Literature Live Weekends at the National Museum of Play

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

March 2, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Literature Live Weekends Continue at the
National Museum of Play® at The Strong®

Literary characters jump off the pages of your favorite books at Literature Live, an ongoing weekend series at The National Museum of Play at The Strong. The series pairs storybook character appearances with story readings.

Designed by The Strong’s educators to instill a love of reading in young children, each Literature Live weekend offers the opportunity to meet, greet, and pose for photos with some of the most popular storybook characters of all time and enjoy related story readings.

Upcoming Literature Live character meetings take place on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Related story readings take place Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.  

On the Literature Live weekend schedule:

            April 2 & 3: Lilly, author Kevin  Henkes’ mouse with the purple purse.

            April 30 & May 1: Little Critter, author Mercer Meyer’s lovable monster.

            May 14 & 15: Froggy, author Jonathan London’s adorable amphibian.

            May 28 & 29: Maisy, author Lucy Cousins’ colorful little mouse.

            June 4 & 5: Madeline, author Ludwig Bemelmans’ mischievous red-headed school girl.

            June 25 & 26: Wild Thing, from Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are.

Guests can continue the Literature Live experience at home by applying for a library card and checking out a book at the museum’s Gelser Library (a mini-branch of the Monroe County Library System). 


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Fees: General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®):
Adults $12; Seniors $11; Children (2–15) $10; Children younger than two free; National Museum of Play members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®: General Admission fee plus $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.

Parking:  Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.