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Dr. Seuss day at city library a success 

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the Paso Robles City Library hosted a Seussical celebration on Monday. Families were invited to visit the library and join the fun to honor Dr. Seuss and his many beloved children’s books and characters.

Mayor Martin read to a packed house of children and adults on Monday

Mayor Martin read to a packed house of children and adults on Monday

Martin began with a spirited rendition of Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” After sharing the story, the Mayor took time to answer a few questions from the children. Inquiries ranged from “Have you met the President?” to “Why do you want to be the Mayor?” to which Martin responded with, “because I want to make a difference in the place where I live.”

Close to 150 adults and children took part in the celebration honoring of one of the most beloved children’s authors, according to Children’s Librarian Heather Stephenson. Martin was joined by other community leaders including City of Paso Robles Fire Chief Ken Johnson, Director of Library and Recreation Services Julie Dahlen, Marilu Gomez, school Readiness Coordinator for Georgia Brown Elementary School, and of course the Cat in the Hat.

Special programs throughout the day included:

• Special Seussical Pre-School Story Time : Families joined children’s librarian Heather Stephenson to celebrate many of Dr. Seuss’s most wacky and whimsical characters through books, songs, activities and crafts.

• Seuss-tastic Story Afternoon: Families gathered to hear favorite Dr. Seuss stories read aloud by community leaders including Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, Fire Chief Ken Johnson, Director of Library and Recreation Services Julie Dahlen, and enjoyed a bilingual story time with Marilu Gomez, the School Readiness Coordinator for Georgia Brown Elementary School.

• Make a Birthday Treat: In honor of the good doctor’s birthday, children joined the Cat in the Hat on the Library Patio to make a delicious Truffula Tree cupcake.

• Say Cheese: Attendees captured the fun in the Library photo booth by digging through a whimsical prop basket to find the perfect accessories for a picture in front of the Seuss-themed backdrop. Props like the Lorax mustache or blue hair like Thing One or Thing Two were among the choices.

Later this month, “marshmallow madness” will hit the Library once again with the return of the second annual all ages Peeps diorama contest in celebration of National Library Week. “The contest was so much fun last year that we’re expanding the contest theme and calling for a diorama depicting a favorite book or a famous work of art using only marshmallow Peeps as the characters,” Stephenson said. Entries will be accepted at the Library beginning Monday, March 23. Voting in all age categories will begin Monday, April 6th.

For more information about library programs and events, please call (805) 237-3870 or visit www.prcity.com/library. The Paso Robles City Library is located at 1000 Spring Street and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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