BEMUS POINT - Since his arrival in the children's literary canon, few authors have been more adept than Dr. Seuss at condensing oceans of morality into a 30-page book.
On Saturday, the Bemus Point Library will host an event to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. On the day that Dr. Seuss would have turned 109, the library will celebrate with Dr. Seuss movies, crafts and a birthday cake.
"The National Education Association is sponsoring what is called 'Read Across America,'" said Kathleen McCarthy, library director. "As part of that, we are celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. Everyone loves a party, and it seems that everyone has read at least one Dr. Seuss book in their childhood that they still remember today. Dr. Seuss's books are very repetitive and almost always rhyme, so children that are too young to read enjoy his books because they are able to anticipate what the next words will be, even though they can't read. However, that enthusiasm, with enough practice, will eventually become the ability to read. Simply put, Dr. Seuss's books make children enthusiastic about reading and learning how to read."
Geoffrey Gross and Mesa Carlson color a picture of “The Cat in the Hat,” one of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters. There will be more opportunities for children to color at the library’s event on Saturday.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, is best remembered for his nonsensical words and his ability to flawlessly weave morality into his stories without lowering the entertainment value of his stories' plots.
"As a student, classmates voted him least likely to succeed," said McCarthy. "Regardless, he went on to become one of the most loved children's authors of all time. I think it's a good message for children - that what we become is limited only by our own determination."
The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run through 12:30 p.m. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend with children.
For more information or questions, call the library at 386-2274.