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North Berwyn Park District to host Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 10:49 a.m. CDT

BERWYN – The North Berwyn Park District is hosting a birthday bash honoring Dr. Seuss and National Read Across America Day by teaching kids the importance of literacy at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Berwyn Park District Community Center, 1619 Wesley Ave.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children will be kept busy with crafts, readings and taking photos with The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2.

All children will be encouraged to take a reading oath and fun crafts and treats will be part of the celebration.

According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, the average American reads at a seventh or eighth grade level and 1 in 7 adults have such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children’s picture book.

The National Education Association’s goal is to build a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 17th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources

NEA’s Read Across America Day, NEA’s national reading celebration, takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

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