Mesa County Libraries celebrate Cat in the Hat
By Kathleen Goddeyne -
Mesa County Libraries and Rocky Mountain PBS teamed up to bring a Dr. Seuss favorite to life for library goers. Throughout the week of Nov. 5-10, Mesa County Libraries hosted puppet shows, story time, crafts, games, and appearances by The Cat in several of the branch locations.
“This is a cooperative venture between Mesa County Libraries and Rocky Mountain PBS,” said Bob Kretschman, Mesa County Library Public Information Manager. “What we are doing is promoting Dr. Seuss books and the new Rocky Mountain PBS special.”
Rocky Mountain PBS will be airing their new holiday TV special, “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about Christmas!” Nov. 21 at 7:30 a.m., Nov. 22 at 7 a.m., Dec. 23 at 7 p.m, and Dec. 25 at 7:30 a.m.
“We get a lot of parents at the library whose kids watch those kids shows on PBS,” Kretschman said. “There’s a lot of commonalities with the audiences (PBS audience and Mesa County Library goers). It was just natural for us to come together.”
Although Mesa County Libraries have scheduled story times each week for each branch, the story times were geared toward a Cat in the Hat learning experience.
Gisele Smith, Mesa County Library Fruita Branch Manager, hosted the Cat in the Hat story time for her branch. The children listened to two Dr. Seuss books, reviewed rhyming, and did other fun activities.
“Dr. Seuss has been a favorite for kids and adults forever,” said Kretschman. “It’s been a lot of fun to have the Cat in the Hat week.”