Wooster celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with reading event

March 24, 2013 by  

Wooster, Ohio library was among the organizations that joined in the celebrations of the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to everyone as Dr. Seuss, by taking part in Read Across America. The program encourages everyone to read – particularly a Dr. Seuss book.

Schools, libraries and their patrons, and people across the country get together each year around March 2 to celebrate the true original’s birthday, and Wooster library patrons enjoyed an event that was entirely ‘Seussical’.

Library volunteer Pykasu Koube said that all participants received hats, then went on to make bingo sheets out of the covers of some of the doctor’s books. They also made Lorax moustaches and took part in a scavenger hunt, looking for symbols from the books. The first five people to find the objects won library bags and everyone who participated received a goody bag.

In addition, and as part of Read Across America, librarian Leah Mendenhall went to the Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics facility in Wooster to read to the children there. The hospital said approximately 2,000 books would be given away to children who were seen in their facilities throughout the region.

Read Across America is part of Akron Children’s Hospital’s ‘Reach Out and Read’ program, which encourages early literacy. It’s offered at 35 offices, where children between 6 months and five years of age are given a book at each check-up.

The library and hospital could team up and work with postcard printing services to create cards for mailing to area residents, outlining the literacy programs at the library and the hospital, and encouraging them to attend.