It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

cover of Songs from the Neighborhood: the Music of Mr. RogersWhen I plan a storytime I naturally think of music.  Looking back on my childhood, I think a big part of that impression came from watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Musical Director Johnny Costa began each show with jazz piano as the camera moved over the neighborhood to Mr. Rogers’ house.  February 19 marked the 50th anniversary of the first national broadcast of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on public television, as noted by Fresh Air's Terry Gross.  According to David Bianculli, also from Fresh Air, we can look forward to a PBS special (March), a postage stamp (March 23), and a documentary called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” in national theaters (June).  In the meantime, if you are eagerly anticipating these upcoming events like I am, try Songs from the Neighborhood: the Music of Mr. Rogers. -Elaine B.