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The Practicing Parent: Clifford's 50

Clifford, the Big Red Dog is turning 50 and the Amarillo Public Library

and KACV-TV - Public Television for the Panhandle - are throwing him a

party-or five!

Kids and parents are invited to attend ONE of five events taking place

at Amarillo Public Libraries in February:

â?¢ Saturday, February 16 at 10 AM at the Southwest Branch Library - 6801

W 45th

â?¢ Sunday, February 17 at 4 PM at the Northwest Branch Library - 6100 W

9th

â?¢ Tuesday, February 19 at 6 PM at the Downtown Library - 413 SE 4th

â?¢ Saturday, February 23 at 10 AM at the East Branch Library - 2232 E

27th

â?¢ Sunday, February 24 at 4 PM at the North Branch Library - 1500 NE 24th

All events will include a Clifford story, activity, snacks, and a chance

to take a picture with the Big Red Dog. (Bring Your Own Camera.)

Clifford the Big Red Dog, was first published by Scholastic in 1963. In

the first book, Clifford is the runt of his litter when Emily Elizabeth

chooses him for her new puppy, but under Emily's love and care, Clifford

grew to be 25 feet tall!

The Clifford series grew to include more than 70 children's books and to

inspire Clifford, the Big Red Dog, television series which began airing

on PBS stations around the country in 2000. The program featured

Clifford and his canine friends, T-Bone and Cleo, as well as Emily

Elizabeth and friends her age. It was one of many PBS Kids shows

designed to teach children life lessons, and was popular with kids and

parents alike.

Library Youth Services Coordinator Cindi Wynia says Clifford is still

popular with young readers. "Who wouldn't want a bright red dog that

was big enough to ride?" says Wynia. "The Clifford books encourage

young readers to use their imagination. Clifford always tries to do the

right thing, but sometimes he makes mistakes and has to figure out what

to do next."

Celebrations of Clifford's birthday are made possible by support from

Plains Dairy, Friends of the Amarillo Public Library and the Mays

Foundation. For more information, go to www.amarillolibrary.org or

www.kacv.org.

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