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Dr. Seuss knew the fact reading is never old hat
Ruthanne Basset talks about Dr. Seuss during Wednesday’s “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!” to mark Celebrate Read Across America. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Ruthanne Bassett spent part of the Wednesday reading aloud some of the easy reading books and making Oobleck at the Manteca Branch Library.

Oobleck is that liquid substance made from corn starch. The green goo was made popular from the Dr. Seuss book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

Bassett, who is the library assistant of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library branch, entertained the children of all ages – about 70 or so – during the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration promoting literacy by encouraging youngsters to read.

Theodor S. Geisel, who was better known as Dr. Seuss, was born on the day of the event, March 2, 1904.

“Dr. Seuss was all about fun,” said Bassett. “But you usually learned something (in the process).”

After reading “Bartholomew and the Oobleck,” she then showed youngsters how to make the gooey green substance.

Some took part in games and activities, including tic-tac-toe, building blocks, bean bag toss, and board games.

The event made possible by Friends of the Manteca Library was more about the books.

The folks of 4-year-olds Johanna Zambrano and Ximena Chipres heard about the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration during recent visits to the library. The two girls marked the occasion by wearing cardboard-replicas of the red and white stovepipe hats made famous by the Cat in the Hat.

Bassett promoted the easy readers, including some of the Dr. Seuss and Dr. Seuss-endorsed books.

But one of her personal favorites is “There Is a Bird on Your Head!”

She added, “It’s not Dr. Seuss but it is an award-winning book.”

Earlier in the day, Bassett also read “There is a Bird on Your Head” to youngsters at the Kaiser Permanente Manteca Medical Center’s pediatric care.

In addition, she read the “The Foot Book” and played games – “head-shoulders-knee-toes” and “ram-sam-sam, wooley-wooley’ – with the group of youngsters at the library located at 302 W. Center St., Manteca.