March 2 is National Read Across America Day and marks what would have been the 107th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as the beloved children's writer Dr. Seuss.
Geisel wrote 44 books under his pen name, a list that includes such classics as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “There’s A Wocket in My Pocket,” “Oh Say Can You Say” and “Green Eggs and Ham."
Geisel died in 1991 at the age of 87.
Several local and national events and programs are being held and resources are available to celebrate National Read Across America Day/Geisel's birthday, including:
- The will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Saturday at 10 a.m. All pre-schoolers are invited to have green eggs and ham cooked for them by "Dr. Seuss." Children will also listen to the classic story of the same title, then make a green library book bag. The event is free, but pre-registration will be required for anyone desiring to participate to ensure adequate food and craft materials. To register, call 860-267-2261 log on to http://engagedpatrons.org/Events.cfm?SiteID=6559 and following the event link for registration.
- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will read to hundreds of schoolchildren at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C.
- The National Education Association (NEA) has teamed up with Reading Rockets to provide a host of resources to parents, teachers and professionals to encourage reading. For more information, visit http://www.readingrockets.org/.
- The NEA is also promoting First Book, a nonprofit organization that annually provides millions of books to schools and programs serving children from low-income families. Although the deadline for getting books in time for Read Across America Day has passed, First Book sends books out year-round. Currently, Dr. Seuss books are available at the discounted price of $3.25 per title for qualified (at least 80% of the population served must be low-income) schools and programs. Teachers, pre-school staff, daycare providers and therapists are amongst those that rank as qualified programs.
- Parents and teachers can visit the Scholastic websitefor Dr. Seuss printable Dr. Seuss activity sheets and other creative ways to incorporate reading into the learning process.
- The East Haddam Free Public Library's website offers several links to fun children’s sites, including Sesame Street and Thomas the Tank Engine. Go to http://ehfpl.org/links.htm#3 for more information.
- , and the are among area libraries with extensive collections of Seuss' books. Patrons are encouraged to come in and browse book titles and available VHS and DVD selections.
- The is offering sign-ups for their new “Book Flix” program, which allows interactive and safe reading. Bookflix pairs classic fiction videos with non fiction e-books to develop reading skills and increase real-world knowledge.
- The is one local library that is meeting public demand for "new-school" reading materials, as it now offers a plethora of e-book titles for patrons to download "on the go." Other libraries, such as the , offer audio book borrowing, via online downloads. Access is available to all patrons of the library. To ‘borrow’ a book, a patron needs to click on the e-link of the library, make a selection to be added to the cart, and then proceed to checkout. At checkout, patrons enter their library card number and check out the e-book. The book is automatically returned at the due date and then no longer available on the e-reader.