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Weekend Happenings Mar. 2-4

Books, Events, LocalMegan PeronaComment

Howdy! Today is Read Across America Day!  This annual event marks Dr. Seuss's birthday, and the National Education Association's dedication to getting every child in every community reading.  Across the nation, teachers, parents, celebrities, toy stores and more will work to bring reading excitement to children of all ages! As always, our bookshelves are well stocked and we'll be more than happy to help you find an old favorite or a new classic!

To find out more about the event or to see what's happening in your neighborhood, check out the Read Across America website and facebook pages, here and here.

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Then find some fun things to do this weekend!  Like these:

It just so happens that Read Across America Day coincides with the theatrical opening of Dr. Suess's The Lorax!  Check out the latest animated version of this classic story.  Showtimes here.

On Saturday head to the Central Library to see The  90 Second Newbery Film Festival.  The Newbery Medal is the most prestigious award in children's literature and has been given out annually for the past 90 years. The festival's films compress the story of a Newbery award-winning book into 90 seconds or less. It turns out that any book, no matter how worthy and somber, becomes pleasingly ludicrous when compressed into 90 seconds. Author James Kennedy will be bringing the "best of the best" from the screenings he has already done in New York City and Chicago, and mixing them with entries from Multnomah County, with entertainment between the films, cabaret-style! Saturday, March 3. 3-5pm, Free! Details here.

Need a great way to end the weekend?  Check out the MarchFourth Marching Band Family Show!  Stilt walkers, acrobats, fire-eaters, and clowns are taking their spectacular spectacular to the Crystal Ballroom stage for this 9th birthday spectacle.   Sun. 3:00 pm. $8.00 and up. Kids 4 and under free.  Details here.  

And, in honor of Dr. Seuss, please remember:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” -Dr. Seuss

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