Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Its been about 5 years since I last attended the University of California at San Diego and as I look back, I think about all the countless hours spent studying and nesting inside of its distinctive Geisel Library. Named and built in honor of Theodore Seuss Geisel ("Dr. Seuss") and featured in UCSD's logo, this unique library was my second home. The Geisel's were actually long time residents of one of San Diego's most wealthiest communities, La Jolla which is where the campus is located. What I loved most about this library was its awesome 360 degree glass view of the campus and ocean. Everyday, I chose to sit at the same corner spot on the eighth floor of the west wing. It was the best view and an awesome seat to relax while enjoying a good read. 

Listed as one of the "Top 10 Modern Libraries in the World" and the nation's top 20 public academic research libraries, it provides access to more than 7 million digital and print volumes, journals and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge and information needs of faculty, students and members of the public. Its design has been featured in the movies Inception as the snow fortress and the cult film series Killer Tomatoes Strike Back as well as featured in filming's of television shows such as Veronica Mars and Mission: Impossible.

Today, the University of California at San Diego has made preparations for one of its favorite events: the annual birthday celebration to pay homage to the campus' most beloved icon, Dr. Seuss. His birthday also coincides with the release of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, a feature film by Universal Pictures, a 3D adaptation (from the creation of Despicable Me) of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The party, which is open to Dr. Seuss fans both on and off campus, will be held at 11:50 AM at the foot of the library. This party which is marked by a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat includes free punch and cake - some 2,000 pieces of cake will be served to mark the occasion. 

Dr. Seuss at home *credit to*

In addition to the birthday party, an exhibit of materials from the Dr. Seuss collection will be on view till March 9 in the Geisel Library. The 10,000 items in his collection includes original drawings, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, pictures, and memorabilia which documents the full range of his achievements beginning in 1919 with his high school activities and ending with his death in 1991.

What an honor it has been for me to attend this fine campus let alone study in one of the most distinctive libraries known to date. I'm definitely grateful to have been given that opportunity to "read, write, think and dream" in his library. Today is definitely a special day to remember and celebrate his life and career to devoting his time on creating entertaining and instructive books which have influenced many including myself and the initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. The sheer joy, whimsy and deep felt message of his artworks have provided such positive and uplifting messages that the world needs...

The human mind is such a fertile playground and Dr. Seuss serves up a juicy buffet of nutrition for the soul.  Happy Birthday to a legendary and striking man that has planted seeds of fantasy, multicolor and imagination to the masses.



  1. I've heard of Dr. Seuss but never seen any movies(crazy, huh?)
    Thank you for sharing :D

    1. Sure thing! Thanks for taking the time to read my post! Maybe you can check out The Lorax! Hehe... ;D

  2. Cute post!!! Can't wait to see The Lorax!! Jumped over here from {living holland}! I'm following you! Also grabbed your button! Hope ya don't mind. :)

    1. Sweet! Thanks for tuning in and I definitely appreciate the love! Yay! Thanks for grabbing a button! I will surely stop by and return the favor! :) XoXo

  3. enjoyed reading this post; very informative. i'm researching on the history of libraries. thanks!


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