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Library Who-ville Celebrates The Grinch’s 50th Anniversary

What do Donny Osmond, the “Leave It To Beaver” sitcom and How The Grinch Stole Christmas! book have in common?  They all turned 50 this year!  And just in time for the holiday season, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library invites the public to visit Main Library to pay a special tribute to The Grinch’s 50th Birthday.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! was first written in 1957 by Dr. Seuss and published by Random House in New York.  Its 50-year anniversary is celebrated at Main Library, 325 Michigan St., with an enlarged display of The Grinch and Who-ville characters in the Wintergarden’s large display window.  A small encased display at the reference desk of Children’s Library at Main also contains The Grinch and Who-ville characters.  Also at the desk, librarians are giving away free 50th anniversary Grinch stickers and bookmarks (by Demco).

The Wintergarden window and Children’s Library reference desk display items will only be available for viewing through the end of the year. Only nine copies of the 50th-Anniversary Retrospective copies of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! are available for patrons to check out with their library card.  The book contains 32 pages of commentary and archival images.

Just for fun, we’ve compiled some brainteasers to test your knowledge of How The Grinch Stole Christmas!  See how many you can answer, the answers are below:


1.       Did The Grinch actually live in Who-ville?

2.       When did The Grinch “go green?” (Not environmentally-speaking, just the color of his furry exterior)

3.       What was the reason given for why The Grinch initially hated Christmas?

4.       Who were the Whos?

5.       Did The Grinch like to feast on Who-pudding and rare Who-roast beef?

6.       How old was The Grinch in the book?

7.       What was the name of The Grinch’s dog that he disguised as a reindeer?

8.       What was the name of the little Who daughter who caught The Grinch in the act of stealing her family’s Christmas tree?


Answers: 1. No, The Grinch lived just north of Who-ville; 2. In 1966 when the book was depicted in a television special; 3. No one quite knows the reason; 4. The Whos were the name of the residents of Who-ville; 5. No, he did not like that particular feast which was a favorite meal among the Whos; 6. 53; 7. Max; 8. Cindy-Lou.






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