MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Friends of the Middletown Township Public Library (Friends of MTPL) and the Middletown Lions Club will host READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY – ‘A Celebration of the Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss,’ on Wednesday, March 2. The event will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the community room of the Middletown Township Public Library, located at 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, N.J. 07748. The event is FREE and open to the public. 

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY is celebrated every year across the nation to honor the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Children and their parents are encouraged to attend this fun, lively and interactive event which will encourage the love of reading.

The event will feature musical entertainment by Disc Jockey Steve Munger of No Limit Entertainment; balloon designing by Rick Jones of White Knight Balloons; face-painting by Christine Conrad of Middletown High School South; button-making; snacks, beverages and dessert cake; free souvenirs; and facilitated group reading circles. Dr. Seuss bookmarks and stickers will be given to all reading circle participants, and children can also keep the buttons and balloons made especially for them. To engage the children and to make reading time more exciting, canine companions and their volunteer handlers will attend to interact with the children and to listen while Dr. Seuss stories are read aloud. The volunteers and their therapy dogs work through the Monmouth County SPCA. Nancy Kravis of Nancy Kravis Photography will capture the event in photos. The timeline for event activities is as follows:

4-5.30 P.M. - Music, Dancing, Face Painting, Balloons & Buttons

5.30 - 6.10 P.M. - Group Reading Circles/READ TO THE DOGS

6.10 - to 7.00 P.M. - Dessert Cake & Souvenirs

Reservations are suggested to help with planning but are not mandatory. To reserve, please contact Lori Anne Oliwa, president of the Friends of MTPL, atLoriAnne@TheWriteAngles.com (preferred) or call her at (732) 337-8625. Information is also available by contacting the Middletown Township Public Library at (732) 671-3700.

More information on the Friends of the Middletown Township Public Library and the Middletown Lions Club is available by visiting the websites, www.FriendsofMTPL.org and www.mlions.org, respectively.