Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Celebrated At Reston Library

The iconic children’s television program “Sesame Street” celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 9. Reston Library also celebrated this event as clearly more yellow birds and green monsters were sighted than usual last weekend. Children, parents and other fans gathered at the Reston Regional Library for a birthday party featuring plenty of Muppet mayhem.

The Northern Virginia Ukulele Society performs classic Sesame Street songs like “Sunny Day” and “I Love Trash” during a performance at the Reston Regional Library

According to Reston Connection, “Nearly 900 attendees turned out to enjoy the events, performances and photo ops honoring the show that has been teaching preschoolers their ABCs, 1-2-3s and other early literacy concepts for five decades. The library transformed into Sesame Street with decorations, carnival games and rubber-ducky prizes, which proud community partner Channel 26 WETA and library staff helped hand out.”

Reston Regional Library Assistant Branch Manager Michelle Biwer said, “A passion project for library staff and volunteers, the 50th Anniversary of Sesame Street Celebration was many months in the making. The television show was formative for many of us, and to celebrate that with more than 800 fans in our community was a very special experience.”

As per Reston Connection, “Preparation included creating a variety of exciting games and activities, including a Cookie Monster Cookie Toss, Sesame Street-themed Sphero mazes, Pin the Nose on the Elmo, a life-size Elmo’s World coloring zone, a photo op in a trash can with Oscar the Grouch, a green-screen photo booth with fun props and button making hosted by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library.

In a day jam-packed with fun and games, parents enjoyed the opportunity to sit for a while and take in a performance. From Sing Books with Miss Emily and Story Time with Mrs. Wines and Busia Bear to a Northern Virginia Ukulele Society singalong, the entertainment was a big hit with both the young and young-at-heart attendees.”

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