WEEKEND: Library events celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday

Schools and libraries on the North Olympic Peninsula and across the nation are set to celebrate the birthday of the man who wrote The Lorax and other children’s favorites.

Today, many elementary schools — including schools in the Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Cape Flattery districts — are having special events to mark the 108th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

On Saturday, The Harmonica Pocket! will present “Get Loose with Seuss” at the Port Angeles and Sequim libraries.

Geisel, born March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass., wrote more than 60 children’s books during his life, using the pen name Dr. Seuss for all of the books he both wrote and illustrated and the name Theo LeSieg for books he wrote but others illustrated.

Enduring classics

Among his enduring classics are The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax and Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.

The National Education Association is sponsoring the 15th annual Read Across America Day today, encouraging members of the public to read to schoolchildren today to honor Dr. Seuss and promote reading.

The celebration continues Saturday.

Keeth Monta Apgar and hoop-wielding sidekick Nala Walla, both of Port Townsend, will perform songs, stories and dance at 10:30 a.m. at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

They will provide the 2 p.m. grand finale show of a read-a-thon in honor of Dr. Seuss at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

The read-a-thon will begin at 10 a.m. and with The Harmonica Pocket! show.

The Dr. Seuss read-a-thon is an event to support literacy and is free to all.

This is the first read-a-thon at the Sequim Library, and patrons of all ages are encouraged to stop in throughout the day to read fun books and have a snack.

The first 50 children get a Cat in the Hat-inspired top hat.

For more information visit www.nols.org.

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