Friday, Nov. 21


Children's celebrity Arthur
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[NOV. 21, 2003]  Arthur, the title character from the well-known children's television series, which airs on PBS, entertained Lincoln children and accompanying adults last night. The special guest appeared at the Lincoln Public Library Family Reading Night.

The evening started out with a singalong directed by Louella Moreland, the children's librarian. Then the young crowd, and the old crowd too, waited in anticipation as Arthur made his entrance.

After the story time, there were plenty of activities. The children played games, watched an "Arthur" video and got to choose a free book to take home.

The children also had the opportunity to have their picture taken with Arthur. "I love Arthur. I'm so glad I got to meet him!" said 6-year-old Dustin Wilham.

Moreland, along with her assistant, Linda Harmon, the youth services associate and adult programs officer, introduced Julie Branson, who represented Lincoln's Wal-Mart, a co-sponsor for the organized event. Dunn Financial of Springfield was also a sponsor, and members of Lincoln Junior Woman's Club were present to help with games and activities.


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Arthur was brought to Lincoln by WSEC-TV/DT out of Springfield, which also provided a take-home "goody" bag for all of the kids. Sue Lovedahl, director of educational services for WSEC, said, "We visit close to 1,000 children -- not including library visits -- per month in the local areas with our different outreach programs." WSEC had made the contact with Lincoln Public Library to give the presentation.

"This is the first children's television character that we have had since I have worked here, and it will not be the last," said Moreland.

[Janell Woolard]

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