Wednesday, November 14
Few people on this planet are as well regarded as the late Fred Rogers. He impacted the lives of millions of children—and many adults—through his phenomenally successful television show, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. But although Mr. Rogers was able to speak simply in a way that was easy for children to understand, he was a complex individual with a rich life away from the TV cameras.
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, by Maxwell King, is the first full-length biography of this American legend. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development.
In our Book Chat on November 14, librarian Nina DiLapi will lead us in a discussion of King’s book. If you’ve ever been a child (and who hasn’t?), or if you’d like to learn more about the life of this extraordinary and innovative American educator, we invite you to check out the book and join us for this book discussion.