Thursday, March 02, 2006

!Feliz cumpleanos, Dr. Seuss!

Many libraries across the US celebrate reading on March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to read with first graders and Pre-K students at the Metz Elementary School in East Austin. Librarian Don Bos organizes a week-long series of events for "Read Across America" that feature many community members reading in the school library and in classrooms. Today's featured readers included Elizabeth Polk (AISD Library Coordinator), members of the Travis County Sheriff's Office, Principal of a local high school, an iSchool student, the CEO of the Lone Star Council of Girl Scouts, parents, an iSchool librarian, other local librarians, Delia Q (an indigenous IT specialist from Ecuador), and myself. I read two picture book titles that are also well received by tribal school students: "My Big Dog" (Susan Stevens Crummel) and "The Dumb Bunnies Go To the Zoo" (Dav Pilkey). My friend, Delia Q read "Green Eggs and Ham" in Spanish to the pre-K class. One of the goals of Metz is "to produce fluent critical readers (in 2 languages)." The library has many titles in Spanish and bilingual signage flourishes. The children are bright, kind, and eager to learn.