children's center at 42nd street

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends are back at the Library after a much-needed restoration! The five dolls, which were given to the real-life Christopher Robin in the 1920s, inspired the characters in author A.A. Milne’s iconic and beloved Winnie-The-Pooh books. You can visit them now at the Children’s Center in our Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue.

P.S. - Winnie turns 95 this month! Send him a birthday greeting here.

Hooray!  Winnie-the-Pooh turns 90 this summer!  (On August 21, to be precise.) If you’d like to send Winnie a birthday card, we have a mailbox at the Children’s Center @ 42nd Street and are accepting cards on Winnie’s behalf. After all, the original Winnie-the-Pooh doll set – including Winnie, of course! – is at the Library, on view in the Children’s Center, in a special room surrounded by art of the 100 Acre Wood!  If you haven’t seen the darling little figures, stop by and take a look!

Not only are we collecting cards for Winnie, but we are also making cards in a Family Crafts program on August 9 (for ages 3-12 years; preregistration required). On Saturday, August 20, the Library is having a big Winnie-the-Pooh birthday bash. It starts at 3 pm, and there will be face painting, balloon animals, crafts, and more. 

It’s a Winnie-the-Pooh summer! He’ll only turn 90 years old once; celebrate with us!

Winnie’s birthday is almost here! Yes, our beloved Winnie turns 90 years old this Sunday, August 21. We’re throwing a grand party this Saturday, August 20 at the Celeste Bartos Forum in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building from 3 - 5 pm. Held primarily for children, there’s going to be face painting, balloon animals, a craft project (Make your own birthday hat!), a parade (Yes, just like in the book!), cake, and more. Yes, more!  Winnie’s been receiving cards from all over world, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Children and adults have also been making cards, either at our cardmaking crafts program, at home, or spontaneously on one of the Library’s flyers. There’s still time to send Winnie a card to him at the Library – he and his friends have lived here since 1987 – or bring one to the party on Saturday (and bring a kid with you as well). Party time!