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This January, my guest will be Martin Kratt from the popular PBS Kids animated series Wild Kratts. Along with his brother Chris, Martin writes, directs, and stars in the show.

Wild Kratts is best described as a blend of zoology, biology, science fiction, and comedy. Team Wild Kratt consists of brothers Martin & Chris, engineer Aviva, communications expert Koki, and pilot Jimmy Z. The team is on a constant global road trip as they visit and observe creatures in their various habitats. Martin and Chris can also become the creatures with the help of their high tech Creature Power Suits. By touching the creature and pressing a chest disc, the brothers transform into slick, stylized versions of mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects. Along with the animated portions of the program, there are live action segments in which Martin and Chris introduce the real creatures and habitats featured in the program.

In addition to Wild Kratts and their live national tours, the Kratt brothers have produced a number of award-winning nature shows including Kratt’s Creatures, Zoboomafoo, and Be The Creature. Wild Kratts has earned them three daytime Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series.”

The Kratt Brothers are informative, fun, and completely engaging. They have an intrinsic talent for making non-fiction exciting and inspirational. From the smallest insect to the largest mammal, their enthusiasm for creatures is genuine and infectious. I can honestly say I see the creature world in a completely different light after enjoying several seasons of Wild Kratts with my children.  

This summer, the Kratt Brothers published their first Wild Kratts book, Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins! Their second book, Wild Reptiles: Snakes, Crocodiles, Lizards, and Turtles will be released in January. 

Saturday, January 10
Interview premieres online, click here to visit the BiblioFiles page


Manga fans and amateur artists are invited to join Misako Takashima (popularly known as Misako Rocks!) for an intensive drawing workshop. Character profiles, panel work, and facial expressions will be covered, as well as a little history on Japanese culture and manga. 

Misako has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times. The BBC and TV Asahi also featured her in a documentary about her comic book life. Recently, Misako was chosen as one of Nikkei Woman Magazine’s 15 Women of the Year.

Registration begins on Monday, February 2, at 10:00am. Please call or e-mail Dana Sheridan at or 609-258-2697. Space is limited and the workshop is intensive. Therefore, we ask that attendees have some drawing, cartooning, and/or manga experience.

Saturday, February 21
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Registration REQUIRED (see above)
Free of charge / Ages 10-14


This winter, Cotsen will be hosting a food drive to benefit Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. Simply bring your canned and boxed goods to Cotsen’s curatorial office (located within Cotsen’s gallery). Each item will earn you chances to win this big, 4-foot, cuddly, Very Hungry Caterpillar!

The food drive runs from December 12 – February 12. THANK YOU!

Suggested donation items (no glass, please):
Canned vegetables
Canned beans
Chunk light tuna
Box mac & cheese
Fruit or applesauce cups
Peanut butter
Juice boxes
Granola bars
Pudding cups

Food drive title is inspired by the work of Eric Carle


Did you know that Princeton University now has a central site for all its children’s programs? From pre-K story times to high school internships, the University offers a variety of quality programs in the arts, sciences, literacy, and more! Click here for more information, or e-mail: to join the e-notification list!