UCSD to host Dr. Seuss birthday bash on Friday

The University of California, San Diego campus is making preparations for one of its favorite events — the annual birthday celebration to pay homage to the campus’s most beloved icon, Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), also known as Dr. Seuss.

He would be 108 this year.

The party, which is open to Dr. Seuss fans both on and off campus, will be held at 11:50 a.m., Friday, March 2, at the foot of Library Walk in front of Geisel Library, named in 1995 for Theodor Geisel and his wife, Audrey.

Guests will be greeted by a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat, and receive free punch and cake — some 2,000 pieces of cake will be served to mark the occasion.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday also coincides with the release of “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” a feature film by Universal Pictures, a 3D adaptation (from the creators of “Despicable Me”) of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope.

UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, Brian E.C. Schottlaender, will be on hand to dole out slices of cake and greet attendees. Musical entertainment will be provided by The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, directed by the Libraries’ Scott Paulson, which will be playing songs from “The Cat in the Hat Songbook.”

In addition to the birthday party, an exhibit of materials from the Dr. Seuss Collection will be on view through March 9 in Geisel Library.

UC San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library is the world’s main repository for the original works of Dr. Seuss. The approximately 10,000 items in the Dr. Seuss collection, which includes original drawings, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia, document the full range of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s creative achievements, beginning in 1919 with his high school activities and ending with his death in 1991.

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