A Fun Library Event: Tiny Tim Birthday Party

A Fun Library Event: Tiny Tim Birthday Party

Do you remember the old song “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” and the, um, unique entertainer– Tiny Tim (real name Herbert Khaury) — who made it famous in the ’60s? The tall (6’6″), gaunt guy with long, curly black hair, a painted white face, black eye liner — and a falsetto voice?

He married “Miss Vicki” on the Tonight show — the first TV wedding ever – and it was watched by 40 million people.

A fun library event: Tiny Tim birthday party

Souvenir fans from fun library program.

My local library recently held a Tiny Tim Birthday Party event, open to the public. Read about it in the newspaper and it sounded too wild and wacky to miss! (Gotta love the public library.)

One of the library managers and her husband — who has an encyclopedic knowledge of Tiny Tim’s life and music — put on a super-fun event in the library’s meeting room.

A fun library event: Tiny Tim birthday partyThe area was decorated with posters, displays of Tiny  Tim CDs and books about him, a movie screen for a slide show and — a bakery birthday cake. An old-fashioned paper fan (like grandma used in church — and the ones people sometimes print and give as wedding mementos) with Tim’s photo, birthday wishes and info about his life was placed on each seat as a souvenir.

A fun library event: Tiny Tim birthday partyThey also had a drawing for door prizes (Tiny Tim CDs and a planter of tulips, of course).

The party began with a enlightening PowerPoint presentation about Tiny’s life — that included photos of Tiny in his heyday with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and other musical giants of the era — and audio clips from a surprising number of songs he recorded.

At one time, a Tiny Tim fan magazine was published and Tim’s face even made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Parker Brothers put out a Tiny Tim board game, too, but it wasn’t a commercial success.A fun library event: Tiny Tim birthday party

Tiny recorded more than 20 albums – and I’d always thought he was a One-Hit Wonder! His first album was called God Bless Tiny Tim.

Surprisingly enough, an email from Miss Vicki (the woman Tim married on television — and later divorced) to the librarian’s husband was part of the slide show. She wrote, “Good luck on your celebration of Tiny Tim’s birthday. I’m sure he would’ve loved it.”

A fun library event: Tiny Tim birthday partyThe unique event finale was a performance by a local musician known as Noodle McDoodle — who played the ukelele (like Tiny Tim did) — and sang happy birthday to Tim, in both his regular voice and in falsetto.

After this highly entertaining event, I now have a new appreciation for Tiny  Tim — and know more about his life than anyone would ever want to know… 🙂

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7 Responses to A Fun Library Event: Tiny Tim Birthday Party

  1. Wow .. sounds a total infotainment thing .. kudos to the organizers and great thing that you enjoyed it
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  2. Cyn K says:

    I’m a huge fan of public libraries because they offer something for everyone.
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  3. Janet Mueller says:

    Sounds like a fun and very unique event.

  4. joe says:

    what a wonderful idea. I live in a cozy library. maybe I can do the same thing. plus I am a Tiny Tim Collector so I can show off my stuff. 🙂 IS THIS going to be a yearly event?

    • blogqueendiane says:

      Hi Joe-

      Yes, they did the event this year and last, both. We sure have some creative librarians around here!

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