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Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat!

What could possibly be a better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than reading? Not only do we celebrate the legendary Dr. Seuss‘s birthday, but we are also celebrating National Read Across America, and your hometown libraries are ready! Born on March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss would have marked his 109th birthday this year. Less known by his actual given name, Theodor Seuss Geisel, his 44 children’s books are natural classics in the genre which include such favorites as “The Cat in the Hat”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, "TheLorax", and “Green Eggs and Ham.” Celebrate any of Dr. Seuss’s wonderful tales of mischief and morality as we Read Across America today and give you the joy of reading and lifelong learning.  

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Poor Dick and Sally. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! Written by Dr. Seuss in 1957 in response to the concern to growing illiteracy among children, The Cat in the Hat changed the way our children learn how to read. This one is a cartoon classic. 

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MyLibrary2Go makes it quick and easy to access Pioneer Library System on the go! Search Pioneer Library System’s catalog, download items, manage your account, and find suggested reading instantly with your iOS device.

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PLS Presents: Mother Goose

children in circleAs children we all love to hear our favorite nursery rhyme. The Pioneer Public Library presents a podcast on Mother Goose read by Susan Lura from Norman Children's. Your hometown library encourages you to start reading to your children at a very young age.

Growing Like A Read (better known as GLAR) is a project of the Pioneer Library System that promotes brain development for literacy skills in children from birth through age 4 through reading, talking, playing and singing. So sit back and enjoy 7 minutes of your favorite Mother Goose nursery rhymes. This podcast will be sure to bring back sweet childhood memories.

Mother Goose read by Susan Lura from the Norman Children's Department

Click to listen to or download Mother Goose Rhymes read by Ms. Susan


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How the Whale Got His Throat

Humpback Whale jumpingWhales have been the main characters in legends and stories for centuries.  The majestic animals can be found throughout the world and are some of the largest mammals known to man. 

This month, the Norman children's department asked Father Alan Sutherland of St. Michael's Episcopal Church to share Rudyard Kipling's story about how the whale got its throat.  This is an interesting story about why many whales only eat krill, plankton and small fish even though they are such large animals.

If you would like to follow along, Just So Stories  by Rudyard Kipling is available as a book from the library or ebook from our OverDrive collection.

Read on to hear the story!

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How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

rhinocerosRudyard Kipling the author of "Just So Stories" created this book in 1902. "Just So Stories" is filled with stories about how different animals from around the world got different body parts. Also the book is filled with different aspects of life and how they came to exist. In the podcast you will hear a story about a Rhino. Rhinoceros are large, thick-skinned, herbivorous mammals of the family Rhinocerotidae, of Asia and Africa. Rhinos are found to grow 8 -14 ft long and 3 - 6.5 feet tall. Also they can weight up to 5 tons.

The Norman Public Library Children's Department would like to share a few of these stories with you in the coming months. The second Kipling story is "How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin" read by the fantastic Ms. Basha.

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