Several characters from Dr. Seuss books leapt from the pages Saturday during the Psi Iota Psi Sorority’s Everybody Reads event at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.

The characters were kept busy by the nearly 300 people, including children, parents and grandparents, posing for photographs and reading to the children. The annual event promotes literacy for preschool to elementary-age children. 

“This has been one of our largest, if not the largest responses, we have had in seven years,” Crawfordsville Psi Iota Psi president Jennie Slavens said. “We have been very busy and the kids seem to be really enjoying everything. In the first year we might have had 100 total people attend.”

Attendees were able to select a new book to take home. If they brought in old books, they could trade them for new ones at another table. There were plenty of coloring and craft-making activities to keep the children busy. Refreshments also were served to everyone.

The sorority has sponsored the event every year, but it takes several volunteers such as Wally Wabash to pull off the event. The Dr. Seuss characters were from the recent Vanity Theater production of Seussical the Musical. The young performers not only attracted a lot of attention, but also performed some of their songs and got involved with the children’s activities.

A large rocking chair sat in the middle of the room where community volunteers took time reading to the children. At the North Montgomery FFA booth, chapter members brought some of their own children’s books to read to attendees.

Even the Crawfordsville Police Department was on hand giving away gifts at a booth being manned by Detective Bob Rivers.

Other groups providing activity centers were Indiana Adoption Project, Rotary Jail Museum, Carnegie Museum and the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County.

Crawfordsville’s Penguin Random House provided all the new books for the event.

The local library will offer a variety of Dr. Seuss related events this week. Visit the CDPL website at www.cdpl.lib.in.us/index.php to learn more.

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