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Friday, February 23, 2007

A Special Day for Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday is fast becoming a national holiday, at least in library circles. Known as Dr. Seuss, the author of classic children’s books such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham was born on March 2, 1904 and died September 24, 1991. Each year the National Education Association declares his birthday "Read Across America Day" (referred to by some as “Read Dr. Seuss Day”).

There is a rumor that the legendary author got started on his journey to fame and fortune when Random House publisher Bennett Cerf bet Geisel that he couldn’t write a book with only 50 words. The story goes that the happy result was Green Eggs and Ham. Geisel went on to produce dozens more books that were eventually translated into numerous languages around the world.

As another generation is introduced to the famous rhymes of Dr. Seuss, check out the special activities below at Fairfax County Public Library branches. Remember that registration is required for all events, even though they’re presented free of charge.

George Mason Regional Library
Friday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Seuss on the Loose! Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult.

Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Games, activities and a surprise guest! All ages.

John Marshall Library
Friday, March 2, 3:30 p.m.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Stories, a craft and a special surprise! All ages.

Lorton
Tuesday, March 6, 10:30 a.m.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Stories, activities and a birthday treat. Age 2-5 with adult.

Kings Park Library
Friday, March 2, Noon
Dr. Seuss' Lunch Bunnies. Bring your lunch and listen to Seussian stories. Birth-5 with adult.

Kingstowne Library
Friday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.
Happy Birthday, Cat in the Hat! Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with stories and fun. Age 2-5 with adult.

Richard Byrd Library
Friday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult.

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Here are the answers to the February 16 quiz:1. b and c. George Washington’s teeth were made of elk teeth and lead, but not wood, as commonly reported.

2. b. Washington probably threw an object across the Rappahannock, rather than the Potomac, which is too wide.

3. b. George only hacked the cherry tree until it died and since his father had given him the hatchet, it is doubtful he had to confess his misdeed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love Dr. Seuss' adult books, as well.