Fans celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Staff at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library held a special party on Friday to celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday.

The children's department was filled with kids of all ages listening to Dr. Seuss stories, working on activities and playing games.

Director of Youth Services, Kay Taylor, says they celebrate this authors birthday every year.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for people to read some Dr. Suess stories by someone that we all know and love," Taylor said. "Somebody that really helped with children's vocabulary in children's books."

Jamie Hernandez is the proud mother of two.

Hernandez says she brings her children to the library events all the time.

"This library is always providing opportunities for kids to have fun while learning to love reading and love books," Hernandez said. "This program in particular is wonderful because Dr. Seuss is such a staple author. Every young child grows up reading, loving and learning about him."

Taylor says their goal is simple. . .encourage reading.

"I think it just reinforces how important reading is," Taylor said. "And you can come to the library and you can check out all the books you want and just be surrounded by the atmosphere and how important books are."

Hernandez says she would recommend the library's activities and events to any parent.

"I think it's an opportunity that any parent should take an advantage of," Hernandez said. "It's free, it's readily available. They have them all times of the day. It gives a kid an opportunity to participate in something that is wholesome and fun and often times there are added bonuses like crafts and snacks."

Taylor says she hopes additional children are bitten by the "book worm".

"I hope the kids will check out books today," Taylor said. "I hope they'll get a library card if they don't already have one. We hope this will help develop a life long love of books and reading. That's what our goal is."

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