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Literacy effort celebrates Dr. Seuss on Saturday

by on February 25, 2013 3:00 PM

In honor of Theodor Geisel’s birthday Saturday, the Indiana Free Library is having a Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration! as this year’s Celebration of Literacy event.

This year’s literacy adventure, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! at the Library, falls on Read Across America Day, an annual celebration of Seuss’ birthday, and will take participants into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss, who wrote more than 50 children’s books throughout his lifetime.

The literacy adventures help promote and emphasize the importance of reading through A Celebration of Literacy.

Children are welcome to take part in the fun festivities during the celebration, which will feature live animals, treats, crafts, music, therapy dogs, a story time and more. They’ll even be able to make oobleck, a mixture of cornstarch and water that can behave like a solid or a liquid and comes from Seuss’ 1949 book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

Sponsored by the library, The Indiana County Reading Council and The Indiana Gazette, and with the help of Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor Susie Fello’s student volunteers, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library at 845 Philadelphia St.

Many IUP students will be volunteering their time this week to help community children enjoy Dr. Seuss’ books, Fello said in an email. The students from her Literacy for the Developing Reader Grades 2-4 will be making decorations from the stories and characters made famous by Dr. Seuss, and the library will be decorated Thursday “in preparation for the children’s arrival for Saturday’s celebration.”

In addition, Fello said, IUP students from international honor society Kappa Delta Pi will be reading aloud to the children, decorating cupcakes, playing games, making hats and creating the “world-famous” oobleck.

Children may also see some of Seuss’ favorite characters, such as Cat in the Hat, Things 1 and 2 and Horton “prancing about on Philadelphia Street and entertaining children inside the library,” Fello said.

“The IUP students are volunteering their time and talents to enhance literacy for children in Indiana,” Fello said.

“(The event) is a great partnership among the library, the Gazette and the reading council to promote reading for the youth of our county,” said Hastie Kinter, who coordinates the Gazette’s Newspaper in Education program.

Sponsors ask that participants donate a new or gently used book to the event to be distributed to those in need throughout the county.



Heather Blake is the wire editor and an assistant web editor for The Indiana Gazette. She covers courts, Saltsburg and Homer City borough councils and Penns Manor and United school districts, in addition to writing feature articles. She can be reached at hblake@indianagazette.net.
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