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Growing Well Together

Make one change for better health this summer.  Earn your Be Well On the Scene badge by writing the change you plan to make on a green paper leaf (available at the CYS Activity  Center), then turning it in to the blue On the Scene box.  Your leaf will be added to our Tree of Wellness.

Great Outdoors - Library Grounds Scavenger Hunt

Can't make it to a Great Outdoors program? That's ok! Stop by the CYS Command Center and grab a Great Outdoors Scavenger Hunt sheet.  Walk around the outside of the library and find the items on the list, then turn it in for a chance to win a prize!

Game On - Puzzle Activitiy

Can't make it to a Game On program?  That's ok, we've got two fun puzzles you can complete any time you're in the library this summer.  Stop by the CYS Command Center and grab a word search, or "match the rule to the game" puzzle sheet.

Kids on Stage

Annabel the actress, starring in camping it up by Ellen Conford ; illustrated by Renee W. Andriani

Stage fright by David Lubar ; illustrated by Matt Loveridge

Lights, camera— cats! by Carolyn Keene ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

Better Nate than ever by Tim Federle

Picture perfect by P.G. Kain

William's midsummer dreams by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Starring Jules (in drama-rama) by Beth Ain ; illustrated by Anne Keenan Higgins

Sink Your Teeth In: Fiction Featuring WereBeasts

Be it a furry romance, or a spine-tingling horror novel, these part-human, part-beast creatures have taken hold of our literary imaginations!

Red moon: a novel by Benjamin Percy

Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris

Moon called by Patricia Briggs

Darkness devours by Keri Arthur

Beauty and the werewolf by Mercedes Lackey

Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bound to shadows by Keri Arthur

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

Cute Baby Animals

Check out these adorable books about the youngest animals out there!

Are you my baby? by Kathleen Rizzi

Baby animals by Roger Priddy

Animal babies by Andrea Pinnington and Tory Gordon- Harris

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: spring babies by written by Erica Silverman ; painted by Betsy Lewin

Biscuit and the little pup by story by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; pictures by Pat Schories

TV Shows About Nature and Animals

Planet Earth. The complete series, Disc 1 [videodisc] by British Broadcasting Corporation ; 2 entertain ; A BBC / Discovery Channel / NHK co-production


Nature's most amazing events [videodisc] by a BBC/ Discovery Channel co-production in association with Wanda Firms

Blue planet [videodisc] by a film for the National Air and Space Museum presented by Lockheed and [the Museum]

Earth [videodisc] by Disneynature presents a BBC, Greenlight Media, Discovery Channel co-production, a BBC Natural History Unit film

The blue planet. Seas of life, Disc 1 [videodisc] by a BBC/Discovery Channel co-production

Animal Heroes

Animal heroes: true rescue stories by Sandra Markle

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

Courageous canine: and more true stories of amazing animal heroes by Kelly Milner Halls

Dog heroes by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

The winter horses by Philip Kerr

Soldier dog by Sam Angus


Horse heroes by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Learn about Weird, Gross and Awesome Animals

Not all animals are cute cuddly. Some of them are gross or downright weird.

Weird sea creatures by Erich Hoyt

Odd animal helpers by Gabrielle Reyes

Animal grossapedia by Melissa Stewart

Ack! icky, sticky, gross stuff underground by Pam Rosenberg ; illustrated by: Beatriz Helena Ramos

Animal grossology: the science of creatures gross and disgusting by Sylvia Branzei ; illustrated by Jack Keely

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

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. 

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

Want to learn more about the wide world of wildlife?

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia is a searchable ebook for learning more about your favorite animals - from the pig-nosed turtles and river otters to emus and wildebeests.

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