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Firefighters help children celebrate Seuss

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Andrew Blystra, left, Ernesto Hammer, center, and Harrison Blystra, right, don Dr. Seuss hats, at a reading event celebrating that author's 110th birthday, at the Fairfield Civic Center Library Wednesday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | March 06, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — The rhymes came fast in a Seussian spree, it was Seuss profuse at the library.

Fairfield firefighters led the Seuss-fest. They read to more than 40 children Wednesday afternoon at the downtown Fairfield library to mark the March 2 birthday of late Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss.

Meryl Ostrander of Vacaville came with her 4-year-old son Nolan. She said Nolan likes both firefighters and Dr. Seuss, making the library event a good afterschool surprise.

Nolan said his favorite Dr. Seuss book is “The Cat in the Hat.” But then he quickly said “Green Eggs and Ham” – choosing a favorite Seuss book is hard.

Meghan Brambila of Fairfield came with her stepsons, 5-year-old Caleb and 4-year-old Levi. She, too, liked the double-attraction of Seuss and firefighters.

“What boy doesn’t want to be a firefighter?” Brambila said.

Caleb and Levi both listed “Green Eggs and Ham” as their favorite Seuss book. Caleb took a lesson from it – don’t say you dislike types of food before trying them.

Children’s Librarian Sabine Salek said before the event that she hoped the children would appreciate the iconic Seuss characters. Having the firefighters there gives a sense of community and encourages the children to read, she said.

A library official asked the assembled children their favorite Seuss book. “Green Eggs and Ham” got the nod.

The firefighters didn’t come at the beginning. They were off on an emergency call involving a person who had to be taken to the hospital.

That only added to the event. After about 15 minutes, the firefighters made a dramatic entrance, parking next to the library in their fire truck. The children watched the arrival through a large window at the library meeting room.

Engineer Nicholas Eisan, Firefighter Bobby Weist and Capt. Mike Guerra entered the room. Eisan got things started by talking to the children about how to make a 911 call and how to stop, drop and roll.

Then Weist took an e-reader and started reading as the book pages were projected on a screen behind him. The afternoon’s first offering: “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Books about cats and the Zizzer-zazzer-zuzz; the Sneetches and Horton and Yuzz-a-ma-Tuzz.

Miss Fuddle-dee-Duddle and Thidwick the Moose; with one thing in common: they’re written by Seuss!

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Mall to host children’s reading event

  • Children in Solano County will come together from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Solano Town Center mall to celebrate the 16th annual Read Across America Day of the National Education Association. The event features members of the Fairfield-Suisun Teacher’s Association and mall staff, who will read to children. Call Jacquelyn Moultrie at 422-3600 for more information.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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