Catalina Island News

“Wild Things” Theme for Museum Day July 19

Catalina Island Museum

Wild things are happening in Avalon! The Catalina Island Museum and the Avalon Library invite you to a Museum Day celebration on Wednesday, July 19 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Schreiner Family Plaza on the museum’s second level.

Museum Day – in conjunction with the County of Los Angeles Public Library’s Children’s Summer Discovery Program – will feature a reading of Where the Wild Things Are by librarian Morgan Rose Pershing. A very special surprise guest will help with the reading. A Wild Rumpus Dance Party and a craft project will follow.

Where the Wild Things Are is a children’s picture book by writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. It was originally published in 1963. Over the years it has been adapted into other media, including an animated short, an opera and a live-action feature film directed by Spike Jonze. Over 19 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide. It remains one of the most beloved stories of all time by children and adults alike.

The book tells the tale of a boy named Max who dresses up in a wolf costume and wreaks havoc throughout his house. Consequently, he is sent to bed without his dinner. Mysteriously Max’s bedroom transforms into a jungle environment and he winds up sailing to an island inhabited by malicious beasts known as the “Wild Things.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Avalon Library for this event,” said Catalina Island Museum Executive Director Julie Perlin Lee. “Both the museum and the library feel it is important to encourage reading, literacy, movement, creativity, exploration and discovery in Avalon. It is only appropriate that the wild and wonderful Sea Blue and Green Tower by artist Dale Chihuly will be the backdrop for this event!”

Admission to Museum Day is sponsored by the Friends of the Avalon Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is most appropriate for ages 5–12 but all ages are welcome.

The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film. Open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The museum’s Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website.