The Lassen Library was in a full and dramatic overhaul Saturday, March 2, when they held their Dr. Seuss Birthday celebration. With staff and volunteers dressed in costume, the library was alive with the wonder and love of reading.
As a part of the library’s Family Literacy Program, workshops, such as this celebration, “are to encourage parents and their children, 5 and younger, to come in and learn some strategies for early literacy development,” said Kelly Kreiensieck, the adult literacy coordinator for the Lassen Library. Along with the program, Kreiensieck also teaches K-eighth-grade at Long Valley Charter.
Kreiensieck said the workshops, “teach strategies for literacy, not only in the sense of reading, but things like math and vocabulary; all of the umbrella of literacy. So we’re both trying to teach the parents and the children only how to best prepare for kindergarten, and that’s our main goal.”
On the first Saturday of every month, the library’s Family Literacy Program offers themed workshops such as this one.
Kreiensieck said, “at the end, the parents get books that they can reinforce strategies with their kids at home.”
Kreiensieck said her favorite part about this program is, “helping the community and really just giving the parents more support for the children entering into kindergarten or just with reading in general. I just think there can’t be enough support to help them with reading because it can be really difficult to teach reading, especially from early on … literacy really starts from day one.”
The library also runs their Adult Literacy Program in which offers GED preparatory classes, functional literacy from basic reading all the all the way to advanced reading and also subjects like the reading of food labels.
The celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday was just one such workshop. The celebration included readings of Dr. Seuss books, picture coloring, prizes, giveaways (Dr. Seuss themed) and, of course, cupcakes – lots of cupcakes.