Thinking About Adding a Dog to Your Family?

Many people during lockdown are considering or have acquired a new dog as a family pet. With so many people at home, there is time available for training a new animal companion. But people should still consider carefully before getting one.

We have ebooks that are geared for young children who are beginning readers to learn about different dog breeds and about the specifics of pet care. All family members can help take good care of a pet dog. If they understand what animals need. These three easy books contain fun and informative facts that are entertaining whether or not readers are getting a dog. 

Start with Choosing a Dog: How to Choose and Care for a Dog by Laura Jeffrey

What age dog should you get? What breed? An easy to read book that covers the ways to find the right sort of dog, steps to getting a dog, and taking good care of one.

For the beginning reader, we have Amazing Dogs, a DK Reader by Laura Buller. Charming pictures with very easy text reveal fascinating facts about dogs.

The next one won’t help with whether or not to get a pet dog, but early readers will enjoy world record facts and stories about dogs. The Guinness World Records’ I Can Read Series: Daring Dogs by Cari Meister describes truly amazing feats by dogs. 

These and more ebooks about dogs are accessible on Overdrive/Libby and hoopla through the Abbot Public Library. Learn more about breeds and dog care at all reading levels!

Stream Video Lectures for Free with The Great Courses!

So…you’ve caught up with all your chores, binged on Netflix, baked too many cookies, and played endless board games but are still–well, bored? Maybe it’s time to challenge the little gray cells with some adult education courses from a renowned company: The Great Courses! In case you haven’t heard, hundreds of video lectures by professors eminent in their fields, some from Ivy League universities, are available to stream through the Abbot Public Library for free. If you were to buy the DVD versions of these courses, you would be paying up to $50 for just one course! There are a multitude of diverse lectures to choose from; you can browse them here.

From cooking tutorials via the Culinary Institute of America, to expert discussion of how stress can work for you, to the history of India, to dog training tips, to music appreciation—there are offerings for everyone. Tune out the news for a while and tune in to Great Courses–who knows where your curiosity might lead you?

Great Courses videos are available via one of our streaming services, RBDigital. If you’ve never logged on before, please visit our FAQ page for instructions. You can stream on your laptop, desktop, most mobile devices, and even on your TV (instructions for streaming to your Smart TV are also in our FAQs). Here’s to new voyages of discovery!