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Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Premiere of a Beloved Children's Television Series

I know that many of you were not even born yet, but back on November 10, 1969, the premiere one of television's longest running children's shows occurred and has broadcasted in over 120 countries and an estimated 8 million people in the U.S. along tune into it during the week.  That is quite the following!.  Let me see if you can sing the opening words to it's theme song with me.

Sunny day
sweepin' the clouds away
  On my way to where to air is sweet.  

Can you tell me how to get,
how to get to Sesame Street.

You are in great voice today!  That's right, back 46 years ago, Sesame Street was born.  It would go on to teach generations of children their letters and numbers, how to count, about diversity and model positive social messages.

The show was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney whose goal it was to create preschool programming that was both entertaining and educational.  Cooney wanted to use TV as a way to help underprivileged 3-to-5 year olds get ready for kindergarten.  One of the most-loved aspects of Sesame Street are its cast of puppets know as Muppets.  Jim Henson created the cast of characters that became the stars of the show, including Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and Big Bird.  I have to admit that Grover is one of my favorite characters!  There were many mornings you would find me watching Sesame Street and counting along with the Count or laughing at Ernie doing something crazy to Burt.  I love how they have celebrities guest star on the show too!

Sesame Street has tackled some tough subjects.  In 2002, it introduced 5-year-old Muppet character named Kami who was HIV-positive to help children living with the stigma of the disease.  In 2006, Abby Cadabby, made her debut as the show's first Muppet star female character in an effort to encourage diversity and provide a strong role model for girls.  In October of this year, the show added Julia, who has autism to its list of characters.  I love how Sesame Street exposes its young viewers to real world topics and models positively how to treat people that are different than us. 

The library LOVES Sesame Street too.  We have DVDs about Sesame Street, CD's with great songs featured on Sesame Street, Play-Aways, as well fun picture books and easy readers featuring the wonderful characters.  We even have books on Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets so that you can learn more about the history of the Muppets and the puppetry behind them.

So let's finish up by singing the rest of the opening theme song.  You know you want to!

Come and play
Everything's A-OK
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we meet

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street
How to get to Sesame Street

Sesame Street theme lyrics
Theme Song sung by characters and Jimmy Fallon
Sesame Street PBS Kids
Sesame Street DVDs
Sesame Street Music
Sesame Street Books



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