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Parents and children are invited to dive into our Virtual Library and enjoy ebooks, videos, music, crafts,
recommended reads, and more! Check back each week for a new set of themed activities.
Click on the title/image to go to the listed activity, or watch our pathfinder videos if you need help.
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WATCH & LISTEN

Kanopy-CharactersBabar and the Adventures of Badou - Gold Bug
A treasure hunt begins when Babar’s grandson, Badou, finds a beetle covered in gold dust. This episode also contains The Gunkifier. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackBugs in My Hair!
Guaranteed to make you itch, this story shows the funny side of waging war against - oh no! - head lice.
Funnel_Web_SpiderBushwhacked! - Funnel Web Spider
Join Brandon and Kayne as they travel to remote corners of Australia and discover weird and wonderful wildlife. In this episode, our hosts track down one of the deadliest and rarest spiders on earth: the northern tree-dwelling Funnel Web Spider! If you love this episode, don’t miss Honey Ants and Wolf Spider!
Kanopy-Banner_FranklinCaillou the Brave - Creepy Crawlies
Caillou decides to teach his little sister, Rosie, about different kinds of insects in their backyard. Thanks to Caillou's stories and drawings, Rosie soon learns that bugs are interesting, not icky. This show also contains Caillou and the Big Slide and Caillou the Sailor.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackCuriosity Quest Goes Green - Pests in the Environment
Find out how people are helping Planet Earth from an upbeat, educational family show. In this episode, viewers learn how to keep pests out of our environment without using pesticides or herbicides. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Caterpillar_StripedThe Day Henry Met... A Caterpillar
Every day Henry meets something new! Today, Henry meets a caterpillar and learns how this cheerful leaf-eater transforms into a beautiful butterfly.
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Earth To Luna! - Flying Lights

Imagination and science combine in this series about a curious girl, her younger brother, and her pet ferret. In this episode, Luna, Jupiter, and Clyde discover why lightning bugs flash their lights. Don’t miss Luna’s other insect adventures: Roly Poly Fun and A Snail Tale!
Kanopy-Banner_FranklinFranklin and Friends - Franklin Gets Bugged
Franklin, Fox, and Beaver get together to make a great bug habitat. This episode also contains Franklin and the Snow Dragon.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackMaya The Bee Movie
Despite the rules of her hive, sweet bee Maya makes friends with a violin-playing grasshopper, a dung beetle, and even a young hornet named Sting. When the hive's Royal Jelly is stolen, it's up to Maya and her friends to prove their innocence and find the missing jelly!

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Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

In this charming animated film, a stranded ladybug forms an alliance with a squad of black ants to retrieve an unusual treasure for the ant colony.

Kanopy-CharactersWild Kratts - Liturgusa Krattorum
Join Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible animals in habitats around the globe! In this episode, the Kratt Brothers learn that a newly discovered praying mantis species has been named after them. When jealous villains decide to capture all of the Liturgusa krattorum, it’s up to the Wild Kratts to rescue their namesakes!
Ants_TrioThe Ants Go Marching (Animals Are Awesome!, Track 10)
March along with Sharon, Lois & Bram as they perform this classic children’s song, then stop by the Ladybugs' Picnic (Track 19). Stream these songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal-buttonThe Bug Day Out (Big Books Tunes for ORIGO Stepping Stones 2.0: Grade K, Track 8)
Bug out to the amusement park with Coles Whalen and your favorite insects.
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Bug Hunting (Things We Love to Do, Track 1)
Kelvin Roy invites you to grab your magnifying glass and discover the wonderful world of bugs! Stream this song anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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Bugs in Cahoots (My Backyard, Track 2)

In this silly song, it’s one family versus the bugs in a picnic showdown! On the other antenna, Will Stroet describes how bugs help humans in Make Friends with an Earthworm (Track 5).
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Butterfly Away (Sundrops, Track 11)

Enjoy a caterpillar’s musical journey from crawling to flying, performed by The Harmonica Pocket. Stream this song anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoFireflies (Tunes for Babies and Toddlers, Track 2)
A soothing instrumental tune that’s perfect for naptime. Like this song? Check out Cuddle Bug (Track 15) and Busy Spider (Track 7)!
Spider_BW Itsy Bitsy Spider (Let's Play! Silly Songs for Fun - Clever Kids Collection, Vol. 2, Track 9)
No list of bug music would be complete without the spider climbing a rainspout. Looking for a new way to experience this classic song? Try listening and singing along in French!
Freegal LogoKidloland Insect Songs
Little ones will enjoy these songs dedicated to their favorite (and not so favorite) bugs!
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Ladybug One

This album has insect songs ranging from silly to serene, including Ladybug 123, Firefly, Spiders in My Breakfast, and Bumblebee Lullabye.
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The Ugly Bug Ball (Silly Sing Along Fun Songs - Bright Mind Kids, Vol. 1, Track 28)

Dance the day away at the Ugly Bug Ball with Paul Austin Kelly!

READ & EXPLORE

Scorpion

Arachnid

Learn about spiders, scorpions, and mites…oh my!
britannica-library-children-logoInsect
Check out these insect facts from Britannica Library for Children.
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Insects and other Arthropods

Find information about your favorite insects and arachnids! On the Britannica page, choose the Arachnid or Insect button in the left column to see an A to Z list of each bug type.
bookflix-buttonBug Titles on BookFlix (Animals and Nature)
Enjoy stories and discover facts about different kinds of insects with video storybooks and ebooks. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the BookFlix icon.
Tumblebook Logo Insects TumbleBooks
Don't miss our collection of animated insect storybooks and videos. Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the TumbleBook Library icon.
Ant_Close-UpAnts Rule
Take a trip to an ant colony with Ranger Rick (May 2017 Issue, pgs. 6-11) and learn about these tiny-but-tough insects! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Ask a Bug

Get answers to your trickiest bug questions. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this Gale eBooks title.
Book_Cover-Bee_BookThe Bee Book
Wondering what all the buzz is about? Discover how bees live, work, and support their hive. You can also learn how to help bees in your garden by building bee homes and using bee-friendly plants! Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this Gale eBooks title.
Gale_eBooks-IconBug Hunter
Explore the creepy-crawly kingdom by studying insects in their natural habitats and completing hands-on activities. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this Gale eBooks title.
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Butterflies

Spread your wings with these fluttering beauties from Zoobooks (May/June 2016 Issue). Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.

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Butterfly & Moth

Learn about the behavior and life cycles of butterflies and moths, including camouflage, habitat, and their growth from pupa to larva to adult. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this Gale eBooks title.

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Insect

With interesting facts and beautiful photography, DK Eyewitness Books takes readers into the busy world of insects!
Jumping_SpiderSpiders
Swing over to Zoobooks’ Spiders issue (Dec. 2018) and learn about web-crawling, ground-dwelling, and even tree-dangling arachnids! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Ranger Rick
(Jun/Jul 2019 Issue, pgs. 30-35) investigates how beautiful and deadly dragonflies rule the skies! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
LadybugsTen Big Surprises about Little Ladybugs
Discover ten things you didn’t know about this familiar spotted bug (Ranger Rick Aug. 2018 Issue, pgs. 14-19)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
TreehopperTreehoppers
These lesser-known insects get an amazing close-up from Ranger Rick (Dec. 2018 / Jan. 2019, pgs. 14-19)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Bizarre, Beautiful, Buzzing Bugs eBooks!

Whether you like bugs cute, creepy, or icky, check out our collection of insect adventures and fun facts! OverDrive ebooks are accessible from any computer and from any device using the Libby or OverDrive app.
Novelist-K-8-logoInsects Reading List
Webs, cocoons, and ant hills await in popular bug titles for ages 0-8. In the list, click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if the Library has an ebook copy.
Beetle_MulticoloredInsects and Spiders (Animal Kingdom)
Learn about insects and spiders, bugs in the news, official state insects, and more from Scholastic's TrueFlix. Watch our pathfinder video for TrueFlix first, then click on the Beetle icon.

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Bug Safari

Chickadee
(Summer 2019 Issue, pgs. 30-31) and Dr. Zed show you how to find amazing insects in your backyard or local park! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Craft - Bees and Bugs

Sew a swarm of cute bees and bugs with this easy project from Crafty Creatures (pgs. 62-63). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this Gale eBooks title.
Bee_FlowerCraft - Build a Bee House
Did you know some bees don’t live in hives? Create a shelter for solitary bees with this Boys’ Life (April 2015 Issue, pgs. 52-53) craft for older kids. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Bug_Hotel Craft - Build a Bug Hotel
Younger kids will enjoy the chance to create their own hotel for bees or bugs with this craft from Ranger Rick (June/July 2014 Issue, pgs. 18-19). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.

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Craft - Butterfly Bunch

Transform toilet-paper tubes into butterfly wall art with Family Fun (April 2017 Issue, pg. 23). Flip to page 18 to see a full-size picture of the finished craft! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.

Hanging_Butterfly_CraftCraft - Colorful Butterflies
Add a splash of color to any room with hanging butterflies (Highlights, March 2018 Issue, pg. 19)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Beetle_Egg_CraftCraft - Little Critters
With beetle, caterpillar, and animal designs, Family Fun (April/May 2018 Issue, pg. 9) makes egg decorating a year-round activity. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackCraft - Puff Paint Butterfly (Artzooka, Episode 20)
Artzooka showcases fun DIY projects for kids. In this episode, host Jeremie Saunders uses flour, salt, baking soda, and food coloring to create painted butterflies that puff up in the microwave. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Flipster LogoCraft / Game - Dragonfly Fishing
Create a water-powered dragonfly and googly-eyed flies (Highlights, Sep. 2019 Issue, pgs. 36-37), then challenge family and friends to see who catches the most flies in a minute! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Craft/Game - Into the Hive

Design your bees and race back to the hive with this flower-hopping craft and game from Highlights (Aug. 2017 Issue, pg. 30)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Coloring Pages

Design your own spider, ladybug, snail, and centipede using classic or crazy colors.

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