Hello, everyone! I hope that everyone is having a month of November, just like I and the other Arc Participants are having. On Friday, October 24th, The Arc on West Avenue had a grand opening of its very own private library for all of the Participants. I thought this was an excellent idea. Anyone that knows me, knows that I adore reading books. When I was a little girl, my mother used to take me to the library so that I could listen to the story that was featured in “Story Time Reading Session” for that week. To decide what kind of books that would be in The Arc’s Library, each classroom was given a chance to go to a Half Price Book Store to select books and magazines that they thought that the other Arc Participants would enjoy. The Arc’s Library Grand Opening happened just in time for the National Young Readers Week. It is an annual event that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It always takes place the second week of November. This year, the National Young Readers Week will be during Monday, November 10th to Friday, November 14th. All of The Arc Participants and I really appreciate the new edition to The Arc.
On Monday, November 10th, some of The Arc Participants made arts and crafts and wore T-shirts inspired by the children’s television, Sesame Street to celebrate its forty-five year old anniversary. The other Participants and I learned that Sesame Street is recognized as the first television show for a child that has a mixture of education and entertainment. Sesame Street also provided the first daily introduction to Jim Henson’s Muppets. In 2009, the series celebrated its 40th anniversary, making it one of the longest-running shows in television history. Sesame Street premiered on November 10th, 1969 and the original series has been televised in one hundred and twenty countries, and more than twenty international versions have been produced. The producers were reportedly “frantic with a naming dilemma for a title.” The producers finally settled on the name that they least disliked: Sesame Street, inspired by magical phrase from “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” I have always loved Sesame Street from the time that I was a tiny girl. Sesame Street has thought me so many things. Also, during my many surgeries, Sesame Street helped me forget about the pain that I was experiencing. My favorite characters on Sesame Street are Elmo and Abby Cadabby. I even took a Christmas picture with them at Seaworld’s Sesame Street’s Bay of Play Playground. Taking the picture with Elmo and Abby is one of my favorite Christmas memories. My mother and I would always attend the Sesame Street Live performances when it would come into our city. I even wanted to live with Big Bird when I was six years old. Even now that I’m thirty-one years old, I’m still learning things from Sesame Street. The other Participants are I also learned that Sesame Street has been translated and adapted into a number of international co-productions in other places such as: Japan, Egypt, France, Russia, Norway, Germany and a many other countries. All of The Arc Participants and I especially like learning about the place where the air is sweet and has sunny days, sweeping the clouds away. Thank you for reading my blog and I wish that everyone has a delicious and a terrific Thanksgiving with their families and friends.