Some three dozen kids, parents and guests gathered in the Northumberland Public Library to hold a belated birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss on Wednesday March 11. The event, originally scheduled for March 4, was delayed by the recent bout of bad weather that brought snow and ice to the area.
The hour-long event featured an appearance by the Cat in the Hat ( played by Rives Hardy, a member of the library’s Board of Trustees). He arrived to chants of “Where’s that Cat?” led by Jan Bates, the library’s Coordinator of Children’s Programs. After the Cat in the Hat shook hands with kids in the audience, he and Bates read several Dr. Seuss books to them.
As is customary with the library’s Story Hour events, the reading was followed by a craft. Each child made a paper version of the Cat in the Hat’s distinctive red headgear with white stripes. Then they followed their feline guest as he led a parade through the library, all the while singing, “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!”
A snack of fruit, juice, candy and a beautiful birthday cake donated by Food Lion came after the parade. The event concluded with the reading of one more Dr. Seuss book. But there was one more thing left: the kids had an opportunity for their parents to take a picture of them with The Cat in the Hat to commemorate the special celebration.