Mary Ann Molinas head librarian at the Tucumcari Public Library, said one of the most popular birthdays of the years will soon be taking place.
According to Molinas, the Tucumcari Library will be helping the children of Tucumcari Elementary School celebrate the birthday of Theodore Giessel, better known at Dr. Seuss on March 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.
“He’s one of the most popular authors of children’s books ever,” said Molinas, not just here but around the world.”
But in Tucumcari, the children’s book author, who died just over a decade ago, is especially popular. Molinas said last year the evening celebration of Seuss’ birthday brought out 275 children from the elementary school out to honor the creator of The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch who Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who”.
“And this year we are hoping for about the same amount,” said Molinas
According to Molinas one of the big reasons that the event is held in the elementary school cafeteria is that too many children attend for it to be at the library.
“Our limit is about 88” said Molinas.
In fact, the library director said the elementary school children will be drawing birthday cards for the children’s book author which will be on display in the library following the birthday celebration and will be winning cash awards for their drawings.
Molinas said the elementary school teachers were informed of the contest on Feb. 13 and the deadline for entries will be Feb. 26 so winner can be awarded their prizes of $10, $5 and $3. on the day of the celebration. Tucumcari General Insurance, Tucumcari Savings and Loan and El Toro Cafe donated the cash prizes which amount to $126. In addition to the awarding of the monetary prizes on March 2, there will be storytellers, face painting by the Tucumcari High School Cheerleaders, and refreshments served by the Altrusa Organization. The Tucumcari Librarian said there will also be door prizes of books and Cat in the Hat hats and in addition, all children attending will receive special book marks.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Molinas.