Libraries join in Read Across America Day

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Forty-five million children and adults are expected to pick up a book Tuesday to celebrate the birthday of late children's author Dr. Seuss.

Hundreds of those readers will select books from their local libraries right here in Gwinnett as the Gwinnett County Public Library joins in the celebration of the 13th annual Read Across America Day.

"Every year on Read Across America Day, the imaginations of children across the country are ignited when they open up a good book," said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel.

NEA started the program in 1998 to encourage reading based on research that shows that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

"As millions of people across the country get ready to curl up with a good book on March 2, we are reminded why our program is so special." Van Roekel said, "It makes reading fun."

GCPL will host a Read-A-Thon and pay tribute to the work of Dr. Seuss on Tuesday inviting Gwinnett residents to add their names to "Cat in the Hat" displays for each book they read. Story times are planned at each of the 11 library branches, along with games and activities. Special guest readers will also be on hand to share their storytelling talents.

The following is a schedule of events and activities planned for each branch.

* Dacula branch -- Story times at the top of the hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a special Doggie Tales story time at 5

* Mountain Park branch -- Dr. Seuss-themed games, activities and stories at 10:15 and 11 a.m.

* Duluth branch -- At 10:30 a.m. special guest readers will share Dr. Seuss stories

* Grayson branch -- At 11 a.m. special guest readers from the Grayson Fire Department will share their favorite stories

* Lawrenceville branch -- Story times at the top of the hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as stories and activities in the children's area throughout the day

* Peachtree Corners branch -- 11 a.m. -- A "Readers in Uniform" story time with guest readers from Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 4, the Gwinnett County Police Department and members of the U.S. Army

* Collins Hill branch -- At 1 p.m. a special story time with guest reader John Allerdice, a former library associate, is planned, followed by hourly story times with guest readers from the Mountain View High School PTSA Student Leadership Committee from 3 to 7 p.m.

* Five Forks branch -- A 4 p.m. story time with library associate John Roop and a 6 p.m. story time with Victoria Kidd, branch manager

* Norcross branch -- Special programs at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. with a story time in Spanish at 4

* Centerville branch -- Special story times at 5, 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m.

* Suwanee branch -- Dr. Seuss-themed story times, a scavenger hunt and games and activities at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

"Oh, the places you will go, when you grab your hat and read with the Cat," said Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, executive director of GCPL. "This is an event no one should miss!"

For more information on GCPL's Read-A-Thon, call 770-978-5154 or visit www.gwinnettpl.org.