Daniel Tiger at the Library Neighborhood

 

If my kids were even slightly younger, I’d be ushering them to the television for episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on KTWU, but mainly for my own nostalgic reasons. I myself was a devoted fan of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and I remember seeing the Daniel Tiger puppet emerge with his sparkly little eyes, his furry face a signal that us viewers were about to enter the realm of Make Believe.

Alas, my kids are now too old for the sweet and educational message that gets aired in the Fred Rogers Company spin-off, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. This past week of back-to-school for my two big kids has been a constant reminder of how fast they grow. (Stop growing so fast!) But if your kids are preschool aged, to them that little guy, Daniel Tiger, is probably a huge celebrity.

Fans of Daniel Tiger are in for a big, furry surprise when the lovable star of PBS KIDS series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, comes to the library for a very special storytime. And the kicker? It will be Daniel’s first public appearance as a new big brother! KTWU presents Daniel Tiger Story Time, Thurs. Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. in the Story Zone, with a special focus on preparing for the arrival of a new sibling.

KTWU will air the first episode of the new season of Daniel Tiger Mon. Aug. 18 in which Daniel meets his new baby sister, Margaret. Children who attend the library’s storytime will read books about becoming a sibling and get to listen to Margaret’s heartbeat and even see a sonogram picture of the new baby tiger. Okay, I’m going to have to see how they pull that off! I hear she might even be wearing a little pink bow in her sonogram picture. Then the actual Daniel Tiger will be visiting storytime. It’s going to be adorable. There will probably be squeals of elation I’ll be able to hear all the way over here in my office.  

Families who attend will have the chance to bring home a plush Daniel Tiger toy (limited quantity), and there will be other fun stuff to take home.

One of the invisible things they’ll take home is an enhanced love of reading. Because when celebrities endorse reading, especially big, cute, furry ones, kids tend to pay attention.

Leah Sewell

Leah is the communications editor at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, a mom to two wily youths, a poet and a rabid fan of anything literary and writerly.