Over the weekend Ironwood Library in Ahwatukee celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by inviting the community out to enjoy a morning filled with entertainment.
Family members filled the library’s community room for story time, where Librarian Assistant Kristine Collins read different Dr. Seuss books to the crowd, such as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”
“He wrote all these books that really appeal to the kids, they’re really fun to read out loud and very timeless,” Collins said.
Collins enjoyed the event and story time because it gave a chance for children and parents to view libraries as a fun place, and allowed them to associate reading with pleasure.
“Even if they’re not kids who like to sit down the whole time to listen to a story, we like to do active things to get them into the library,” she said.
The Cat in the Hat, played by Library Assistant Jeff Ide, also made a guest appearance after story time, handing out bookmarks and expressing the importance of reading to each child.
Ide decided to play Cat in the Hat because of the sheer enjoyment he gets while working with children.
“I think Dr. Seuss was one of the most remarkable individuals who helped develop young minds through his artwork and through his rhyming stories,” Ide said.
After story time, family members ventured out of the community room where they indulged themselves with different arts and crafts activities.
Children were seen coloring birthday cakes and different iconic charters from Dr. Seuss’ books, and enjoying reading time with their parents.
Following arts and crafts activity time, members of the library invited families back into the community room where they enjoyed cake and watched “Horton Hears a Who.”
Once the movie was over, children were able to participate in an obstacle course where they maneuvered through different obstacles.
Jake and Bre Brennan both attended the birthday celebration with their daughter and believed it would be beneficial for her.
“She was excited to see the Cat in the Hat,” Jake said. “It’s really cool that they had all these other activities … we didn’t think it was going to be such a big celebration. It’s fun to see the kids interact with other kids and Dr. Seuss is a good way to facilitate that.”
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