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Downward-Facing Goat: Programs for Animal and Human Health

Patrons doing yoga poses with rabbits

When you think of health programs in public libraries, you probably think of people. But public health includes the environments in which we live, which includes the animals around us. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an entire website devoted to Healthy Pets, Healthy People, and this is the topic we will explore in this month’s blog. 

Finals Week Pet Grams

PetGram example from McDaniel. Photograph of a dog named Bandit. Text reads: Bears. Beets. Believe you can do it!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many academic libraries were faced with the challenge of supporting academic success while most students were off-campus and taking online classes. Many outreach librarians turned to virtual programming.

Pet Grams were developed as a way to reach out and connect virtually with patrons, no matter their location. The main outcome for Pet Grams is to share kindness and motivation during a stressful time in the semester, especially for students but also for other community members who may also need support.

Animal Advocates

Photograph of a puppy resting on a red pillow.

Animal Advocates is a program for animal-loving kids and teens that began in September 2021. Members meet once a month with the mission to help local shelters and educate the community about animal rights, animal welfare and environmental topics that impact us all. We occasionally go to animal shelters to volunteer for field trips.

Puppies and Pi(e)

Two smiling girls pose with a happy puppy

Every year on Pi Day, March 14, local animal shelter Pet Rescue by Judy brings puppies to our library, and we set up an area in our larger meeting room where teens and adults can play with them. Because it’s Pi Day, we also buy seven or eight pies from the local grocery store.

So we eat pie and play with puppies for a couple of hours. This year, the event lasted from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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