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Chow Down at Chez CPL

Have you been here for a bit and find yourself getting hungry?
Come to Chez CPL located treeat the Tree in the Children's Department and enjoy a real or pretend snack. We'll have fake food available for your pretend picnic, or bring a snack and book of your own to enjoy under the leafy green tree. Be sure to hop online and claim your Chow Down On the Scene Badge while you are here! Enjoy!

Secret Codes & Ciphers: Can You Solve It?

The black book of buried secrets by [written by Mallory Kass] ; introduction by Rick Riordan

Sly the sleuth and the code mysteries by Donna Jo Napoli and Robert Furrow ; illustrated by Heather Maione

Secrets of Greymoor by Clara Gillow Clark

Library Picture Books

Lola at the library by Anna McQuinn ; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Library lion by Michelle Knudsen ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

The librarian of Basra: a true story from Iraq by written & illustrated by Jeanette Winter

The library dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy ; illustrated by Michael P. White

But, excuse me, that is my book by Lauren Child

Biblioburro: a true story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter

Library mouse by Daniel Kirk

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.

Michigan Authors and Illustrators for Kids

The dragon & the knight: a pop-up misadventure by Robert Sabuda

Imogene's antlers by David Small

A sick day for Amos McGee by written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead

The library by Sarah Stewart ; pictures by David Small

Up, up, up dear dragon by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

Alien ice cream by David Anthony and Charles David ; illustrations, Lys Blakeslee

The Fran with four brains by Jim Benton

Cryptids: Crazy, Mysterious Animals

Tales of the cryptids: mysterious creatures that may or may not exist by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, Roxyanne Young

Sea monsters by Melissa Higgins ; content consultant Joseph Nigg, author of Wonder Beasts and other books on mythical animals

Mysteries unwrapped: mutants & monsters by written by Oliver Ho ; illustrated by Josh Cochran

Biggest, baddest book of monsters by Anders Hanson & Elissa Mann

The Doctor is In: Biographies

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.

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.

Bird Books for the Young at Heart

Emu by Claire Saxby ; illustrated by Graham Byrne

Nest by Jorey Hurley

Flamingos by Melissa Gish

Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth

Do you really want a bird? by Bridget Heos ; illustrated by Katya Longhi

Have you heard the nesting bird? by words by Rita Gray ; pictures by Kenard Pak

Mama built a little nest by Jennifer Ward ; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Teen Detectives

Nancy Drew [videodisc] by Jerry Weintraub Productions ; Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Virtual Studios

Scooby-Doo's original mysteries [videodisc] by Hanna- Barbera Productions ; based on characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera ; produced by Joseph Barbera

The Hardy Boys [videodisc]: season one by Universal ; produced in association with Glen Larson Productions

The adventures of Tintin [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures present ; in association with Hemisphere Media Capital ; an Amblin Entertainment Wingnut Films Kennedy/Marshall production ; directed by Steven Spielberf ; produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy ; screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish

I love my family

No ordinary family by Ute Krause ; [translated by Nicholas Miller]

Family and friends by Kathy Thornborough ; illustrations by Kathleen Petelinsek

What makes a family? by Diana Kenney, M.A.Ed., NBCT

Love is a family by Roma Downey ; illus. by Justine Gasquet

Stella brings the family by Miriam B. Schiffer ; illustrations by Holly Clifton-Brown

Remember, Grandma? by Laura Langston ; illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner

Welcome to the family by written by Mary Hoffman ; illustrated by Ros Asquith

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.

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.

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!

Road Trip Reads for Teens

Amy & Roger's epic detour by Morgan Matson

Paper towns by John Green

An abundance of Katherines by John Green

13 little blue envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Going bovine by Libba Bray

Just one wish by Janette Rallison

Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Graphic Novels for Girls

Britt Wilson's cat dad, king of the Goblins by Wilson, Britt, artist, author

Spirited away. Vol. 1 by written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Hilda and the bird parade by Luke Pearson

Pippi fixes everything by Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman ; translated by Tiina Nunnally

Comics Squad: recess! by edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka ; comics by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, Gene Luen Yang

Babymouse. Vol. 1, Queen of the world! by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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]

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

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.)