Every year schools, libraries, and literacy organizations honor the granddaddy of children’s literature, Dr. Seuss, with Read Across America Day on his birthday in early March. This month, Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and our partner organizations participated in two events throughout the month to celebrate literacy and engage children in reading.
On March 4, we were part of the South Jamaica Reads Dr. Seuss Event at South Jamaica Library. Eighty-seven children, 57 parents, and over 20 volunteers attended South Jamaica Reads’ Dr. Seuss Event at South Jamaica Library. Children heard classic Dr. Seuss books from Dennis Walcott, Queens Library President, and participated in arts and crafts activities. The celebration ended with the children singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss and birthday cake was given to all the families that attended.
On March 28, we participated in a Dr. Seuss Playdate at Arlington Library (pictured). Young children attended a playdate at Arlington Library sponsored by East New York Reads (both East New York Reads and South Jamaica Reads are made possible by The Pinkerton Foundation). Many activities were made available to the children, including a textured play-mat for crawling babies, softs toys for toddlers, and many arts and crafts projects that could be done at home. The Brooklyn Public Library also invited the dynamic rock educational band, Future Hits, which plays English and bilingual music to help young children learn opposites words, emotional expression and build their vocabulary.