Children, adults celebrate Dr. Seuss at local book store

JOHNSTOWN – Children and adults gathered at Mysteries on Main Street on Saturday to hear readings of ageless books written by Dr. Seuss. They also made crafts related to the stories.

It was all in recognition of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which was Saturday. The author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, died in 1991.

The Mysteries on Main Street staff offer the annual celebration in an effort to promote reading to children. Saturday, they hosted more than 35 children at the store.

“We have a lot of fun,” said store owner Priscilla Mitchell. “It brings in a lot of children, and they all seem to have a good time.”

Mitchell said the store chooses two different books every year to read to the guests. This year, the store chose “The Cat in the Hat” and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.”

“I think Dr. Seuss’ work is a real classic literature,” said staff member Patty Locatelli. “His illustrations are amazing. There’s a lot behind the messages of his books. I had a lot of adult fans who came in and bought his books because they love it so much. When you tell a really good story, people are going to come back to it over and over again.”

Mitchell said she still enjoys reading Dr. Seuss’ books herself.

“They’re fun to read because they rhyme. And it teaches children something about rhyming and encourages them to read,” she said.

Mitchell said encouraging children to read is the most important aspect of the annual event, which the store has offered for the last five years.

Northville librarian Shannon Robare said Dr. Seuss’ books are different than most books.

“He’s ageless and he’s fun to read,” Robare said. “It’s not school work. It’s something fun to do and it relates to everyone.”

Robare was a reader at Saturday’s event.

Mitchell said the crafts and readings of the two books further encourage the children to read by allowing them to interact with the stories.

The children colored and assembled Cat in the Hat-style hats during Saturday’s event.