An annual reading motivation and awareness program by the National Education Association, Read Across America calls for children everywhere to celebrate reading in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Monday, March 2.
Though known better by his pen name, writer and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel published more than 60 children’s books prior to his death in 1991.
The annual Read Across America celebration is not just for children, however, as adults also have an important role to play in reading aloud to them.
Last year, the Globe Public Library was no exception, holding a gala event with cake and crafts and games and goodies, with prominent Globe-Miami citizens reading Dr. Seuss books to the children gathered.
The library plans to celebrate Read Across America again this year, according to its director Adrea Ricke.
“We will be celebrating on the actual date, (Monday) March 2 with an after-afterschool Dr. Seuss Party,” said Ricke, adding. “We will have cake, activities and—the best part of all—give away books for kids all the way through teens.”
The Globe Public Library is located at 339 S. Broad St., in Globe.
With the Miami Memorial Library closed on Mondays, it’s a little harder to hold a celebration on Dr. Seuss’s actual birthday, so it leaves that to its sister library in Globe.
However, with a weekly story hour in Miami, patrons young and old just might be treated to a reading of a Dr. Seuss book or two that week.
Just days before, the Miami library plans to “Leap into Science.”
The program will start at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, with a program for children with their parents, according to Library Director Susan Pontel.
A nationwide program from The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Pennsylvania, “Leap into Science” integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books.
The program is designed for children ages three to 10 and their families.
The subject of the Feb. 28 program in Miami is “Wind—What is a breeze? What is a gale? Do experiments! Read all about it!” Pontel said.
Not exactly Dr. Seuss, but, somehow, we know he’d approve.
The Miami Memorial Library is located at 282 S. Adonis Ave.
No matter where you are, children of all ages are encouraged to read across America on Monday, March 2.
And, remember, as Dr. Seuss would no doubt tell us, you can read a book anywhere—in a nook or near a brook or where people go to cook.
Always give a book a look.
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