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A Bunch of Characters on Hand for Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration


SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Library was literally full of things on Saturday March 3rd.  There was Thing #1, Thing #2, “Cat and the Hat”, Lorax, Daisy Head Mayzie and a whole host of others as the South Plainfield Library held its annual “Read Across America” program celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

The Library’s multipurpose room was packed with children with one purpose. Listen to the Dr. Seuss stories, dance, eat birthday cake and have some fun.

The celebration highlights the need, to read, and celebrates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. 

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The day’s events included a number of distinguished, but disguised public officials that read to the 100+ strong children that were in attendance.  South Plainfield’s Mayor Anesh, was dressed as “Cat and the Hat” and read his namesake book. Council President Rob Bengivenga was dress as Sam I am, Councilman Derryck White was dressed as Lorax and Councilwoman Christine Faustini was dressed as Daisy Head Mayzie. Library Board President Cheryl Nagel-Smiley and past President Darlene Cullen were dressed as Thing #1 and Thing #2 while Library Board members Melissa Katsingris and Timothy McConville were Sally and the boy (Sally’s brother).

The Mayor, who seems to be a dead ringer for ‘Cat in the Hat’ was the biggest hit taking pictures and signing autographs. “This event I circle on my calendar each year because of the fun and enjoyment I get out of it,” said Mayor Anesh. “The children have a great time, but so do the adults. It is a great event and an initiative for reading.”

“I was thrilled to have such a great turnout for the event,” said South Plainfield Library Director Linda Hansen. “Each year this event gets bigger and bigger. I’d like to thank the “Friends of the Library” for once again sponsoring such a great day for South Plainfield’s future. I would like to extend a big thank you to Mayor Anesh and council members for their continued support of this event and former Councilman McConville. As well as a big thanks to our readers, Dan Rinaldi from Creative Kids Academy, Board Attorney Eric Aronowitz, Mayor Anesh, Councilwoman Faustini and Councilman Rob Bengivenga.”

The day ended with everyone eating Dr. Seuss’ birthday cake, and walking away with goodie-bags, balloons and a day’s worth of memories. Mayor Anesh also announced the Friends of the Library were having a membership drive and flyers were available for residents to join the Friends.  More information and the membership form is available by clicking this link –

Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904.  In 1925 he published his first cartoon under the pseudonym “Seuss.”  After his wife Helen learned she could not have children, Dr. Seuss decided to begin writing children’s books.  “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” his first, was published in 1937.

A year later Dr. Seuss wrote “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” the first book that showed the author’s interest in hats.  He followed it up in 1939 with “The King’s Stilts,” a story in which cats for the first time—but not the last—played a major role. 

But success wasn’t immediate.  Over the next few decades, Dr. Seuss wrote in his spare time while working in advertising, where he was successful writing ads for some of the giants in consumer products and retail.

Over the next few decades, Dr. Seuss continued to write books.  In 1954 he wrote one of his most famous, “Horton Hears a Woo.”  In 1957 he wrote two of his most famous, “The Cat in the Hat,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  Three years later he wrote another favorite, “Green Eggs and Ham.”

In 1966 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” hit TV screens, and over the next few years he wrote about a half-dozen more books, including “The Lorax” in 1971 and “Oh the Places You’ll Go” in 1990. 

Theodor Seuss Geisel died on September 24, 1991 and would have been 114 this year.  “Seuss wrote books that make people think and imagine,” said biographer Philip Nel.


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