Friday, March 02, 2012

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Oshkosh Public Library

Calling all Plain-Belly Sneetches and Brown Bar-ba-loots! It’s time to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Oshkosh Public Library.

On Sat., March 3, families are invited to Dr. Seuss's Birthday Open House & Film Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library’s lower level. This fun-filled day will include Dr. Seuss films, birthday cake, a book zoo, prizes, a giant birthday card to sign and plenty of songs.

“We’ve got a day of fun planned to honor one of our most beloved children’s authors,” explains Valerie Mattair, Head of Children’s & Family Outreach Services. “Children and parents alike have fond memories of learning to read with Dr. Seuss so this is an event that the whole family can enjoy.”

Children are invited to visit the “book zoo,” – an area with plenty of cozy cushions and favorite
Dr. Seuss books. Those who stay long enough to read a book (or have one read to them) will receive a small Cat in the Hat plush toy. Throughout the day, activities will come to a halt for a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” for Dr. Seuss. Each child receives a bookmark and can enter the drawing to win a copy of the book The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That: I Love the Nightlife!

The work of Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known to millions as Dr. Seuss, includes many familiar titles such as Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He is widely 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.

Families are invited to “celebrate Seuss” all year long by visiting the Oshkosh Public Library and checking out some titles from the library’s impressive Dr. Seuss collection. Besides traditional books, the library has Spanish-language versions, Dr. Seuss books on CD, downloadable audio books, read-along book-and-CD sets and DVDs.

Registration is not required for the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration. For more information about resources, programs and events for children and families, call 236-5208 or visit

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