Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 27, 2014

Seuss Birthday: A reading occasion

VALDOSTA — Sunday is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Theodore Geisel was born March 2, 1904, and, before his death in 1991, he had become famous as the beloved Dr. Seuss, author of dozens of even more beloved children’s books.

So, each March 2, or at the very least a close date to Dr. Seuss’ birthday, classrooms and libraries across the country celebrate by reading aloud to children from Seuss’ books.

From noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, South Georgia Regional Library hosts its annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Library, 300 Woodrow Wilson Drive.

The library event includes costume contests, games, and likely even an appearance by one of Seuss’ most famous characters, the Cat in the Hat.

While Dr. Seuss’ birthday has become a time for reading and fun, perhaps March 2 should also become a time when communities review the strength of their libraries, their reading programs, and literacy rates.

Dr. Seuss has introduced millions of youngsters to the joys and educational benefits of reading.

What better legacy than to make his birthday a time to recommit to reading and making reading materials available for not only children but people of all ages.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday should be a time for fun, but it should also be a time to review what we can do as individuals and as a community to ensure that reading always remains fundamental to South Georgia’s continued growth.

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