'Presidential Pets' Explores Companions-in-Chief

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Jan. 28, 2014) -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center debuts its newest temporary display, "Presidential Pets," on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. "Presidential Pets" is a tribute to the presidential pets that helped make the White House a home. From snakes to chocolate Labs, these famous pets provide an enjoyable look at presidential history. The display will include items from the pets of President George W. Bush, President Clinton, President George Bush, President Ford, President Nixon, President Johnson, and more.
"Presidential Pets" kicks off with a free public event on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, held on the grounds of the Clinton Center and Park.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the festivities will include stories and a book-signing by Julia Moberg, author of “Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House.” Additionally,  Cockrill’s County Critters will provide a mobile petting zoo and pony rides, and the Humane Society of Pulaski County will offer on-site adoptions.  Visitors also will have a chance to meet Viper, the “First Dog” of Arkansas, Gov. and Mrs. Beebe’s German shepherd. 
The "Presidential Pets" kick-off event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are required for the Julia Moberg program, which is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. in the Garden View Room. Call 501-748-0425 or email operationslr@clintonfoundation.org to RSVP.  Regular admission fees to tour the Library will apply.
For each temporary exhibit, the educational staff at the Clinton Center creates a customized curriculum that meets grade-specific educational standards. The educational tours and programming for “Presidential Pets” include the following:
• Presidential Pets (Pre-K – Second Grades)
Students will learn about the beloved pets that have lived in the White House. Students will be introduced to presidential pets with a storytelling session of "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets," a book written by Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Additionally, students will participate in a coloring exercise and will create post cards that will be sent home with their teachers. 
• Letters to Buddy and Socks (Third – Fifth Grades)
This activity inspires children to share their ideas and wishes by writing letters to President Clinton about their pet or favorite animal.  Students will be given a prompt and asked to complete the letter during their visit.  A classroom reading of "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets" by Hillary Rodham Clinton will also be included in this tour.
About the William J. Clinton Presidential Center
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is a world-class educational and cultural venue offering a variety of special events, exhibitions, educational programs, and lectures throughout the year. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Center has welcomed more than three million visitors from around the world since opening in 2004.  Most importantly, the Clinton Center is a reflection of the work – past, present and future – of the 42nd President of the United States.

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