Wednesday May 9, 2012

Seuss-Mania @ Mosman Library!!!

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Mosman Library was struck down by a serious case of Seuss-Mania during the April school holidays which saw kids from far and wide suffering mild to severe symptoms including laughing out loud, periods of creativity, imaginative outbursts and prolonged episodes of reading! What could possibly have brought on this terrible affliction you ask? Well let’s just say The National Year of Reading 2012 just may have had something to do with it.

Down in the children’s library we’ve been thinking hard about what kind of events to run during the National Year of Reading 2012 that truly reflect our love of reading and books, and after many a brainstorm found we could not go past a celebration of Dr Seuss. He’s everybody’s favourite children’s writer both young and old and I don’t know of any reader who hasn’t been touched by his wacky, fun and rhythmic books. ”Oh the Places you’ll Go”, “Cat in the Hat”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, just to name a few of our all time favourites. In fact we decided we loved Dr Seuss so much that we chose to dedicate a whole school holiday program him. So over the 2 weeks we ran a series of activities based on Dr Seuss which of course tied in perfectly with the film release of The Lorax.

Cat in the hat-making!

Craft workshops included a make your own “Cat in the Hat” hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 hand puppets as well as finger puppets and pencil toppers for the tweens. Lots of Seussical fun was had and the kids got to take home their very own Seuss creations. Our cartooning workshop run by the amazing people at Cartoon Kingdom attracted over 30 children. Our young comedians in the making were taught how to draw their own cartoons and then make their very own funny cartoon strip.

Cartoon Character Comp: Chris & "Stink-a-lot"

The stand out event however was our Dr Seuss Cartoon Character drawing competition where we invited kids to draw their very own Dr Seuss character and give it a name. What fun! Over 100 entries were received which far exceeded our expectations and made the job of picking a winner a tough one. All the entries were so clever and creative but in the end we settled on two winners, one for each age category. Local Mosman children Chris (age 6) and Phoebe (age 11) proudly accepted their prize packs which included books and “The Lorax” movie poster. Their winning entries were “Stink-a-lot” and “Aquomo”. Well done kids!

Seuss-Mania was one of our most successful school holiday programs ever but the program would not have been possible without the books themselves. So thank you Dr Seuss for your timeless classics that have ignited the reading bug in many a child and will continue to do so well into the future. It is a relief to see that the love of reading is alive and well amongst our youngsters which makes the job of children’s librarian very rewarding indeed. Now back to cleaning up that large pile of books on the floor …… SEUSS!

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