Bluey Party! at the Davenport Public Library's Fairmount Street Branch -- May 20.

Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m.

Davenport Public Library Fairmount Street Branch, 3000 North Fairmount Street, Davenport IA

If you're a parent of young children, you're no doubt familiar with the magical world of the TV puppy Bluey, and on May 20, the Davenport Public Library's Fairmount Street Branch will celebrate the pooch and his pals in the Bluey Party!, with games, crafts, snacks, book recommendations, and a "flossing dance party" taking place in advance of the forthcoming Bluey's Big Play touring event at Davenport;s Adler Theatre.

An Australian animated television series designed primarily for preschoolers, Bluey was created by Joe Brumm, is produced by Queensland-based company Ludo Studio, and premiered on ABC Kids in October of 2018. The show was commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation, and after making its debut on Disney Junior in the United States, it was subsequently released internationally on Disney+. The series follows Bluey, an anthropomorphic seven-year-old Blue Heeler puppy who is characterized by her abundance of energy, imagination, and curiosity of the world. The young dog lives with her father Bandit, her mother Chilli, and her five-year-old sister Bingo, the latter of whom regularly joins Bluey on adventures as the pair embark on imaginative play together. Other characters featured each represent a different dog breed, and Bluey's overarching themes include the focus on family, growing up, and Australian culture.

Bluey has received consistently high viewership in Australia on both broadcast television and video on demand services, where it has influenced the development of merchandise and a stage show featuring its characters. (The touring production of Bluey's Big Play will be performed at the Adler on June 14 and 15.) The program has won two Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Children's Program as well as an International Emmy Kids Award in 2019, and has been praised by television critics for depicting modern family life, constructive parenting messages, and the role of Bandit as a positive father figure. Readers of the New York Times' parenting blog, meanwhile, named Bluey their favorite children's show, describing it as charming, smart, and "very real," while the series was also called "laugh-out-loud funny" by Stephanie Convery of The Guardian.

The Davenport Public Library's Bluey Party! will be held at the Fairmount Street Branch on May 20, participation in the 2 p.m. Family event is free, and costumes are encouraged, but not required. For more information, call (563)32607832 and visit

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