Many of us know that Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born and raised right here in Springfield, MA, and are familiar with his classic children’s books: The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, and over 50 others. With the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum on June 3rd, Geisel’s legacy is growing more than ever.
The Springfield City Library has a special relationship with Dr. Seuss’s books. Those of you who have visited the Children’s Room in the Central Library know that the unique design elements are taken directly from Geisel’s artwork. The nine Springfield City Library locations have nearly 300 Seuss-related items available for borrowing, from early readers to movies, from e-audiobooks to a songbook with piano scores. (For comparison, we have 209 Harry Potter-related items). And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was published in 1937; 80 years later, Seuss books are still wildly popular. Green Eggs and Ham was named #12 in School Library Journal’s list of Top 100 Picture Books, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go is a popular gift for new graduates every spring.
Here at the Springfield City Library, we’re celebrating the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum by adding an additional 200 Seuss books to the collection, in both English and Spanish. After visiting the museum, we encourage you to stop by the Central Library, enjoy our creative Seuss displays, visit the Seuss-inspired Children’s Room, and borrow copies of your favorite Seuss works. And be sure to look for us in the Cavalcade of Conveyances on June 3rd, proudly rolling a set of incredible Seussian book carts along the parade route.