This past Thursday, March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday and had he been alive, he would have been 113.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, more popularly known as Dr. Seuss, was a writer, poet and cartoonist. He was however, best known as a children’s author and released 46 books for them. He was also an illustrator for advertising campaigns and a political cartoonist during the Second World War.
The Stettler Public Library celebrated Dr. Seuss Day on Saturday through cooking sessions and made Dr. Seuss book-inspired appetizers, like Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Pink Ink Yink Drink.
“We had a lot of fun as the kids or rather chefs who participated made wonderful creations with grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese strings, hard boiled eggs, ham slices, strawberry/four berry yoghurt smoothies,” said Elaine Hoekstra, program manager. “The chefs peeled eggs for the first time. Some chefs didn’t like eggs but made the green eggs for a sibling who liked eggs. When the eggs were not perfect, they appreciated non-perfection and rolled with it.”
Hoekstra said that some who had mentioned that they didn’t like eggs very much, ate their share of the dishes.
“The favourite appetizer was the Pink Ink Yink drink,” Hoekstra added. “The chefs enjoyed using the blender to create smoothies for themselves, parents, and library staff.”
According to Hoekstra, Dr. Seuss Day is celebrated by libraries, schools and/or any organization that celebrates reading.
“This cooking club event was to add fun and whimsy into the menu, much like Dr. Seuss infused into his writing,” Hoekstra explained. “I consider cooking to be an essential life skill that everyone should be able to access. Cooking is a creative art form that allows children, and adults alike, to create healthy food that is fun.”
Hoekstra said that the food they made brought back memories for the adults, as they remembered reading Dr. Seuss’ books when they were kids, as well as being parents, reading out to their children.
The Stettler Public Library is not only a place to read, but has become a wonderful centre for activities in the community, where people can engage in all sorts of fun activities.
This week the library has events on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10, during the Teachers’ Convention. On Thursday, at 1:30 p.m. children can come and try different flavours of popcorn and then stay back for the Afternoon with Darlene program at 3:30 p.m.
On Friday, the library will be showing Storks at 2 p.m.
For children aged 0-5 years old, Read and Rhyme will be hosted both days at 10:30 a.m.