysses [electronic resource]: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell

The familiars [electronic resource] by Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson ; art by Peter Chan & Kei Acedera

Animals on The Go: Downloadable eAudiobooks

Take these animal stories with you anywhere you go!  Download them to your smart phone, tablet, or MP3 player with OverDrive eAudiobooks.

Pure joy [electronic resource] by Danielle Steel


Making rounds with Oscar [electronic resource]: the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat by David Dosa


The puppy diaries [electronic resource]: [raising a dog named Scout] by Jill Abramson


A lion called Christian [electronic resource] by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall ; foreword by George Adamson


Oogy [electronic resource]: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin


Inside of a dog [electronic resource] by Alexandra Horowitz

eBooks for Animal Lovers: Non-Fiction Edition

Looking for a good, true story about animals that you can take with you?  These downloadable eBooks are available through OverDrive.

Cat sense [electronic resource]: how the new feline science can make you a better friend to your pet by John Bradshaw


Decoding your dog [electronic resource] by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists


Dewey [electronic resource]: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter


Chaser [electronic resource]: unlocking the genius of the dog who knows a thousand words by John W. Pilley with Hilary Hinzmann


Decoding your dog [electronic resource] by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

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!

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

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

True Stories of Animal Friendship

They might not be the same species, but these amazing animals know just how important it is to have a good friend by your side:

A mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler

Owen & Mzee: the language of friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kuhumbu ; with photographs by Peter Greste

Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by text and photography by Carol Buckley

Friends by written by Catherine Thimmesh