By Carmen Pena
Over the decades, the joy Dr. Seuss has brought upon kids, and even the big kids, has remained the same. Adorable, wide eyed children sitting on the laps of loved ones, soft chants of rhymes after rhymes, craft supplies sprawled out on the table in front of them was the sight you would’ve seen if you went to the Celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday at the Humboldt County Library in Eureka in the Storytime Room.
Off and on for 10 years KEET, Eureka’s PBS member public broadcasting station, and the Humboldt County Library have been putting on events in honor of Dr. Seuss birthday, according to Ready To Learn KEET coordinator Jackie Hamilton. KEET puts on engaging, educational events about fifteen times a month. KEET gets its federal funding through CPB, the money is used towards their broadcasting network and community events such as the Dr. Seuss celebrations.
Cute events like such are in trouble though. KEET has a minimum of non-federal funding support of $800,000 that must be met in order to continue getting support from CPBS. The minimum has never been met and waivers have been given every year. The station has been put on notice and if they fail to meet their minimum, their funding will be cut. $250,000 will be lost and it will be difficult for community events to exist.
At the Dr. Seuss event a room full of children did various activities. One of the events included watching classic videos like “Cat in The Hat” and “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” These videos were viewed using the Learning Triangle method. The Learning Triangle is a method where children watch TV, turn it off to limit watching time, read about what they saw, and do activities relating to the video.
“This allows the kids to use all of their brain,” said Hamilton.
After the video screening and some read-a-louds, you could catch kids excitingly doing arts and crafts at tables set up in the back of the room. Autumn Hudgens, a six-year-old attendee, proudly wearing her Thing #1 headband, was one of the many children participating with the supervision of her father Bryan Hudgens.
“We always enjoy reading Dr. Seuss at home,” said the 43-year-old father.
Autumn was constructing and coloring a candle to put on a birthday cake she made herself out of a mini paper plate for Dr. Seuss. She then talked about how he participated in other Dr. Seuss inspired event at her elementary school.
“Guess what we had for lunch because of his birthday?” said Autumn, with an adorable sly grin. “Green eggs and ham! They were really good.”