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Remembering Jim Henson on his Birthday

Had he lived, the Master Puppeteer would have been 83 years old today, September 24.  (*) 

Jim Henson, whose boundless creativity produced the “Muppets,” the puppet inhabitants of public television’s beloved “Sesame Street” and so much more, died unexpectedly May 16, 1990, in New York. (*)  


But like all Titans of Talent, Henson continues to enchant the public even though he is no longer among us. His genius lives on through the lovable “Muppets” who continue to entertain the young and young-at-heart. 


Henson will also be remembered for works with serious plots and themes. The ‘80s adventure film, “The Dark Crystal” (co-directed by Henson and colleague Frank Oz **) and its iterations proved that a Muppets creator could produce a captivating drama with themes of good versus evil, rebellion and secrecy. 

As long as there is literature, there will be the genius of one Mississippi-born Jim Henson. (*)  

Let MidPointe Library be the first stop on your Jim Henson journey!  

For information about Henson and his generations of creations, go to: > Catalog Search > Jim Henson 

(Above: “Jim Henson - The Biography” is one of many available at

MidPointe Library)

 You’ll also find a wealth of Henson’s work – including the Dark Crystals series – on MidPointe’s vast eLibrary. Go to: > eLibrary > Movies and TV shows > Hoopla > Jim Henson (and/or) Jim Henson Dark Crystal 

All it takes to check out an on-shelf or e-item is a free MidPointe Library card! 

Sign up for a card at any MidPointe location: Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township (2nd floor, Liberty Center) and onboard our “Library On Wheels” bookmobile. 

(*) From the “2019 Chase’s Calendar of Events.” Available for checkout at MidPointe Library. 

 (**)From “The Dark Crystal” available at: