Add a feather boa and you can see
How a pole becomes a truffula tree.
Here kids of all ages hang their socks
To celebrate a friendly fox.
That’s part of the fun at the libraries;
You’re welcome to come, if you please.
From Lorax mustaches and Cat in the Hat headgear to a bowl filled with “goldfish” and the aforesaid “truffula tree,” area libraries are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday in style this week.
Saturday is the 109th anniversary of the day Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Mass., but the staff of the Hoyt Library in Kingston decided to have an entire “wacky week” in his honor.
“I have a mini Dr. Seuss hat on my head, and tomorrow I’ll add Grinch bedroom slippers,” children’s librarian Carol Dalmas said earlier this week.
Young patrons are invited to wear crazy clothes to the Hoyt Library, too, and will have a chance to decorate socks they can hang on a “truffula tree” Dalmas created by artfully draping a purple feather boa on a pole so it would look like the trees the Lorax wanted to save from the Once-ler.
The fun will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, she said, adding some youngsters come to the library several days of the week to do their homework.
Even “big kids” as old as 12 and 13 seem excited about pulling wrapped goldfish snacks from a bowl in honor of Seuss’ “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” book, said Dalmas, who also had plans for young visitors to make elephant ears in honor of “Horton Hears a Who.”
At the Osterhout Library in Wilkes-Barre, meanwhile, children’s librarian Elaine Rash said Saturday afternoon will be devoted to “everything Seuss,” from films and stories to crafts, including the making of Cat in the Hat hats from white paper bags.
And, at the West Pittston Library, youth-services librarian Summer Belles plans a Saturday-afternoon celebration in which young Seuss fans can move from station to station to make “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” bookmarks and to take photos of themselves wearing a Lorax mustache. Making cat tails also may be part of the mix, and there will definitely be some reading.
“I always start out any activity with the story,” Belles said. If weather permits, she’ll end the activity by taking children outside to nearby Wyoming Avenue, where passersby will see them lined up to “read across America.”
The fun at area libraries doesn’t end with Dr. Seuss activities. Saturday also will see the first meeting of a Lego Club for children ages 8 to 12 at the Wyoming Library, where library director John Roberts says a new club soon will form because the first one has filled up.
Back at the Hoyt, young owners of Barbie dolls are welcome to dress their dolls and bring them to a fashion show, complete with runway, at 6 p.m. Monday. Ken is welcome, too.