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Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Clockworks and Steam Power: Steampunk for Adults

The world of steampunk literature imagines a different historical path-a world run on iron and steam, where the preferred method of travel is the dirigible and everything that moves is run on clockworks.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Dead iron by Devon Monk

The windup girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The diamond age ; or, Young lady's illustrated primer by Neal Stephenson

Mainspring by Jay Lake

Soulless by Gail Carriger

The half-made world by Felix Gilman

Teens' Top Ten 2012

We know these are books teens love because the Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where the American Library Association has teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The fault in our stars by John Green

Legend by Marie Lu

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Across the universe [sound recording] by Beth Revis

Books for Teens Who Love Adventure Stories

Variant by Robison Wells

The knife of never letting go [sound recording] by Patrick Ness

The maze runner by James Dashner

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz ; adapted by Antony Johnston ; illustrated by Kanako Damerum & Yuzuru Takasaki

The night she disappeared by April Henry

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Everyone Loves a Hero: True Stories of Real Heroes

CYS Green Thumb

Curtains Up Children's Picture Books

You can't take a balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts by story by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman ; pictures by Robin Preiss Glasser

Giraffes can't dance by Giles Andreae ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Dancing in the wings by Debbie Allen ; pictures by Kadir Nelson

The barn dance by Pat Hutchins

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Curtains Up Children's Readers & Fiction Books

Elephants cannot dance! by Mo Willems

Dancing with the star by Alex Harvey ; illustrated by Stephen Reed

Practice makes perfect by text and jacket art by Rosemary Wells ; interior illustrations by Jody Wheeler

The smile by Donna Jo Napoli

Leonardo's shadow: or, My astonishing life as Leonardo da Vinci's servant by Christopher Grey

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ; with artwork by Brett Helquist

Heidi Heckelbeck is ready to dance! by Wanda Coven ; illustrated by Priscilla Burris

Chow Down Easy Readers

Check out some of these easy-to-read books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Pancakes, crackers, and pizza: a book about shapes by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler ; illustrations by Steven Hayes ; prepared under the direction of Robert Hillerich

Good food by written by DeMar Reggier ; illustrated by David Austin Clar

The greedy python by Richard Buckley ; illustrated by Eric Carle

Custard Surprise by Bernard Lodge ; pictures by Tim Bowers

Pete the cat: Pete's big lunch by created by James Dean

Easy as apple pie by Karen Gray Ruelle

Curtains Up Children's Non-Fiction Books

Kids make music!: clapping & tapping from Bach to rock by Avery Hart and Paul Mantell ; illustrated by Loretta Trezzo Braren

M is for melody: a music alphabet by written by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by Katherine Larson

Linnea in Monet's garden by text, Christina Bjork ; drawings, Lena Anderson

The twelve dancing princesses by a fairy tale by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell ; illustrated by Dorothée Duntze

Cool painting: the art of creativity for kids by Anders Hanson

Painting by Jane Bower

Curtains Up Teen Books

Take a bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Time to shine by Nikki Carter

The girl who became a Beatle by Greg Taylor

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Audrey, wait! by Robin Benway

Marie, dancing by Carolyn Meyer

House of Dance by Beth Kephart

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer

Healthy Pets

Healthy Kids

Healthy eating by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Healthy foods from A to Z by [executive editor, Stephanie Maze] = Comida sana de la A a la Z / [editora ejecutiva, Stephanie Maze]

10 ways I can live a healthy life by Sara Antill

My healthy body by Liza Fromer and Francine Gerstein ; illustrated by Joe Weissmann

Going organic: a healthy guide to making the switch by Dana Meachen Rau

Cool relaxing: healthy & fun ways to chill out! by Alex Kuskowski

Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy mom, healthy baby: the ultimate pregnancy guide by Siobhan Dolan and Alice Lesch Kelly

Be fruitful: the essential guide to maximizing fertility and giving birth to a healthy child by Victoria Maizes ; foreword by Andrew Weil

Beautiful babies: nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding & baby's first foods by Kristen Michaelis

Pregnancy health yoga: your essential guide for bump, birth, and beyond by Tara Lee and Mary Attwood ; foreword by Dr. Gowri Motha creator of the gentle birth method

Mommy IQ: the complete guide to pregnancy by Rosie Pope ; foreword by Amos Grunebaum

Healthy Living

Historical Fiction for Kids

The blood stone by Jamila Gavin

Destiny, rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Ben and me: a new and astonishing life of Benjamin Franklin as written by his good mouse Amos by lately discovered, edited & illustrated by Robert Lawson

Soldier bear by written by Bibi Dumon Tak ; illustrated by Philip Hopman ; translated by Laura Watkinson

Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

Chow Down Books For Teens

A teen guide to eco-gardening, food, and cooking by Jen Green

Cooking up a storm by Sam Stern, with Susan Stern

Eat fresh food: awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team ; photographs by Phil Mansfield

Food for feeling healthy by Carol Ballard

Fast food nation: the dark side of the all-American meal by Eric Schlosser

Peanut by written by Ayun Halliday ; illustrated by Paul Hoppe

The sweet life of Stella Madison by Lara Zeises

Craft Books for Beginners

Earn your Be Creative badge and learn a new craft all at the same time! Don't forget to share your finished project!

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginners by edited by Carine Tracanelli

175 easy-to-do everyday crafts by edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook: a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo ; illustrated by Carrie Wheeler ; photography by John Samora

Scrapbooking made easy! by Jill A. Rinner

The joy of beading: more than 50 easy projects for jewelry, flowers, decor, accessories by Anna Borrelli ; translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

Be Creative at Mealtime

Tired of the same old supper? Looking to mix up mealtime? Checkout one of these cookbooks, find an exciting but easy new recipe and earn your Be Creative Badge for your efforts. Be sure share your experience!

Savvy Seniors: June is National Men's Health Month

June is National Men’s Health Month and a time when we remind men about the real life benefits of exercise and physical activity, which can have a positive impact on men’s health and may help manage certain health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, and Heart Disease. (Resource: GetFit4Life)

Cuts fitness for men: the ultimate 30-minute workout by John Gennaro, with Myatt Murphy and Steven Haase

The FastDiet: lose weight, stay healthy, and live longer with the simple secret of intermittent fasting by Dr. Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer

Diabetes rescue diet: conquer diabetes naturally while eating and drinking what you love—even chocolate and wine! by Mark Bricklin

Best practices for a healthy heart: how to stop heart disease before or after it starts by Sarah Samaan