During a celebration of Dr. Seuss at Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy, Olivia Satterwhite was thrilled to announce that she can read “Green Eggs and Ham” all by herself.
The 5-year-old also got to eat green eggs and ham during the celebration on Saturday, March 3.
But it was “Miss Jan” (Jan Betty), the youth services coordinator at Milanof-Schock Library, who did the reading this time.
The library was celebrating the 114th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ birth, which was the day before. The author — born Theodor Seuss Geisel — of course, wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” and so many more books for children.
It’s an occasion for many libraries across the country to celebrate reading and do a little fun fundraising.
Tickets to the “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast which was sold out, were $4 for kids and $7 for adults.
“The Kiwanis and Key clubs provided volunteers, and local grocery stores provided the food,” said Barbara Basile, executive director of the library. “That included 15 dozen eggs.”
And some green food coloring, though regular yellow eggs were available too.
Miss Jan read “Green Eggs and Ham” and another Dr. Seuss book, “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?,” which, like “Green Eggs and Ham,” became a participatory reading experience, with the dozens of Dr. Seuss’s most famous characters, The Cat in the Hat, who made a special appearance.
“Dr. Seuss makes reading fun,” said Kristin Zeigler, of Mount Joy, Olivia’s mother. “I love the rhyming.”
So does Miss Jan, who rhymed the entire morning as she talked to the kids.
As much as parents and grandparents raved about Dr. Seuss, they also came to see Miss Jan in action.
“She is amazing,” said Julina Greineder, of Mount Joy, who brought her daughter, Charlotte, 5, to the breakfast. “She left for a while, and it just wasn’t the same. We’re glad she came back.”
“She is such a good storyteller,” said Nancy Keefer, of Maytown, who brought her grandchildren, including Emma Savage, 8, and Jude Savage, 6.
Jude is such a big fan he planted himself right by the library door so he would be the first one in when the doors opened at 9 a.m.
“Our dad reads us ‘The Grinch’ every Christmas,” Emma said. “I like that I can do this with my family. We go every year.”
And Keefer makes green eggs when the grandkids ask on “Nana day.”
“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” is a nightly routine for 1 1/2-year-old Avery Montgomery, according to her mom and dad, Aubrey and Brian Montgomery, of Mount Joy.
“She likes the rhymes and the pictures and the colors,” Aubrey Montgomery said. “She’s memorized enough of the book so she can point to a picture and say the words.”
“Dr. Seuss books are fun to read,” Brian Montgomery said. “They aren’t dated.”
Indeed, considering that “Green Eggs and Ham,” which is his bestselling book, was written in 1960, most everyone at the library grew up reading Dr. Seuss too.
As for the actual green eggs and ham, Avery was not a fan. She chose to eat yellow eggs instead.