WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Alfred H. Baumann Public Library held its annual "Read Across America" program on March 2. It marked the tenth year the library has hosted the event, in honor of Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel's birthday, author of the beloved children's books, who wrote under his pen name, Dr. Seuss.
The event was held at the municipal council chambers. Linda Hoffman, library director, welcomed attendees and spoke of the importance of promoting literacy in the community.
"It's hard to believe it has been 10 years of celebrating one of my favorite authors and spreading the joy of literacy! It never gets old," said Hoffman.
On hand for the festivities was Mayor Keith Kazmark and Council President Gary Holloway. Also present was Dr. Michele Pillari, superintendent of schools, and Little Falls Councilwoman Maria Martini Cordonnier.
Kazmark and Pillari read "The Foot Book" to over 300 attendees, many of them students from the local school district. While they read, Allie Steiger, children's librarian, animated many of the physical actions of the book's story line, which amused the children in the audience. A special presentation was given by the Passaic Valley Rotary Club, including a special guest performance by Alex and the Kaleidescope, which got everyone up and moving to the music and lyrics.
Kazmark spoke afterwards.
"It's a great community even that the library puts together each year," he said. "Not only is it a fun experience for children that participate but it continues to promote literacy in our community."