Valdosta Daily Times

March 2, 2014

Library celebrates Dr. Seuss Day

Kristin Finney
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Hundreds of area children and their families came out to the library Saturday morning to celebrate the legacy of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

For nearly eight years, the South Georgia Regional Library has hosted a Dr. Seuss Day in March to celebrate the birthday of the beloved children’s author. Today would have marked Geisel’s 110th birthday.

Each year’s celebration brings more than 200 children of all ages to enjoy the fun.

Kids were able to have their faces painted, color Cat in the Hat hats, bounce in bounce houses, run relay races and much more throughout the two-hour celebration. There were characters from Dr. Seuss’ books walking around and playing games with the kids. Children also had the opportunity to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character and compete in a costume contest.

“Libraries change lives — starting with children learning to read and experiencing the joy of learning. Dr. Seuss Day exemplifies one of the reasons I was attracted to the library profession — the opportunity to help young children develop a lifelong love of reading. Highlighting the works of a beloved American children’s author and illustrator is a way of reaching out to children and parents who may just check out a book today that may change their lives,” said SGRL Director, Kelly Lenz.

Many people that go to the Dr. Seuss Day celebration have so much fun that they keep coming back. Charlie Oliver is one such person. Oliver is a volunteer with the Literacy Volunteer Program of South Georgia and she has been coming to the event for several years.

“This is a great program. Between this and the Snow Day event, it just brings people out to the library. So many people forget that we have a library and that it does more than just check out books. They have so many programs and this program is just one more way that the library is supporting the community,” said Oliver.

The South Georgia Regional Library System is comprised of six branches servicing Lowndes, Echols, and Lanier counties, housing a collection of over 200,000 books.  The library system offers high-speed Internet access, free continuing education classes, State Park and Zoo Atlanta guest passes, as well as weekly children’s programs.

The Dr. Seuss Day event is held each year. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to the public.  For more information visit sgrl.org or call 229-333-0086.