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Events in Me Room: Alternate Title – We Got Laura Amy Schlitz!

You may have heard that my cool new children’s room is open. The one that they are calling The Children’s Center at 42nd Street. But did you hear about our opening festivities? Well, they’re two-part. In Part One we get live owls and Chris Raschka. In Part Two, you get to hear Laura Amy Schlitz do a little storytelling for free. Scroll down through the white space to see the entire message:

                                                            Family Festival

at the

Children’s Center at 42nd Street

Friday, November 28 &

                                                            Saturday, November 29

Come celebrate the return of a circulating children’s library to The New York Public Library’s landmark Central Research Library on Fifth Avenue. Over the course of two days the Children’s Center at 42nd Street will offer engaging events for young people and their families – from performances to family theater, demonstrations to meet authors and illustrators. Topics range from music, science, and nature to art.

Friday, November 28

11:30 a.m.

*Meet the Author and Illustrator: Chris Raschka

Recommended for children ages 3 to 7.

Chris Raschka will present his latest work, Peter and the Wolf, a retelling of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic tale, introducing children to the instruments of the orchestra. He will perform a reading of his new book, talk about his writing and demonstrate how he creates his illustrations. Mr. Raschka is the illustrator of over forty distinguished picture books, including the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner, The Hello, Goodbye Window. He is also the author and illustrator of Yo! Yes!, a Caldecott Honor Book .

1:30 p.m.

*Performance: The Princess Who Escaped From Pirates. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

A princess received a golden ball for her birthday and accidentally dropped it in a pond…… Join in the theatrical adventure that includes princes, frogs and pirates, and teaches the virtue of courage and commitment. Presented by Talking Hands Theatre.


*Performance: Pinkalicious The Musical

Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

Based on the book Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. A little girl can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Join us for a reading of the book and a performance of some of the songs from the show. Presented by the Vital Theatre Company.

Saturday, November 29

11:30 a.m.

*Demonstration: Birds of Prey

Recommended for all ages.

Encounter hawks, owls, falcons or other species up close as we explore the adaptations of these winged wonders! Touch raptor artifacts. A lucky volunteer may get to help with some of the demonstrations. Presented by the New Canaan Nature Center.

1:30 p.m.

*Performance: Polar Opposites

Recommended for children ages 4 to 9.

Antarctica and the Arctic Circle are two sides of the world that, to many, look and feel the same. But, very different types of animals call these icy lands their home. Discover the simi­larities and differences of these polar regions through two participatory shows: “Polar Bear and the Beat” and “A Penguin State of Mind.” Presented by the Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theatre.

3:30 p.m.

*Family Theater: The Mad Science Holiday Spectacular

Recommended for children ages 4 to 12.

You won’t believe your eyes! Is it magic or science? Presenters create a festival of lights and share top secret "special ice," shipped straight from the North Pole.  It all comes together with magical no-melt snow.  Presented by Mad Science of Manhattan and Westchester.

*These programs are sponsored by the William Morris Fund.

*Seating is first-come, first-served.

Children’s Center at 42nd Street

The New York Public Library

Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street

New York, NY 10016



Monday 11:00am – 6:00pm

Tuesday 11:00am – 7:30pm

Wednesday 11:00am – 7:30pm

Thursday 11:00am – 6:00pm

Friday 11:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm

These programs are free and open to the public. The first 200 visitors will receive a special gift.

. . . . and better still, a little storytelling:

Friday, December 5, 4:00. “Into the Woods, Below the Lake, and Under the Hill:  Children’s stories from the Netherlands, Scotland, and Tanzania.”  Hear the renowned storyteller and reigning Newbery Medalist LAURA AMY SCHLITZ. Recommended for children ages 6 and up (but adults are welcome).

Saturday, December 6, 2:00. “Rhinos and Devils:  Stories for Grown-ups and Wise Children.”   Meet reigning Newbery Medalist LAURA AMY SCHLITZ, in an annual St. Nicholas Eve celebration of stories and storytelling. Recommended for adults, and for children 12 and up.

Please consider this a special invitation to you and your colleagues. No RSVP required, unless you’re bringing a group.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. OOOOooo, OOOOooo! Now I get it! No need to email me back, Betsy!

  2. What an amazing children’s room! It makes you want to be a kid again.