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Events celebrate annual Dr. Seuss read aloud day

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LA JOLLA (CNS/CBS 8) - The 107th anniversary of the birth of children's book author Ted Geisel -- Dr. Seuss -- was celebrated Wednesday with a pair of events.

Just before noon, a party was scheduled in front of the Geisel Library at UC San Diego. 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 was held at the Oceanside Public Library Wednesday afternoon.

News 8 reporter Jeff Zevely was also invited to read to a first grade class at Ross Elementary which made his mother proud. Jeff's mother was a librarian in San Diego County for 33, years.

Back in the 1970's, Sandy Zevely (who now goes by the name Sandy Stevens) traveled from school to school in a mobile media van. Children lined up with great excitement to meet her and spend time on the van equipped with hundreds of books. Sandy Zevely performed book readings and puppet shows. But more than anything, Sandra Zevely said the students loved meeting famous authors like Clyde Robert Bulla and Judy Blume.

"It was a great career, a wonderful career. I had a lovely time," Sandy said..

In fact her 33 years of service haven't been forgotten.

"Yes I remember Sandy," said Joyce Dirksen pf Ross Elementary said.

Dirksen added young students always appreciate a good story.

"Oh yes tremendously. They always love having outside visitors," she said.

Information contributed by News 8 Reporter Jeff Zevely.


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