Dr. Seuss at 105 (throughout March)

March 3, 2009

If you googled anything yesterday, you no doubt noticed the tribute to Theodor Seuss Geisel, whose birthday was celebrated March 2. His biography (available on the official Seussville homepage) is fascinating — can’t you totally picture him, the son and grandson of brewmasters, and an out-of-the-box thinker to boot, being caught throwing a party at college during Prohibition and having to resort to using his middle name as a pseudonym to get his writing back into the school’s humor magazine?

M. and S. are old-school Dr. Seuss fans, thanks to my parents’ gift of all my childhood books, and they turn up their noses at the abridged board book versions with the revamped artwork.  (You can get a few of the hardcover classics online at Seussville, if you’re interested.)

The local libraries are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birth 105 years ago with a month’s worth of storytimes, after-school events and even movies: The Cat in the Hat screens Wednesday (March 4) at the St. Louis Public Library’s Barr branch at 4 p.m.  To see other events in the city, go to its children’s calendar page and click on the dates.  The county libraries have “Seuss on the Loose” events for ages 3 to 7 all month too; they’re collected here.  Note that registration is requested.

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