Events mark Dr. Seuss's birthday

Cat in the Hat (Geisel's alter ego) looks over his shoulder on the UCSD campus outside the Geisel Library. Photo: Susan DeMaggio
Cat in the Hat (Geisel's alter ego) looks over his shoulder on the UCSD campus outside the Geisel Library. Photo: Susan DeMaggio

City News Service

The 107th anniversary of the birth of children's book author Ted Geisel — Dr. Seuss — will be celebrated Wednesday with a pair of events.

Just before noon, a party will be held in front of the Geisel Library at UCSD. Geisel died 20 years ago.

Audrey Geisel, the widow of the man behind "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham'' and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," will cut the first of about 2,000 pieces of cake.

The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra will play songs from "The Cat in the Hat Songbook."

After the event, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will read "The Cat in the Hat" to children at Bay Park Elementary School in Clairemont as part of national "Read Across America Day."

Libraries at UCSD have received considerable financial support from the Geisels over the years, and the school's main library building took their name in 1995. The facility holds 10,000 original drawings, manuscripts and other memorabilia in its Dr. Seuss collection.

Another celebration of Geisel's birth will be held at the Oceanside Public Library at 3 p.m.

   
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