Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss. Weldon Public Library Hosts a Party!

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Join in the celebration today at C.E. Weldon Public Library! It is Dr. Seuss’ birthday–he would be 105 today.

Here are the details:

dr_seussCome and Go Birthday Party

Monday, March 2

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

C. E. Weldon Library, 100 Main St., Downtown,

And it is for all ages.

According to the Director of Children’s Library Services, Sabrina Exum, there will be cake, games, door prizes, Dr. Seuss stories and face painting. The library has been hosting this party for years, and it is presented by the UTM STEA Group.  You can call 587-3148 for more details.  For Facebook users, Sabrina has created a helpful library page.   Not into Facebook yet?  Here’s the link to the library website.

Here is just a tidbit I found interesting about Dr. Seuss from the Wiki:

Dr. Seuss, his real name, Theodor Seuss Geisel, wrote his Beginner Books with a list of 250 words. His publisher created the list because of a 1954 article in Lifemagazine about a report that claimed children’s books were boring and, consequently, children were not learning to read.  The Cat in the Hat became the first book of many created from this list of words.  Read more about Dr. Seuss’ life and works.

Another quick tidbit:  Geisel penned many favorites under a pseudonym, Theo. LeSieg–Geisel spelled backwards.  He wrote this group of books, and others illustrated them.  One book included in this collection is I Wish That I Had Duck Feet.   This treasured story, one my daughter and I have read together countless times, is about a little boy who wishes for all sorts of animal parts so he can wow the neighbors and his friends: antlers to carry books and supplies, a tiger tail to jump rope with, or an elephant snout to help firemen put out fires.  He discovers each addition creates its own set of problems, and he decides, in the end, he’s better off just the way he is.

Want more information on Dr. Seuss’ books?  Here is a Biblio.com bibliography with links to many of the 60 wonderful tales Geisel created.

See you at the party!

Photo courtesy of Sabrina Exum, C. E. Weldon Public Library.

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