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Mar 2 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

by Joseph M

When I was a kid, one of my favorite authors was Dr. Seuss. I’m not sure I could decide on a favorite book, but If I Ran The Circus and If I Ran The Zoo were among my favorites. I was really into all the crazy animals! At first it was just my mom reading the books to me, but eventually I picked up the habit myself. As I grew older and my taste in books expanded to offerings with more text, I retained my fondness for Seuss, and gradually began to appreciate his work on a deeper level; my parents even got me a copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go when I graduated from high school. The gift was appropriate because there is meaning to be gleaned beyond the wacky rhymes and fanciful illustrations. Books like The Lorax and The Butter Battle Book depict concepts like environmentalism and the arms race in a manner that children can understand and absorb.

March 2nd is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. In honor of this iconic author, the National Education Association (NEA) has established March 2nd as Read Across America day. Visit the website to learn more and find out how you can participate.

There are many programs at the Library to celebrate this event as well:

Can’t get enough Dr. Seuss? Take a gander at our catalog and see what you can find. You can also visit Seussville for more information, fun activities and events, and other resources. Have fun!


Jan 19 2011

Hello Dolly

by Joseph M

Dolly Parton, who has been called “the Queen of Country Music”, turns 65 today. While best known as a singer/songwriter, Dolly has also garnered success and popular acclaim in other areas including acting, writing, business, and philanthropy. The library has a wide variety of materials by and about this American icon, including:

The Best of Dolly Parton – one of several greatest hits collections.

Dolly : my life and other unfinished business – an autobiography.

9 to 5 – a delightful film classic.

And with this prolific diva, there’s lots more where that came from from. Just type Dolly Parton into the catalog and see what pops up!

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Sep 16 2009

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl

by Nancy M

fantastic-foxSeptember is Celebrate Roald Dahl Month (well, according to the Roald Dahl website, at least) as September 13 marked what would have been his 93rd birthday. Dahl is known for his quirky and imaginative books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. A few of his books have been adapted into animated and live action films and love or hate these movie remakes, there is another one on its way.

Fantastic Mr. Fox has been made into a stop-motion animated feature film written and produced by my all-time favorite filmmaker, Wes Anderson of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums fame. The film enlists an all-star cast and I have to say, it looks pretty great. You can watch the trailer here. Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my favorite Dahl books and it will definitely require a reread before the movie comes out.

By the way, here is an interesting fact that you may or may not know: Roald Dahl wrote the screenplays for both of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Bond You Only Live Twice. You can read more fun facts in the Roald Dahl biography, D is for Dahl: A Gloriumptous A-Z Guide to the World of Roald Dahl.

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Oct 18 2007

Happy Birthday to…

by Jimmy L

Terry McMillan
, author of Waiting to Exhale, Disappearing Acts, The Interruption of Everything, and much more, was born 56 years ago today in Port Huron Michigan.  She currently lives in northern California with her family. Read an interview with McMillan, or visit her homepage.

Ntozake Shange
was also born on this day 59 years ago in Trenton, New Jersey.  Born Paulette Williams, she changed her name to Ntozake which means “she who comes with her own things” and Shange which means “who walks like a lion”.  Even at an early age, she was an avid reader of great writers including Jean Genet, Herman Melville, and Langston HughesIn 1975, Shange moved to New York City, where she wrote her first and most well-known play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.  From off-Broadway to Broadway, the play was a hit and won many awards.  She has since written more plays, poetry (From Okra to Greens) and novels (Liliane: resurrection of the daughter, If I can cook/you know God can).  To see a complete list of her books available at the library, click here.


Other people born today include: musician Chuck Berry, German actor Klaus Kinski, Vietnamese writer Bảo Ninh and American writer Rick Moody.

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