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Where to Celebrate Read Across America Day

Toast Dr. Seuss on the anniversary of his birth by reading his silly stories.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Massachusetts on March 2, 1904, and in the ensuing 87 years, he authored some of the most indelible children’s books of all time, sharing them with a world that knows him best under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

 

Dr. Seuss wrote dozens of beloved books, including such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and many more.

 

The National Education Association established Geisel’s birthday, March 2, as National Read Across America Day in 1997. This year, its 10th anniversary, will feature numerous events throughout the United States, including Philadelphia. Here’s what’s happening around Philly and the Main Line:

 

Several events are scheduled for Thursday, March 2, at local branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Wynnefield Library in Overbrook (5325 Overbrook Ave.) will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, as will the Cobbs Creek Library (5800 Cobbs Creek Pkwy), and Whitman Library in South Philadelphia (200 Snyder Ave.), all at 4 p.m. The Welsh Road branch (9233 Roosevelt Boulevard), will host an event, too, with state Sen. Art Haywood reading Seuss.

 

Elmwood Park Zoo will celebrate the event on Saturday, March 4, with children’s author Jerry Spinelli, and appearances by both Curious George and the Berenstain Bears.

 

The Ardmore Free Library (108 Ardmore Ave.) is partying on Saturday, too, from 2 to 3 pm. Kids can listen to the stories and make crafts.

 

Meanwhile, various local schools have hosted small events — and public officials have been having as much fun as the kids.

Then Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, taking a page from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, read the classic Green Eggs and Ham at another school:

 

For more information about Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America, visit www.seussville.com.

 

Photograph by Gwyneth K. Shaw.

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