On this day in 1969, the first episode of Sesame Street aired on public television. Sesame Street is a small street in a big city where adults and muppets teach preschool subjects including numbers, the alphabet, and colors using comedy, cartoons, games, and songs, thus focusing on entertainment while still educating generations of kids, myself included. Unlike most other PBS children's shows, which run a few years, then go into continuous repeats, Sesame Street has created new episodes every year since its inception.
The cast has changed little over the years, but old friends continue to learn new things. For instance, Cookie Monster, who loves cookies and gobbles them up every chance he gets, learned that cookies are a sometime food, and is helping to promote healthy eating habits. And who doesn't recognize other iconic Sesame Street characters including Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, the Count, or Elmo, as all are beloved to many children and adults today. For forty-six years, generations of children and adults have watched Sesame Street, which now airs in over 140 countries around the world.
So on this celebration of Sesame Street Day, come down to Neill Public Library and check out one of the many Sesame Street books or DVDs in our collection. For a more about the Sesame Street characters you might like I Am Big Bird: the Carroll Spinney Story or Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey on DVD. Then enjoy Sesame Street again with your children or grandchildren.
Lori C Lewis