WCTE PBS Kids offers a free public screening to launch new show

COOKEVILLE – WCTE is pleased to partner with the Putnam County Library in Cookeville for a free screening of the new PBS kids show Molly of Denali” Monday, July 8 at 11:15 a.m. at the library located at 50 E. Broad St. 

PBS KIDS “Molly of Denali” is a new animated series that will premiere on WCTE July 15 at 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. with additional airings on WCTE’s PBS Kids 24/7 channel. Additionally, families can enjoy watching the live stream of “Molly of Denali” and many other PBS Kids shows at wcte.org/watch/kids.

“Molly of Denali” is an action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska native girl. “Molly of Denali” is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska native lead character.

Molly helps her mom and dad run the Denali Trading Post, a general store, bunkhouse, and transport hub in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Each episode follows Molly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures in Alaska, from fishing to building snow forts to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled.

“Molly of Denali” is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. In each episode, Molly’s life and adventures are enhanced and broadened by using and creating a variety of informational texts, including books, online resources, field guides, historical archives, indigenous knowledge from elders, maps, charts, posters, photos, and more. Molly also shares the information that she gathers through a vlog, offering short-form videos in which she shares aspects of her life in Alaska with kids in the lower 48 states and around the world.

“PBS KIDS programming is rooted in education and inclusion, and we are always looking for new ways to highlight the many different communities that makeup America,” said Linda Simensky, vice president, children’s programming, PBS. 

WCTE has served the Upper Cumberland for more than 40 years as the regions premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, making it a strategic partner with education, health services, government, arts and music. WCTE is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council and is one of only 350 PBS affiliates nationwide. 

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