Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

March 5, 2014


To mark the 110th birthday Carlton Jones singing and dancing at the Tulare (Calif.) Public Libraryof classic children's author Dr. Seuss, libraries across the country celebrated Read Across America Day on Sunday, March 2, with librarians and patrons donning tall, floppy red-and-white striped hats and reciting the poet and illustrator's works in their signature cadence. One of the more decorative and active celebrations took place at the Tulare (Calif.) Public Library (TPL), where Vice Mayor Carlton Jones (pictured, top) led children in reading, singing, and dancing. He was joined by TPL youth librarian Melissa Emerson (pictured, reading book), commonly known around TPL as Queen B, for "Queen of Books."Melissa Emerson reads to children for Read Across America Day, March 2.

The variety of costumes on display weren't limited to Cats in Hats. Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library saw Horton from Horton Hears a Who, thanks to members of the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre Seussical cast.

Activities around the country included a wide variety of children's crafts, such as the pipe cleaner sculpture created by Bozeman (Mont.) Public Library (BPL) patron Avery Harris (pictured at table). BPL Avery Harris makes a pipe cleaner sculpture at the Bozeman (Mont.) Public Library. has made a point to celebrate Read Across America Day in earnest since 1989, when children's services supervisor Cindy Christin and her patrons received a personal reply to a birthday card sent to Dr. Seuss.Alex Freeman from the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre production of "Seussical" visits the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library dressed as Horton.

And as these libraries and dozens more show,
Dr. Seuss Day's a hit! That much we know!Children smile for the camera while waiting for reading activities to start outside the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

CHRIS FRANCIS is editorial intern at American Libraries.

POSTED: March 5, 2014



The Cat in the Hat at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida..