Like many kids of the ’90s, I loved dinosaurs. The 1993 film Jurassic Park sparked a generation of people who became fascinated with prehistoric creatures, and I was one of them. I thought dinosaurs were so cool, that for my high school senior project, I interned at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, in the Vertebrate Paleontology Department, to get my dinosaur fix. So when I heard that a new dinosaur movie, Jurassic World, was coming out this summer, I was probably just as excited as my 8-year-old cousin.
But now that I’m an adult, and I did get that taste of real dinosaur study, I can enjoy both the larger-than-life dinosaur action on screen and appreciate the real story of the dinosaurs. For those of you like me who can appreciate a fun film, but still like to play real vs. reel, we have plenty of information about dinosaurs in the Sheridan Libraries.
In addition to natural histories, studies, and descriptions of paleontological digs, we have books, ebooks, documentaries, and other materials all about prehistoric animals. Maybe your ideal summer vacation is digging up fossils, so you should first check Dinosaur Digs: Places Where You Can Discover Prehistoric Creatures to get a start in the right direction. If you’re more of an artist, we have an ebook to help you sculpt, mold, and paint dinosaurs: Dinosaur Sculpting: A Complete Guide. Just want some trivia to impress your friends as you wait in line to see Jurassic World? Take a quick look at the 10 page ebook, 50 Quick Dinosaur Facts. And, we even have a bedtime story you can read to the young ones in your life, Good Night Dinosaur.