Yesterday, March 2, would have been Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 110th birthday. The popular children’s writer, known better to most of the world as Dr. Seuss, was simply “Ted” to his family and friends.
According to the Seussville website, some say he went by Dr. Seuss because he was reserving his name for his first “Great American Novel,” though others know better.
“During his senior year at Dartmouth College, Ted Geisel and nine of his friends were caught drinking gin in his room,” said the site. “This was the spring of 1925, and the dean put them all on probation for violating the laws of Prohibition.”
To conceal the identity, he continued writing for the college’s humor magazine under the Seuss. His famed cartoons were later signed “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss” in a comical pseudonym, but later shortened to “Dr. Seuss,” even though he never had a formal Ph. D., according to the site.
The students of Methacton School District’s elementary schools are celebrating the writing of the doctor by reading the stories, dressing up in fun outfits and wearing their silliest of hats, despite the district’s two-hour delay.
At Woodland Elementary, for example, third grade students were permitted to wear their pajamas to class, while kindergarteners could bring a silly hat, dress in a “goofy” outfit or wear their favorite Dr. Seuss shirts.
If you’d like to find a way to celebrate the works of Dr. Seuss, why not stop by the Lower Providence Community Library for a story time. Those age infant to 2 are welcome on Mondays and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., while those age 2 and 3 may come at 11:15 a.m. Parents are required to stay with those 3 and under while stories are read.
On Thursdays, at both 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., those age 4 and over are welcome, and parents must remain in the library, but do not have to stay in the story room.
On Saturdays, those infant to 3 come at 10:30 a.m., while a 4 and over story time runs at 11:15 a.m.
For more on the story times and other children’s special events at the library, visit the LPCL website here.