AJ Ganger holds Thing 1 and Thing 2 beside the Cat in the Hat. Ganger has something in common with Dr. Seuss – they both have the same birthday! Ganger celebrated his 4th birthday yesterday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
AJ Ganger holds Thing 1 and Thing 2 beside the Cat in the Hat. Ganger has something in common with Dr. Seuss – they both have the same birthday! Ganger celebrated his 4th birthday yesterday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – While the entire month of March is National Reading Month, March 2 is arguably one of the most important reading-related dates of the month. Not only is March 2 “Read Across America Day,” it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

All week long the Brumback Library has been celebrating Dr. Seuss’s 114th birthday with crafts, snacks, and story times, and on Friday, over a dozen children gathered to have the Cat in the Hat read stories to them.

For the past couple of years Linda Bagley has dressed as Dr. Seuss’s famous cat to read Seuss books to children. Bagley taught kindergarten and first grades for over 20 years at Horace Mann and is now retired. She now is on the Brumback Library Board of Trustees and says that dressing up as the Cat in the Hat to read to the children is one of her favorite things to do.

“I enjoy being with the children, I enjoy coming to the library and seeing the children,” said Bagley. “The library has been very good to me and very good to the children. They have wonderful programs for the children and activities.”

Bagley read Dr. Seuss books to the children starting with Ten Apples Up On Top where she had the children count the apples on each animal’s head with her.

Dr. Seuss books were originally created to help children get interested in reading, and Bagley believes that’s exactly what they do.

“They are easy to understand and Dr. Seuss uses a lot of rhyming words which is important for the children to learn,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll read to them and I’ll leave out the rhyming words and point to them, and they will all chime in with the rhyming word.”

“Some of the books are very easy to read but he has all levels of reading,” Bagley continued. “They are quite interesting.”

Children’s Librarian Kim Carr also added that Dr. Seuss teaches important life-lessons.

“The stories are fun, they are educational,” said Carr. “Dr. Seuss addresses the environment, and any number of other topics.”

The celebration of Dr. Seuss continued throughout the day with a Dr. Seuss birthday cake, crafts, games, and coloring pages.

The community is also invited to continue the celebration through Saturday where the Brumback will be hosting “Silly Saturday,” a day full of silly fun and games. The Brumback Library is open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.