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Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at the Library 2011


We’ve been celebrating NEA’s Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday for the past week. Last Monday we went to our public library for their Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. The celebration was scheduled to begin at 5:30pm and Adaline’s bedtime is 6:00pm. We decided to go even though it would be past her bedtime.

Adaline, dressed in her Thing 1 t-shirt and a tutu from Christmas, got everyone’s attention right away. She was the youngest one there and the older children were oooing and ahhhing over how cute she is. Adaline smiled at the children and even went to sit near some of them. Right before the program started another group of children came in and Adaline came back over to sit with us.

The lady leading the program and doing the readings was great. She was nice and loud and enthusiastic…much better than the readers at Target. The kids were much more involved in the stories than the group at Target.

They read Green Eggs and Ham, Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, Oh the Thinks You Can Think, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, The Foot Book, and McElligot’s Pool. There was interaction/activity with each book. When all of the reading was done they handed out Goldfish crackers and a small piece of cake.

After the program was over Adaline and I went to the children’s reading room to hang out while Cool Daddy got a library card (we didn’t have one!). Adaline had a lot of fun playing with the hand puppets they had in there namely a frog, a bunny, and a lady bug. I was cringing at the thought of her touching all the other filthy toys I saw laying around. I’m not really a person that freaks out about dirt or germs, but I didn’t want to touch them myself let alone have her touch them. Yick. Luckily she stuck to the puppets which appeared cleaner, though I doubt they were.

Adaline enjoyed the stories but the highlight of the evening for her was a giant fake owl statue. They had it setting out for one of the readings and Adaline was enthralled by it. “Owl, owl!” She got to touch it up close and she was thrilled. She was also excited to see “Sammy-Sam” and “Hat Cat” on the reader’s shirt and pin respectively.

While the program wasn’t the peak of excitement in her life, I think it was worth keeping her up a little past her bed time. It was a nice first trip to the library :)

Just in case you’re looking for some ideas here’s a list of the “activities” that the library did with each book:
+Green Eggs and Ham: They had printed out pictures of the different items mentioned in the book and set them out as they came up. The reader would point to the pictures and have the kids call out the word rather than read it herself “ham”, “fox”, “box”, etc.
+Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?: They had different props related to the story and the child holding the prop would hold it up and make the noise at their part in the story.
+The Shape of Me and Other Stuff: After the story was over the reader put shapes/silhouettes on a board and had the kids guess what they are.
+The Foot Book: Again more props were used to be held up throughout the story, “big feet”, “small feet”, “fur feet”, etc.
+McElligot’s Pool: One wall was covered in paper and the kids were given crayons to draw their own creative fish in McElligot’s Pool.

Do you attend any reading events at your public library?
Let me know in the comments!

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*FREE Dr. Seuss Fonts (Links)

*10 Easy Dr. Seuss Snacks

*A Splendiferous Dr. Seuss Breakfast

*Celebrating Seuss 2011

*Seuss Fails 2011
*Dr. Seuss Celebration at the Library 2011
*Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target 2011
*Read Across America with Dr. Seuss 2011

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Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target


NEA’s Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday are being celebrated nationwide throughout the month of March. Last Saturday we went to Target for their Dr. Seuss Storytime. They were already reading when we arrived, but we were greeted by an enthusiastic Target lady waving us over to the girls department from across the isle. As we approached she handed us a cute tiny white reusable Target bag with some freebies in it and we went to find a seat.

I’d never been to a storytime at Target before, so I didn’t really no what to expect. Would there be characters or books being read by The Cat in the Hat? No. I had it built up much bigger in my head. There were some Target employees wearing red Seuss/Target shirts and Cat in the Hat hats and they took turns reading the books to the group of kids and their parents sitting on the floor. The reading was, unfortunately, pretty bad. It was hard to hear them, most had no excitement or inflection in their voices, and many had no clue how to read from the book while still showing the pictures to the kids. Nonetheless the kids sat and listened and seemed to enjoy themselves. That’s the magic of books and Dr. Seuss in particular. It doesn’t matter how many times you hear “Green Eggs and Ham” (even if it’s read monotone)…the story and the illustrations are still so captivating that young minds and hearts respond to it every time.

At 19 months old Adaline is really a little too young to sit in a group and listen to (boring) strangers read a book, especially if she’s not close enough to see all of the pictures. This is where the goodie bag really came in handy. There was an activity sheet and 3 crayons in the bag along with crackers and a juice box. Adaline has recently become a big fan of coloring and when I sat her down on the floor with the paper and crayons she kept looking up excitedly at my mom and me shouting “Crayons! Color! Green!” She didn’t pay attention to most of the stories (it was really hard to hear).

At one point we moved to a different spot just when the best reader started to read Dr. Seuss’ ABC, which happens to be Adaline’s favorite book. During the reading she was shouting out different things from the book, “Bubbles, Donuts, Doggy, Itchy, Kerchoo, Lollipop!” and she got a few laughs from the other parents.

So she colored her paper, had some snacks, and enjoyed (at least one of) the stories, and then we decided it was time to go. I’m not sure how long we were there. It was long enough for them to read Are You My Mother, Go, Dog! Go!, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, The Tooth Book, Ten Apples Up On Top, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, and some others too.

After we were done with the reading we went back to the book department to pick up some Dr. Seuss books on sale. We only had a few at home, so I was happy to pick up six more at $5 each (until I noticed a sale paper yesterday that said Toys R Us has them $4.49 Buy 2 Get 1 Free…I think I need to make another trip!). We picked up some crayons for Adaline and a few other things and then we stopped to get something to eat and head home (check back on Wednesday for a quick funny story about our lunch).

Over all it was a nice day and Adaline seemed to really enjoy herself (even if my mom and I wanted to poke sharp things in our ears in response to the oh-so-boring interpretations of beloved children’s classics).

I’m glad that we took her to Target’s Dr. Seuss Storytime :)
We’ll probably go back again next year…
and maybe I’ll volunteer to read ;)

Did you go to Dr. Seuss Storytime at your Target?
Let me know in the comments!

RELATED POSTS:
*FREE Dr. Seuss Fonts (Links)

*10 Easy Dr. Seuss Snacks

*A Splendiferous Dr. Seuss Breakfast

*Celebrating Seuss 2011

*Seuss Fails 2011
*Dr. Seuss Celebration at the Library 2011
*Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target 2011
*Read Across America with Dr. Seuss 2011

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Read Across America with Dr. Seuss! 2011


March 02 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and NEA’s Read Across America Day! You should be able to find some (free) Seuss and reading events going on near you.

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On Saturday February 26, 2011 (9a-11a) bring the kids to your local Target store to enjoy giveaways, coupons and hear Dr. Seuss favorites.

Target.com: Read Across America: Download the free printable of a Cat in the Hat hat to color and wear and a Lorax puppet. Many more non-Seuss printables can be found under the Start Reading and Activity Center tabs.

Read Across America: Learn more about Read Across America and find some great links.

Seussville: Seussville has a page dedicated to Read Across America that includes many free Dr. Seuss printables.

Check your local library!

Celebrate Dr Seuss’ Birthday: Stories – Activities – Treats
at libraries in the Beaver County, PA area.

*Carnegie Free Library Beaver Falls, PA:
Monday February 28, 2011 at 5:30pm.
*Rochester Public Library:
Monday February 28, 2011 at 6pm.
*Baden Memorial Library:
Tuesday March 1, 2011 at 1pm.
*BF Jones Memorial Library Aliquippa, PA:
Wednesday March 2, 2011 at 6pm.
*Monaca Public Library:
Wednesday March 2, 2011 at 6pm.
*Beaver Area Memorial Library:
Wednesday March 2, 2011 at 6:30pm.
*New Brighton Public Library:
Thursday March 3, 2011 11am.
*Chippewa Branch Library Beaver Falls, PA:
Saturday March 5, 2011 at 12:30pm.
*Laughlin Memorial Library Ambridge, PA:
Saturday March 5, 2011 at 1pm.
*Carnegie Library Midland, PA:
Saturday March 12, 2011 at 1pm.

RELATED POSTS:
*FREE Dr. Seuss Fonts (Links)

*10 Easy Dr. Seuss Snacks

*A Splendiferous Dr. Seuss Breakfast

*Celebrating Seuss 2011

*Seuss Fails 2011
*Dr. Seuss Celebration at the Library 2011
*Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target 2011
*Read Across America with Dr. Seuss 2011

Coolest Family on the Block is committed to helping you find creative ways to have fun and make memories with your family all year-long. Don’t miss an idea, tip, or trick…subscribe and have updates sent directly to your email!

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