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Happy Belated Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

I hope it’s not too late but this celebrated author and illustrator deserves a birthday shout out.  For those who don’t know, Dr. Seuss’ birthday was last Sunday, March 2nd.  We all know Dr. Seuss as the man behind the famous children’s book series with well-known titles such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Lorax.  But there was a lot more to him than just children’s books.  In other words, here’s a list of interesting facts of the author we call Dr. Seuss:

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  • Dr. Seuss’ actual name was Theodore Seuss Geisel.
  • His works have spawned numerous adaptations, including television specials, feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.
  • Geisel’s birthday, March 2nd, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
  • Although he received numerous awards throughout his career, Geisel never won the Caldecott Medal or Newbery Medal.  
  • Geisel’s figures are often rounded and somewhat droopy. This is true, for instance, of the faces of the Grinch and of the Cat in the Hat.  Almost all the buildings and machinery that Geisel drew were devoid of straight lines, even when he was representing real objects. For example, If I Ran the Circus includes a droopy hoisting crane and a droopy steam Calliope.
  • He was a perfectionist in his work and would sometimes spend up to a year on a book. It was not uncommon for him to throw out 95% of his material until he settled on a theme for his book. For a writer he was unusual in that he preferred to be paid only after he finished his work rather than in advance.
  • Getting the first book that he both wrote and illustrated, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, published, however, required a great degree of persistence – it was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press.

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Want more Seuss?  You didn’t even have to ask!  The Buena Park Library has got you covered.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Dr. Seuss

Another Candle on the Cake!

What do the following words have in common?

Choose one answer:
A. All are nicknames of retired/nonliving NBA greats.
B. All are names of Denzel Washington’s four dogs.
C. All are banned from utterance on the island of Bora Bora.
D. All are words popularized by the late, the great Mr. William Shakespeare.

If you guessed answer choice D, then give yourself a high five because you are correct! Where would we be without Mr. Shakespeare? We wouldn’t even know what to call that round thing in our eyes!

Mr. Shakespeare turned 449 years old this week, so let’s give him the gift of our gratitude: thank you for giving us so many useful, necessary English words. And congratulations on another candle on the cake!


Why Yes, This Is Relevant to My Interests

Well, it’s Tuesday – and Tuesday has basically become our Monday here at the library – so, to shake off the Monday (Tuesday) blues, here’s some fun stuff to look at…

Did you know yesterday was William Shakespeare’s birthday (sort of )?

Check out (ha!) these amazing bookmobiles from around the world.

Ever dreamed of being the hero or heroine of your favorite classic book?  Well, now your dream can come true!

Get some truly horrific dating advice from H.P. Lovecraft.

In case you were wondering, George R.R. Martin is not a fan of your Game of Thrones fan-fiction.

But then again, you probably shouldn’t let that discourage you – you might be working on a future masterpiece that the world just isn’t ready for yet!

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Birthday John Muir

Born on April 21, 1838 in Dunbar, Scotland, John Muir was one of America’s most famous naturalists and conservationists. He explored and wrote about California’s Sierra mountain range and his adventures in Alaska. His writings stressed the importance of preserving the natural heritage of the country and contributed to the founding of the National Parks system. In 1892, he and other supporters, founded the Sierra Club. For more information about the man, see the John Muir Exhibit at the Sierra Club website.

The Buena Park Library owns the 100th anniversary illustrated edition of “My First Summer in the Sierra”. Illustrated with stunning photographs by Scot Miller and sketches by John Muir, it is worth revisiting this classic nature journal. You can check out the book trailer here.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday!

It’s no coincidence that this day was chosen for the premiere of the movie adaptation of his beloved book, The Lorax.  And it’s no wonder that The Lorax is the showcase book for this year’s Read Across America Day.

Check out these heartwarming and inspiring quotes from the man himself at Thinkexist.

Flavorwire has an entertaining article highlighting iconic Seuss characters and ranking them from best to worst.

And did you know there is a Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Gardenin Springfield, Massachusetts?  Well now you do and you can plan your next family vacation accordingly!

Happy Birthday John Steinbeck!

Here’s a birthday shout out to John Steinbeck, who was born on February 27, 1902.  Steinbeck was a famous American writer widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Grapes of Wrath (1939) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937).  Both were transformed into critically acclaimed feature films later on.  The Buena Park Library District’s catalog has a wide variety of Steinbeck material here.

And though Steinbeck died on December 20, 1968, his legacy lives on at the National Steinbeck Center and the John Steinbeck exhibit at The California Museum.