Children's “Seusstacular” Celebration Planned at T.W. Phillips Memorial Library

BETHANY, W.Va. — seuss.JPGThe T.W. Phillips Memorial Library in conjunction with the Bethany College Department of Education will hold a Children's “Seusstacular” Celebration from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

“Seusstacular” will feature games, skits, read-alouds, raffles and prizes for children, themed around classic Dr. Seuss stories.  The celebration is open to the public and will include a brief ceremony to commemorate the grand re-opening of the recently relocated Grace Ryland & William Henry Robinson Children's Library on the main floor of the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library.

Dr. Seuss, or Theodor Seuss Geisel, published 46 children's books throughout his life. His birthday on March 2 has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, which is an initiative created by the National Education Association.       

The Children’s Library, under the guidance of Heather Ricciuti, director of libraries and learning resources since 2009, has evolved from a small collection of children's materials to a fully renovated and redesigned children friendly environment on the main floor of the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library.

The Grace Ryland and William Henry Robinson Children’s Library was announced in 2007. Funding for the new library was given by the late Dr. Lynn Adkins and her husband Tom Lyons in honor of their grandchildren. Dr. Adkins served as a professor of education and social work and was the former chair of the teaching and social services department during her time at Bethany. The Grace Ryland and William Henry Robinson Children’s Library originally operated as a satellite library within the Judith R. Hurl Education Center. During the spring 2012 semester Ricciuti consulted with Toni Robinson, the daughter of Dr. Adkins, and the decision was made to move the collection back to the main library.

The “Seusstacular” event will serve as the official opening of the Children's Library and involve a variety of faculty, staff and student groups. Angela Icard, Assistant Professor of Reading Education and Ricciuti are working with Heather Holeva, a sophomore psychology major from McDonald, Pa. to host this event as part of Holeva’s Kalon Scholar project. 

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.