Libraries Celebrating the Birthday of Dr. Seuss |

Libraries Celebrating the Birthday of Dr. Seuss

Shona Pettinger (left) and Judy Martens (right) with the statue of Mark Twain at the Rifle Branch Library.
Charlie Wertheim / Post Independent |

Each year, the Garfield County Libraries celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, which also doubles as Read Across America Day. For the second year, the libraries are partnering with local sewing enthusiasts as well as the city of Rifle to bring a little Seussical whimsy to our area.

Beginning next week, Cat in the Hat inspired hats will adorn statues in front of the Rifle Branch Library, Rifle City Hall, as well as statues in the roundabouts near I-70 in Rifle. The sewing trio of Judy Martens, Ellen Wheeler, and Sharon Pettinger created 22 hats in 2016, and Martens and Pettinger created 15 hats this year to prepare for this event.

In addition to the hats, the Rifle Branch Library is hosting a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 2, where children can enjoy stories, games, crafts and silly Seuss fun.

Dr. Seuss was an American writer and illustrator whose given name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. He published over 60 books that sold over 600 million copies, and were translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.

The Cat in the Hat was Seuss’s 13th children’s book. According to Random House, Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat because he was worried children were not learning to read. The book was an immediate hit, and sold nearly a million copies from 1957-1960. The book’s runaway success inspired Seuss to found Beginner Books to publish books designed to help children learn to read.

Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

— Dr. Seuss

Historical information gathered from and Encyclopedia Britannica.

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