Libraries to celebrate Seuss' birthday

March 01, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

You have brains in your head

You have feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself

Any direction you choose

"Oh, the Places You'll Go," by Dr. Seuss

Kids of all ages should steer themselves to Camarena Memorial Library in Calexico and the Brawley Public Library on Friday to participate in the fourth annual national Read Across America celebration.

Coinciding with the 97th anniversary of children's author Dr. Seuss' (Theodor Geisel) birth, March 2 will feature a variety of activities geared toward increasing children's enjoyment of and interest in reading.


Camarena Memorial Library will host a Dr. Seuss birthday party from 4-6 p.m. during which the library will be closed for all other services.

Children up to 17 years old can participate in arts and crafts, reading aerobics, games, storytelling in both English and Spanish or watch a video, said library Director Sandra Tauler.

Sponsored by the Calexico Rotary, each participating child can select a book to take home and keep as their own at the end of the afternoon as part of the Reading is Fundamental program, Tauler said.

"The purpose is to give books to children so they can have books at home and have the pride of ownership and enjoyment of reading," Tauler said.

Refreshments, including birthday cake, will be served.

In the Northend, children and parents can come to the Brawley Public Library at 3 p.m. for a similar celebration of reading and activities.

Though kids can have fun playing games such as pin the green eggs on the ham, the event has a serious purpose, Brawley Public Library Assistant Director Connie Barrington said.

Libraries have been at the forefront of the literacy campaign and promoting reading for fun, Barrington said.

The event has been well-attended at the two libraries the past two years, Barrington said, adding she expects this year to continue the trend.

Nationally, more than 30 million people participated in Read Across America last year.

The National Education Association-sponsored event is "a day of fun with a purpose," said NEA President Bob Chase.

"We hope students of all ages will explore with us the fun, adventure and magic that reading — and books — provide. We want readers young and old to join us for the ride," Chase said.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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