How to get to Sesame Street… from the Library

Sesame Street Day is Nov. 10.

What's big, yellow and has feathers all over? Big Bird, of course! Nov. 10 is Sesame Street Day, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has a flock of materials for customers to check out to help them celebrate the friendliest street in town. Nearly 50 years ago, on Nov. 10, 1969, Sesame Street appeared on TV for the first time. In 2009, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared the day in honor of Sesame Street’s 40th anniversary.

Readers and audiences everywhere have long celebrated Jim Henson for his many Muppets. If you want to learn more about Henson, check out some of the Library's many biographies. Did you know Henson coined the term “Muppets” by combining the words puppet and marionettes? You can learn this and other facts from our free resource, Biography Reference Center.

Of course, the Library also has a wide range of books, DVDs and digital material with the well-known Sesame Street characters. From Elmo to Cookie Monster, there’s fun for everyone. Library customers can check out a movie about potty training, different careers, manners and more.

Caroll Spinney, the original Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, recently retired after 50 years acting as the character. In 1962 Spinney met Henson at a puppeteering festival and later, in 1969, he joined Henson as a Muppeteer. There’s a great biography about Spinney as Big Bird where he shares stories, basic life lessons and facts about the show. In one part, he shares how the Big Bird costume has no eyes, so Spinney had to watch a small TV monitor inside the suit to see where he was moving. I am Big Bird, a documentary about Spinney’s work as Big Bird, is also worth a watch.

Everyone loves books, but games are fun too! All of our branches have access to the Sesame Street website, which is full of fun, education games. The great part is, you can access this website for free from home as well. Along with games, you can also enjoy free videos and print coloring pages too.

See you in the neighborhood!