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    2009 Hess toy truck starts its engines Friday

    Wed Nov 11

    Even though our all-female staff doesn't quite get this holiday tradition, we know that many families enjoy collecting Hess toy trucks . (Any of you dads care to explain?) The newest model hits the market this Friday, November 13, and it actually isn't a truck; it's a race car (the first car featured since Hess's 1993 patrol car). For secret compartment fans, it features a door that opens to reveal a miniature race car inside. You can pick up the hot rod at any area Hess location for $25.

    Free snacks, readings and more at Indie Book Week

    Wed Nov 11

    Independent book shops can't get enough attention as far as we're concerned. Show them some love at the city's first Indie Bookstore Week , which begins Sunday, November 15 and runs through Saturday, November 21. There are plenty of children's events; highlights include: Brooklynites Randall and Peter de Sve present their picture-book collaboration The Duchess of Whimsy at Greenpoint's Word (Sunday, November 15 at 2pm) and grilled cheese—a key plot point in the story—will be served; arts-and-crafts time at Dumbo's powerHouse Arena with Alex Beard , author-illustrator of The Jungle Grapevine (Sunday, November 15th at 4pm); and a Bank Street Bookstore reading by Thad Krasnesky (Wednesday, November 18 at 4:30pm), author of a book about a power-tripping three-year-old called I Always, ALWAYS Get My Way. Bet that sentiment sounds familiar.

    Sesame Street exhibit kicks off at the Brooklyn Public Library on Saturday

    Wed Nov 11

    By now you've heard that children's TV pioneer Sesame Street turns 40 this month. Although the show is filmed at Kaufman-Astoria Studios in Queens, the folks at the Brooklyn Public Library are hosting a major exhibit showcasing Jim Henson's beloved Muppets. Head to the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza this Saturday, November 14th for the kickoff party, where kids can partake in Sesame -inspired crafts, watch a screening of The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland and meet the little red guy himself. Speaking of Elmo, he appears on a new, limited-edition BPL library card available at any borough branch . Get one while supplies last, or you're sure to have a little grouch on your hands.

    The 40th season of Sesame Street begins today and the last google doodle

    Tue Nov 10

    We're so silly. Of course the final doodle would feature the entire gang. After all, Sesame Street is first and foremost a community, right? The 40th season of every preschooler's favorite show kicks off today but the celebration will likely continue all season. If you want to mark the occasion with other fans, the Brooklyn Public Library's Sesame Street exhibit opens this Saturday, November 14 with a family fun day, including costumed characters and themed activities. You can also head to 64th and Broadway any time this week: The corner's been temporarily renamed in honor of the show.

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