Dozens of children gathered at the Paintsville Recreation Center on Thursday for a carnival-style celebration of the life and works of children’s author Dr. Seuss, put on by the Johnson County Public Library.

Children had the opportunity to play carnival games, win prizes, make Seuss-themed crafts, enjoy popcorn and cake, meet and get a photo with the Cat in the Hat, and sit in on readings of Seuss books.

Shannon Reinthaler, with the Johnson County Public Library said the event was “wonderful.”

“We had an excellent turnout,” Reinthaler said. 

The works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, starting with 1937’s “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” have sold hundreds of millions of copies and, most importantly, have gotten several generations hooked on reading. Thursday’s carnival event, Reinthaler said, brought his larger-than-life characters and art style to life, making the magic a little more real for local kids.

“One thing that definitely stood out was we had this little one who didn’t want to leave The Cat in the Hat,” Reinthaler said. “He kept going back to hug him.”

Reinthaler also thanked the Paintsville Recreation Center and its staff, which has been hosting library events as the library is undergoing renovations to expand — including a room just for children.

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