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Seussabration set for Saturday, March 7 at the library

The J. Joel Edwards Public Library will host the third annual Seussabration at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s 101st birthday, library manager and avid Seussaholic Rosemary Bunn will present some of her favorite stories, featuring a wide range of authors. ’Because Dr. Seuss believed a truly good book is one that can be enjoyed by all ages, we’ll share some stories everyone will find delightful,’ said Bunn. In addition to the interactive story program, participants will also be treated to games, activities and perhaps even a personal visit from the Cat in the Hat himself. The library’s Seussabration coincides with Read Across America week, instituted by the National Education Association. In May 1997, a small reading task force at the NEA came up with a big idea. ’Let’s create a day to celebrate reading,’ the group decided. ‘We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don’t we do something to get kids excited about reading? We’ll call it ‘˜NEA’s Read Across America’ and we’ll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.’ So was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen. Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. Says the good Doctor himself, ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!’ ’Rosemary has already practiced some of her favorite tales with the library staff and we can’t wait to hear them again on Saturday,’ said Library assistant Emily Evans. ‘You’ll be glad you came.’

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