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Wild Rumpus Celebration Kicks Off Summer Reading in Sendak Style at Columbus Public Library

“And now… let the Wild Rumpus Start!”

The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries welcomes all Wild Things young and old to the roar-iest, stomp-iest, most beastly celebration ever – the Wild Rumpus!

This grand party for the entire community will help celebrate the on-going exhibit of original Maurice Sendak drawings “Maurice Sendak: 50 Years – 50 Works – 50 Reasons” now on display at the Columbus Public Library.

In addition, it serves as the kick-off for the Libraries’ monstrously successful Summer Reading Challenge. Attendees will be able to earn their first Summer Reading completion, giving them the chance to win some great prizes during the summer.

Creatures of all ages will have games of skill and chance, glorious entertainment, real Wild Things to see and much more, including the Wild Rumpus itself, a noise-making hullaballoo that will echo throughout the Columbus Public Library.

This fantastic free event takes place Saturday, May 11th at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear family-friendly Wild Things costumes and décor, or to come and make their own decorations and noisemakers.


There will be MANY different ways to get wild:

MAURICE SENDAK: 50 YEARS – 50 WORKS – 50 REASONS This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit of 50 original works of art by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) continues on display at the Columbus Public Library through May 25th.


THE WILD RUMPUS – The Big Event for the day will feature all of our performers, staff and attendees gathering for a reading of Maurice Sendak’s immortal classic Where The Wild Things Are… complete with a Rumpus the likes of which our community has never seen! 1:00pm.


ILLUSTRATOR MICHAEL P. WHITE – The celebrated illustrator of The Library Dragon will lead a family drawing class and an “Illustrator’s Tour” of the Sendak Exhibit. Class – 11:30am, Tour 2:00pm.

– The madly-talented puppet artists from Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts will host a Puppet-making factory where you’ll be able to create your very own Fantastic Furry Friend to rumpus with you. 10:00am to 2:00pm.

– The wild sound of Australian Didgeridoos will permeate the library as this talented duo from “Down Under” brings their foot-stompingly entertaining show to the Rumpus. Showtime 11:00am. Note: In this case “Down Under” refers to Florida, which, as we know, is “Down Under” Georgia!


ANIMAL TALES – “BORN TO BE WILD” ANIMAL SHOW – Come meet some REAL Wild Things – creatures furry, slimy and fun! Shows at 10:30am and 12noon.

– We’ll be reading aloud some of Maurice Sendak’s greatest books. This is a great way to earn your first completion for Summer Reading. Throughout the day.


WILD THINGS OUTFITTERS – All creatures great and small need their costume and noisemakers for the Rumpus! Stomp in to outfit yourself and your little Max or Maxine.

– Make yourself a Wild Thing Meme button or play some of the challenging games of skill and chance, including the opportunity to knock over some Wild Things with your Sphero Bowling.

– A play area exclusively for our tiniest Wild Things (ages Birth to 5), this Garden of Rumpus-y Delights encourages singing, talking, reading, writing and playing. 10:00am to 3:00pm.

– Learn to draw and paint, especially for our Adult Wild Things! Watercolor class 11:00am; Drawing Class 2:00pm.

– We’ll have the food trucks available so that your meal will be “still hot,” just like Max’s at the end of Where The Wild Things Are. 10:00am to 2:00pm.


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