“Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card!”
Having fun certainly wasn’t hard at the Boston Public Library (BPL) on October 1st where kids of all ages gathered to celebrate Arthur’s 20th anniversary year of broadcasting on PBS KIDS.
The festive event was held at WGBH’s satellite studio located in the BPL’s newly renovated Copley Square location.
The studio launch–a joint effort between the Boston Public Library and WGBH (Boston’s public broadcaster)–will provide greater access to WGBH’s quality programming, and extend WGBH’s educational efforts into the heart of the city of Boston.
The atmosphere was bustling with activity as kids buzzed around the lobby coloring pictures of the Arthur characters and munched on Arthur cookies as they waited for their favorite characters–Arthur and Buster–to make their red carpet appearance. Episodes from past seasons played throughout the morning and filled the studio with the happily familiar Arthur theme song.
Over the course of the day, dozens of children and adults streamed through the new satellite space to have their picture taken with their favorite characters and to sign an anniversary card for their favorite aardvark, Arthur. Arthur attracted fans ranging from enthusiastic toddlers to giddy teens, to adults who remember watching Arthur with their own kids when they were young. One man said with a smile on his face and his arm around Arthur, “Our son is in college, but he’s going to love this.”
The outpouring of love and enthusiasm for the Arthur show and its characters was overwhelmingly clear, and the Arthur team could not have picked a better location to celebrate 20 successful years broadcasting the beloved Boston-based production.