Library Dr. Seuss Event Kicks Off Read Across America

Library Dr. Seuss Event Kicks Off Read Across America

I'Rynee Jenkins, left, and Kyleigh Frazier, right, are excited to pose for a photo with the Grinch at the Sweetwater County Library's Dr. Seuss event Saturday. Photo by Stephanie Thompson

GREEN RIVER — With Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 on hand to cause trouble there was much at the Sweetwater County Library to do.

Yertle the Turtle and the Grinch were also on the scene, but the Grinch may have traded his frown for a smile, because he didn’t look mean.

On Saturday afternoon, the library was full of children moving from one activity to another at the Dr. Seuss event. Youth Services Librarian Becky Iwen said this event is a way for the library to officially kick of Read Across America.

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National Read Across America usually coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which is Monday, March 2. Iwen said the library has hosted Dr. Seuss events in the past, but they always try add different activities to keep children coming year after year.

During the event, volunteers and employees dress up in their favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

This year, as children entered the door, they were greeted by Yertle the Turtle, also known as, Public Services Librarian Jen Holden. Holden said she made the costume herself from items she purchased at a local dollar store.

Iwen said this is a great way to encourage children to read. For the next two weeks, children can participate in a special mini-reading challenge at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River only.

Children are encouraged to pick up small forms and fill them out as they complete 10-minute reading sessions. When they reach 100 minutes, they get a small prize, Iwen said. The children can either be read to for 10 minutes at a time or they can read for 10 minutes themselves.

The Saturday programs at the library have been popular, which is one of the reasons why they continue to have them on that day.

“We work really hard to offer a variety of activities,” Iwen said.

Some of this year’s activities included face painting, coloring a Dr. Seuss-themed book bag, pinning the bow on Cat in the Hat, getting a photo taken in the photo booth, following the duct tape maze and coloring a book mark.

Children who checked out at least five books were treated to a bag of cotton candy on their way out the door.

“The way I think about the library is as a community center,” Iwen said.

She said it’s a safe and fun place for families not only to come and check out books, but to participate in free activities. During the winter months, these events are even more popular.

Iwen said none of this would be possible without the help from community volunteers.