This year the Chickasha Public Library is celebrating Read Across America Day Dr. Seuss’ birthday with an all day Read-a-Thon.
On March 2, 2020 Library Staff and community members will be reading Dr. Seuss books in the Library meeting room from 10:00 A.M.- 7:30 P.M. This is a come and go event for all ages and you are welcome to pop in as many times as you’d like to catch your favorite story (or three).
Read Across America Day is a project of the National Education Association and is held on the school day closest to Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He began writing during his student days at Dartmouth college for the college humor magazine, eventually becoming editor-in -chief. After he was asked to step down from his post he chose to submit work as Dr. Seuss. He graduated from Dartmouth and attended Lincoln College in Oxford with the intention of earning a degree in English literature. Geisel left England in 1927 and spent the next 10 years publishing political cartoons in national magazines and creating ad campaigns. During an Atlantic crossing in 1937 Geisel was inspired by the rhythm of the engines to write his first book, And to Think that I saw it on Mulberry Street. He wrote and published four more books before the outbreak of World War II. He used his writing and illustrating talents for the war effort by drawing posters for the Treasury Department and War Production Board. He also wrote and directed several training films.
After the war Geisel and his wife Helen moved to La Jolla, California where he took up children’s literature again. By the time of his death in 1991 he had written and published over 60 books. Several of his works have been adapted for television and movies.