Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oshkosh Public Library celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday

Feb. 23, 2010 – Celebrate one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors when the Oshkosh Public Library hosts a party for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday on Tuesday, March 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Families can play Dr. Seuss Bingo and other games, eat birthday cake and decorate a birthday card for Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known to millions as Dr. Seuss. Popular storyteller Karen Kersting returns to entertain the crowd.

Dr. Seuss, whose many familiar titles include The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is regarded as one of the most influential children’s writers of all time. His sing-song rhymes and seemingly silly creatures draw young readers into engaging stories that teach basic reading skills in a way that is fun.

The Oshkosh Public Library’s Dr. Seuss party is part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America observance. “This is a day that groups all across the country join together to celebrate reading,” said Nancy Jackisch, OPL children’s librarian. “Getting children excited about reading is important. Research shows that children who are motivated and spend more time reading perform better in school.”

Student volunteers from UWO’s Clemans Hall will be on hand to help with the festivities, with cake and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Oshkosh Public Library.

Children who come to the Oshkosh Public Library from Feb. 23 to March 2 can enter a drawing for great Dr. Seuss prizes. Registration is not required for this event. For more information about library programs and services for families, visit http://www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org/ or call the Children’s Desk at 236-5208.


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