Today’s Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! I’m proud of our annual Seussathon at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. And I just love carrying it out!
The idea was mine — spend the whole day reading Dr. Seuss books in the children’s area — and ask customers and staff members to sign up to do so.
Then my co-worker added to the idea by putting on Seussian activities in the meeting room in the afternoon — including Hopping on “Pop” — bubble wrap — and playing with Oobleck (cornstarch solution) and making Daisyhead Maisie headbands and things like that. She also ordered Seuss bookmarks and temporary tattoos and bags, as well as Cat in the Hat hats for readers and Thing One and Thing Two headbands for kids.
One of the fun things is how great the readers are! We had kids participating, staff members and patrons — all of whom were wonderful readers.
I personally took a turn when I noticed we didn’t have anyone available. Let’s see, today I read <em>Fox in Socks</em>, <em>The Sneetches and Other Stories</em>, <em>Horton Hatches the Egg</em>, <em>The Foot Book</em>, <em>The Butter Battle Book</em>, <em>One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish</em>, <em>Green Eggs and Ham</em>, and <em>The Cat in the Hat</em>. (And I didn’t think I’d been out there very much!)
Oh, and some of the children I got to read to were completely adorable! They weren’t necessarily the usual story time crowd. And unfailingly a joy to read to.
And don’t tell, but before the library opened, I sang a few songs from <em>The Cat in the Hat Songbook</em>.
It’s the sort of day that, looking back, definitely makes me smile.
I do have the best job.