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Carlsbad library dedicates March to reading across America

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad City Library brimmed with excited children for storytelling and treats to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and “Read Across America Month” on March 2. Nearly 70 guests nestled inside the Gowland Meeting Room for some literary fun.The whole month of March will be filled with Friday festivities for children to highlight the world of reading and the joy it can bring.“Read Across America is a national event with the goal of motivating children and teens to read and Carlsbad City Library is proud to join thousands of libraries, schools and community centers across the country in this reading celebration launched by the National Education Association 15 years ago,” said Jessica Padilla Bowen, community relations manager for Carlsbad City Library. “It’s marked by beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 so it has become a combined celebration.”And a celebration it was.

The Jordan sisters help Carlsbad Councilmember Keith Blackburn read “Hop on Pop” at Carlsbad City Library’s Dr. Seuss Birthday and Read Across America Celebration. Photo by Kelly Gilfillen
Carlsbad Mayor Pro Tem Ann Kulchin and Councilmember Keith Blackburn cracked open a Dr. Seuss book for some story time. Kulchin was all smiles reading “Green Eggs and Ham,” while Blackburn had fun delivering clever lines from “Hop on Pop.”

“’The Cat in the Hat’ was a popular guest as well and we all enjoyed a slice of Dr. Seuss’ birthday cake,” Bowen said.

For those who were unable to attend the March 2 celebration, there are more free-of-charge story time Fridays on the calendar. Carlsbad City Library decided to celebrate all month, Bowen said, because they enjoy sharing the love of reading as much as possible.

And with those story time Fridays come more handpicked readers.

“We’ll host other special guests including City of Carlsbad’s Parks & Recreation Director Chris Hazeltine and Fire Chief Kevin Crawford,” Bowen said. “Other city of Carlsbad staff will serve as readers as well and kids and their families can enjoy refreshments and different stories each week.”

People of all ages are invited to attend.

Bowen pointed out that even in a world of technology a child still has an innate passion for stories and hearing books read aloud is always entertaining for them.

“We can explore new places, cultures and ideas,” she said. “It’s a wonderful way to increase creativity and the power of imagination while enhancing listening skills and verbal proficiency.”

And taking part in “Read Across America” is one way to expose kids to this.

Bowen said there is a clear connection between kids reading or being read to and their performance in school; because of this, it’s important that staff foster a love of reading.

The city of Carlsbad supports the National Education Association’s goal in creating a nation of readers.

“It fits with the library’s vision to be a destination for information, enjoyment of reading, lifelong learning and cultural enrichment,” Bowen said.

Future Friday storytimes are scheduled for March 16, March 23 and March 30 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Depending on the weather, the March 16 event may take place in the Children’s Storywell or the Children’s Garden. All other reading dates will be inside the Carlsbad City Library’s Gowland Meeting Room. The Carlsbad City Library is at 1775 Dove Lane.

For any questions, Bowen invites parents to call the Children’s Desk at (760) 602-2047.

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