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Libraries to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Jennifer Pelt, the youth services librarian at the Jonesboro library branch, reads the “Dr. Seuss” book, “Happy Birthday To You!” Several Clayton County libraries are set to hold special events, beginning later this week, to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Jennifer Pelt, the youth services librarian at the Jonesboro library branch, reads the “Dr. Seuss” book, “Happy Birthday To You!” Several Clayton County libraries are set to hold special events, beginning later this week, to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Clayton County libraries are poised to celebrate the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — with several days of special events later this week, and early next week.

Friday is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The author, who died in 1991, would have turned a spry 108 this year. In honor of his birthday, the National Education Association has designated Friday as national “Read Across America” day. Schools and libraries are encouraged to read Geisel’s books to children, to promote literacy.

“Everybody loves Dr. Seuss, and everybody knows his books,” said Jennifer Pelt, the youth services librarian for the Jonesboro library branch. “Some people do read other books to children on ‘Read Across America Day,’ but it’s mainly focused on him.”

Clayton County Library and recreation officials are scheduled to kick off local birthday celebrations with an “Early Read Across America Celebration” on Thursday. The free-to-attend event will be held from 6:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, which is located at 9045 Tara Blvd., in Jonesboro.

The early birthday celebration will be presented by Pelt and Xavier Scott, the youth services librarian for the Lovejoy library branch. The celebration is expected to include performances of two skits based on Dr. Seuss books, read-alouds of some of his books, and the viewing of a movie entitled, “Seuss Celebration.”

Pelt is also slated to do a Dr. Seuss read-aloud Friday at 10 a.m., at the Jonesboro library branch, which is located at 124 Smith St., in Jonesboro. She said she is planning to read three Seuss books at that event, including “There’s A Wocket In My Pocket,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut.” Pelt said she literally will try to read with her eyes shut.

“It’s been a few years, but I’ve done it before, and I know I can do it again,” she said.

On Saturday, Pelt will also show the movie, “Horton Hears a Who,” at the library, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Forest Park library branch, located at 696 Main St., in Forest Park, is set to show the same movie on Monday, March 5, at 6:15 p.m.

As Geisel’s birthday approaches, there is continued interest in his collection of books, which spans nearly half a century. His final book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” has become somewhat of a staple that is given as a high school graduation gift. Several of his works have been adapted into television specials and feature films. A film adaptation of one of his books, “The Lorax,” is set to open on Friday.

“I think Dr. Seuss continues to be so popular with people because of the rhyming he does in his books, and he makes up fun words,” Pelt said.

Call the Jonesboro library branch at (770) 478-7120, the Lovejoy library branch at (770) 472-8129, and the Forest Park library branch at (404) 366-0850, for more information about their “Read Across America” events.