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Animals Stories on Film

The lion king [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures

March of the penguins [videodisc] by Bonne Pioche ; Buena Vista International Film Production France ; Canal+ ; APC ; L'Institut Polare Français Paul Enice Victor

Wings of life [videodisc] by DisneyNature ; Blacklight Films ; director, Louie Schwartzerg ; producer, Alix Tidmarsh, Louie Schwartzberg ; screenplay, Louie Schwartzberg

101 Dalmatians [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures

Wild kratts. Tiny trouble [videodisc] by produced by the Kratt Brothers Company

Games and Toys

Curiosity by Gary Blackwood — In 1835, when his father is put in a Philadelphia debtor's prison, twelve-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety.


Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler — Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.


The toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt ; with illustrations by Gary Blythe — What good is a toy that will wind down? What if you could put a heart in one? A real heart. One that beat and beat and didn't stop. What couldn't you do if you could make a toy like that? From the moment Mathias becomes the owner of a mysterious piece of paper, he is in terrible danger.

Gross Science

Like to be grossed out? Check out these books that describe yucky, icky, or downright disgusting stuff from the world of science, from bacteria to body functions.

Micro mania: a really close-up look at bacteria, bedbugs & the zillions of other gross little creatures that live in, on & all around you! by Jordan D. Brown



Don't touch that!: the book of gross, poisonous, and downright icky plants and critters by Jeff Day


Hawk & drool: gross stuff in your mouth by Sandy Donovan and Michael Slack

Camp Out with Your Favorite Characters: Easy Readers

The camping trip by Catherine Hapka ; pictures by Anne Kennedy

Flat Stanley goes camping by created by Jeff Brown ; by Lori Haskins Houran ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan

Rocky and Daisy go camping by Melinda Melton Crow ; illustrated by Mike Brownlow

Bert and Ernie go camping by illustrated by Ernie Kwiat

Olivia goes camping by adapted by Alex Harvey ; based on the screenplay written by Patrick [sic] Resnick ; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

Animal Picture Books on Tumblebooks

Are you stumped trying to figure out how to earn your Animal Lover eLectrified badge? Check out this great list of Animal Picture Books we offer on our awesome website, Tumblebooks.  You can find each of these titles by using the search box at the top of the Tumblebooks site. Enjoy!
  • Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Wolf's Courage by Joe Kulka
  • Animals in Camoulflage by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
  • Chicken Big by Keith Graves
  • For Just One Day by Laura Leuck

Time Traveling Adventurers

Honus & me by Dan Gutman

Secret in the tower: a tale of the American Revolution by Candice Ransom ; illustrated by Greg Call

Dinosaurs before dark by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

2095 by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane Smith

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court by written by Mark Twain ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

My Favorite Girls: Chapter Books

Whether you're revisiting old favorites or experiencing them for the first time, here are some great characters, beloved of one life-long reader.

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Dealing with dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Little women by Louisa May Alcott

Ballet shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace ; illustrated by Lois Lenski

The Baby-sitter's Club. Vol. 1. Kristy's great idea by Ann M. Martin ; artist, Raina Telgemeier

True Stories take a Creative Turn: Graphic Novels

Some of these graphic novels describe true events outright, and others are based on real stories, but all of them turn history into a visual treat.

Hidden: a child's story of the Holocaust by written by Loïc Dauvillier ; illustrated by Marc Lizano ; color by Greg Salsedo ; translated by Alexis Siege

Around the world: three remarkable journeys by Matt Phelan

Houdini: the life of the great escape artist by Agnieszka Biskup ; illustrated by Pat Kinsella

The Korean War by Gary Jeffrey & illustrated by Terry Riley

To dance: a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel ; with artwork by Mark Siegel

Great Kids Non-fiction Animal Books on Tumblebooks

During the summer, it is a great time to keep learning about all the amazing animals in the world around us and earn your Animal Lover eLectrified Badge! The online resource, Tumblebooks, provides great options that are both colorful and informative. You can find each of these titles on their site by using the search box at the top of the page. Enjoy!
  • Dolphins by James DeMedeiros
  • Big Blue by Shelley Gill
  • Have you Ever Seen an Octopus with a  Broom? by Etta Kaner
  • Seahorses by Judy Wearing
  • Animals:  black and White by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

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.

Library Scavenger Hunt

Follow the clues around the library to find 7 letters, spell the word and solve the puzzle! Don’t forget to claim your Sleuth It badge online!

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.

Movies from Children's Literature

See your favorite stories on the big screen. Read the book to earn your Bookworm badge, then watch the movie to earn your eLectrified badge.

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day by Judith Viorst ; illustrated by Ray Cruz

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day [videodisc] by Disney presents a 21 Laps/Jim Henson Company production ; produced by Shawn Levy ; screenplay by Rob Lieber ; directed by Miguel Arteta

Shrek! by William Steig

Shrek [videodisc] by produced by John H. Williams, Aron Warner, Jeffrey Katzenberg ; directed by Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson ; written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson ; retold by Naomi Lewis ; illustrated by Christian Birmingham

Tumblebooks Awesome Animal Early Reader and Chapter Books

During the summer, keeping up on your reading should be fun and relaxing! Check out these great Early Chapter Books and Readers available on Tumblebooks. Reading any of these will help you earn your Animal Lover eLectrified Badge. In order to find the books, simply follow the link and type the title into the search box on the Tumblebooks homepage.  Enjoy!
  • Any Pet Will Do by Nancy Shouse
  • Goldfish Don't Take Bubble Baths by Trina Wiebe
  • Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #3 Pony Problems by Carolyn Keene
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Sea Dog by Dayle Campbell Gaetz

Making, Tinkering, and Coding for Kids

Perform a Puppet Show

Tell a story with puppets! Use one or more of the puppets from our collection to put on a play and you can claim your Curtains Up badge!

Easy Reader Friendships we Love

Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas ; illustrated by Lisa McCue

Brownie & Pearl see the sights by Cynthia Rylant ; pictures by Brian Biggs

Frog and friends by written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Josée Masse

Shoo, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

Kids, Where Would you Go this Summer?

A great way to explore new places is through books. Be sure to read a few of these and earn your Around the World Super Bookworm Badge!

In the Forbidden City by [written by Chiu Kwong-chiu ; designed and illustrated by Design and Cultural Studies Workshop ; translation by Ben Wang]


We visit India by Khadija Ejaz


Buried alive!: how 33 miners survived 69 days deep under the Chilean desert by Elaine Scott


Jimmy the joey: the true story of an amazing koala rescue by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly ; photographs by Susan Kelly


US geography through infographics by Nadia Higgins


Norway by Derek Zobel

ebooks Crafts for Kids

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