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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.
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WATCH & LISTEN

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Berenstain Bears - The Trouble With Pets

When Brother and Sister adopt a new puppy, they learn that pets need a lot of care and attention. This episode also contains The Sitter. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackCaillou the Detective - Where's Gilbert?
When Gilbert goes missing, Caillou wonders what it would be like to have a different pet. After deciding that Gilbert is the only pet for him, he sets out to find his lost cat! This episode also contains Where I Saw It Last and Lost in the Jungle.
Horses-HitchedCuriosity Quest - Horseback Riding
An upbeat, educational family show for those curious about places, people, and things. This time, Joel hits the trails for a horseback adventure. If you get a kick out of the episode, then trot on over to Gentle Giants Rescue and Guide Dogs!
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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

Jimmy’s pet boa decides to join the class trip to a farm…with sssurprising results! To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
FerretEarth To Luna! - In Clyde’s Eyes
Imagination and science combine in this series about a curious girl, her younger brother, and their pet ferret. In this episode, Luna and Jupiter wonder how the world looks to Clyde the ferret. Don’t miss Luna’s other pet adventures: Pretty Bird, A Cat’s Whiskers, and A Dog’s Paws!
Kanopy-Banner_FranklinFranklin - Franklin Wants a Pet
Franklin may love his stuffed dog, but it’s time for a real pet. He just needs to figure out what he wants and convince his parents that he’s ready for the responsibility. This episode also contains Franklin Plays the Game.
Kanopy-CharactersHoopla Doopla! - The Sneaky Snacker
With physical skills and plenty of laughs, six friends tumble, juggle, leap, and somersault their way into and out of trouble! In this episode, Jango’s caterpillar escapes and eats its way through the town of Hoopla. Can Jango find his pet before the others realize who caused all the damage?
Book_Cover-Hooray_for_AmandaHooray for Amanda and Her Alligator
Amanda and her Alligator are the best of friends, but can Alligator learn to make new friends when Amanda brings home a panda? To watch the story, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Stray_CatsJacob Two-Two and the Pet Peeve
Welcome to the world of Jacob Two-Two, the youngest of five children who has to say things twice just to be heard! In this episode, Jacob and his friend Renee try to help a group of stray cats find good homes.
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Nature Cat - Heartthrob Hamster

Nature Cat’s family is pet-sitting a super-cute hamster named Sir Galahad...until he decides to escape. It's up to Nature Cat to find the runaway rodent before his owners come back! This episode also contains Astronuts.
Kanopy-Banner_Characters_CropPeg + Cat - Peg Meets Cat
Peg and her Cat help children learn about the infinitely amazing world of math in this PBS Kids series. When Baby Peg sees stray Cat, she know she’s found her purr-fect pet. She tries to tell Mom, but Peg is only able to point and say “TWO!”. This episode also contains The Valentine's Day Problem.
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Pet Show!

Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats, this animated story follows Archie as he tries to find an animal to enter in the neighborhood pet show. To watch the story, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackSeven Little Monsters - A Monster's Best Friend
Created by Maurice Sendak, this series follows the misadventures of seven monster siblings. When the Monsters get a puppy, they must learn how to train and take care of the family's newest addition. They also realize they’ve been ignoring their other pet, Belinda the cow.
Big_PigBig Pet Pig (Rise and Shine, Track 4)
Have you heard about Sylvester? Key Wilde & Mr. Clark tell kids all about the crazy adventures of this big pet pig. Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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B-U-N-N-Y (Kindergarten Easter Songs, Track 4)

Hop along as The Kiboomers perform this bouncy spin-off of the classic song Bingo! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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The Hampster Dance Song (The Hampster Dance...and Friends, Track 1)

Whether you're a hamster or a person, it's almost impossible not to dance to this high-energy song!
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Baby Songs About Animals

Dig into this collection of classic animal songs, including Mary Had a Little Lamb (Track 5), Bingo (Track 13), and How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? (Track 20). Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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I Wanna Iguana (Aminal House, Track 15)

This song is for any kid who's ever wanted an unusual pet! For those who love traditional pets, try KC (He's a Fine Dog) (Track 4) and Fred (The Tabby Cat) (Track 6).
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My Little Pony Theme (TV Toons 2: Favorite Children TV Show Themes, Track 9)

Fans of the TV show and horses will love this song about friendship. Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoMy Pet, My Buddy (Pinkfong Animal Songs, Track 5)
Show your pets how much you care with a cute song from Pinkfong.
Cats_PianoMy Pets (Kindy Kids – Kindergarten & Preschool Songs, Track 14)
Little ones can meow, woof, and chirp along to this soothing song by Toddler Time. Howling for more? Don't miss Clever Dog! (Track 4) and Six Pretty Pets (Track 12)! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoThe Pet Shop (Songs About Your Neighborhood, Track 16)
In this silly song, the pet store owner has a tough time when Sonya Lee comes in looking for a salamander.
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Pet The Animals (Dora Rocks! Music From The Special & More!, Track 6)

Can you help Dora the Explorer pet the llamas, chicks, and sheep? Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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What Kind of Cat Are You? (What Kind of Cat Are You?, Track 1)

Join Billy Jonas for a cat-chy wordplay song about different kinds of felines. Challenge family and friends to see who can guess the most "cat" words! 
TurtleYou Can't Make a Turtle Come Out (In the Schoolyard, Track 9)
Sharon, Lois & Bram remind kids that they need to be patient when pets don't do what they want. Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.

READ & EXPLORE

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Britannica Library for Children presents quick facts about pets. 
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Assistance Dog

Learn about the amazing animals that guide, protect, and help their disabled owners.
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Children Make Terrible Pets / Pets at the White House (Family and Community)

Discover why some animals shouldn't be pets with Peter Brown's animated story, then learn about presidential pets from the Scholastic News series. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover. 
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Harry the Dirty Dog / Keeping Clean (Animals and Nature)

For both pets and people, it's important to keep clean. Early readers will learn why with Gene Zion's animated story and a Rookie Read-About Health ebook. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover. 
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Morris's Disappearing Bag / Rabbits (Family and Community)
Leap into Rosemary Wells' animated story and Blastoff! Readers' Rabbits. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover. 
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That New Animal / Let's Explore the Five Senses with City Dog and Country Dog (Animals and Nature)

Want to spend the day as a dog? Find out how dogs deal with new situations and explore the very different lives of city and country dogs with these paired titles. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover. 
bookflix-buttonThe Three Little Pigs / Pigs (Animals and Nature)
Revisit the classic fairy tale, then learn about real-life pigs from Blastoff! Readers Farm Animal series. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the BookFlix icon.
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Little ones will lap up this collection of animated storybooks and videos about pets. Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the TumbleBook Library icon.
Cat&Dog_PillowCats: The Purr-fect Pet?
Pounce on Faces' Cats issue (October 2015) to learn about felines around the world, rare breeds, and online kitty celebrities! Prefer darling dogs to cool cats? Track down Faces' The World of Dogs issue (October 2016)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Cesar Millan

Dig into the life of professional trainer and "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this title in Gale eBooks.
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Dog

Learn about man's best friend from DK Eyewitness Books! Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this title in Gale eBooks. If you're curious about felines, sink your claws into Cat!
Newfoundland_DogDogs on Duty
Ranger Rick (August 2014 Issue, pgs. 26-31) shows that dogs can do a lot more than just roll over. From rescue efforts to wildlife protection to helping those with disabilities, these dogs are always willing to lend a paw! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Everything You Need to Know about Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles

Snake fans will love squeezing all the information out of this book. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this title in Gale eBooks.
Dog_Pumpkin_CostumeHalloween Pet Parade
Whether cute or creepy, these dressed-up pets have costumes worth drooling over (National Geographic Kids, October 2019 Issue, pgs. 8-11)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Horse

Would you like to learn more about the horse? Yes, of course! Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this title in Gale eBooks.
Dog_PetHow to Make Doggy Friends
Family Fun (April 2017 Issue, pg. 40) shows kids the best way to make friends with new dogs. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
flipster-buttonHow to Pick a Pet
Wondering what pet to get? Ranger Rick (June/July 2015 Issue, pgs. 19-23) has the facts you'll need to find the perfect pal! For an in-depth look at two popular pets, check out "The Truth about Cats and Dogs" on pages 14-17 of the same issue. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk

DK Publishing welcomes little ones to the world of animals! Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this title in Gale eBooks.
MouseOh, Rats!
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Ranger Rick (February 2020 Issue, pgs. 18-23), and learn more about an animal that can be a pet or a pest. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Pet Poems

Check out these rhyming reasons why people love their pets (Chickadee, March 2018 Issue, pgs. 22-25)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Keep your pet healthy with outdoor safety tips from Boys' Life (October 2018 Issue, pg. 8)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Petting Zoo

Take a trip to the petting zoo and meet the goats, frogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs that live there. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this title in Gale eBooks.
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From kitty surfers to astronauts, National Geographic Kids (October 2018 Issue, pgs. 12-17) highlights the most amazing cat tales! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Top Dogs

Find out if your dog makes the Chickadee (May 2017 Issue, pgs. 8-11) best of breeds list. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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What's Your Perfect Pet?

Whether you like pets that are furry, feathery, finned, or fanged, you'll find them all in these great titles! OverDrive ebooks are accessible from any computer and from any device using the Libby or OverDrive app.
Novelist-K-8-logoPets Reading List
With classic characters and new favorites, there's no question that this collection of award-winning titles for ages 0-8 is best in show! In the list, click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if the Library has an ebook copy.
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Pet Care Reading List

These funny and educational titles for ages 0-8 teach kids to be great pet owners and true friends to animals. In the list, click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if the Library has an ebook copy.

ACTION!

Dog_TreatsCraft - Dog-Treat Canister
Create the perfect place for Fido's favorite treats with 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.
Cat_PeekCraft - Meow Hotel
Kitty won't stop climbing this multi-level play space from Owl (December 2017 Issue, pgs. 18-20)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Dog_SleepCraft - Pet Pillow
Transform an old towel into a comfy place for stretching and snoozing (Chickadee, May 2019 Issue, pg. 14). Don't have a pet? Create your own with the Rocky Pet Craft on the same page! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoCraft - Pet-icures You'll Love
Want some cuteness for your claws? Try cat, panda, and pig nail designs from Girls' World (August 2017 Issue, pgs. 32-33)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Craft - Pup Tutu

If your pet loves dressing up, give this tutu a spin (Family Fun, June/July 2018 Issue, pgs. 11-12)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster Logo Craft - Stand-Up Animals
Highlights (November 2015 Issue, pg. 25) adds some cat-titude to your room with this easy craft! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Craft - Tidy Pet Tie

When your furry friend wants to look fancy, Owl (December 2018 Issue, pgs. 22-24) suggests this Bow-WOW pet tie. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Three_DogsKitchen Craft - Doggie Delights
Ranger Rick (February 2018 Issue, pgs. 16-17) has a treat recipe that dogs will love for Valentine's Day or any day! You can also discover facts worth gnawing on with "Year of the Dog" on pages 6-15 of the same issue. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Cat_BowlKitchen Craft - Kitty Cakes
If a dog gets a treat, the cat better not be left out! Luckily, Chickadee (Summer 2018 Issue, pg. 59) has you covered with kitty cakes for your favorite feline. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoKitchen Craft - Special Snacks for Pet Pals
Brighten up their dinner bowls with fun and tasty treats from Highlights (June 2019 Issue, pg. 30)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.

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Quiz - Pet Records

Can you match animals with the awards they've won (National Geographic Kids, June/July 2020 Issue, pgs. 28-29)? If you're stuck, check out the answers on page 33! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.

Flipster LogoQuiz - Pets
Discover your pet personality with National Geographic Kids (November 2019 Issue, pgs. 12-13)! Then, take your mind for a walk through the entire Pets issue. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Teach Your Cat to High-Five

Teach your cat (or dog) to high-five with these tips from pet trainer Trish Seifried Woodall and Highlights (January 2019 Issue, pg. 37). Parental supervision is recommended for this activity. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Coloring Pages

Don't miss the chance to unleash your imagination and your crayons!

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