Saturday, January 20, 2018
Kids & Family

Hernando County Reading Festival out to capture kids' interest

BROOKSVILLE — Millions of children born after World War II learned to read the simple, yet catchy rhymes in his books. More than 50 years later and more than 20 years after his death, some of Theodor Geisel's books still outsell many newer children's books. Who isn't familiar with The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham?

Geisel is among the most famous and popular American writers, poets and cartoonists, but is known largely by his pen name, Dr. Seuss. He published 46 children's books, many with film and television adaptations.

On Saturday, the late author's March 2 birthday will be celebrated with a parade and party at the annual Hernando County Reading Festival at Nature Coast Technical High School.

The party and parade are among several new features this year. Hours are also expanded. And HEART Literacy and the Hernando County school system have a new partner helping with the festival — the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association.

"We are really excited about it," said event chairwoman Denise Moen, who is supervisor of the Hernando County schools' adult community education and volunteer programs. "By joining forces, we are able to make the festival bigger and better."

Other sponsors include the Hernando County Public Library System, the Brooksville Rotary Club and several other community organizations and businesses.

At Seussville during the festival, children will be able to play 10 different games and win prizes. There also will be a booths with activities to win books and prizes. The public library system will have a craft table, and the Domino Club will offer coloring sheets and will teach children how to play dominoes.

Along with the activities, several children's authors will be in attendance, including 11-year-old Madeline Joan Wilks, who wrote Yellow Dot, Red Dot; Nancy Stewart, author of Bella Saves the Beach; and Shirley Temple Mitten, author of Braile's Tales.

Events include Jiggleman at 10:30 a.m., the Read Across America parade and Dr. Seuss birthday party — with cake — at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., John Storm's World of Reptiles at noon and the Black Light Theater presentation of "Puppetry Pride" at 1:30 p.m.

Tony the Balloon Guy will make balloon creations. If children do not wish to wait in line, they will be able to get a "fast pass" with a specific time when they can cut to the front of the line.

"There will also be a drama tent where kids can put on costumes, read a script and act out a story," Moen said.

She said Bright House Networks will have a weather station where children can "pick out the weather."

Goody bags will be given to the first 300 children to arrive. All adults will receive a raffle ticket and have a chance to win one of more than 15 prizes, including a free vacation. The drawing will be at 2:45 p.m., and winners must be present to win.

Also, Friends of the Library of Hernando County will have a children's book sale, with hundreds of books in barely used condition.

Comments
2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

On Saturday, the kids get first crack at the booty from the pirates at the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the annual alcohol-free party on Bayshore Boulevard. To kick off the season of Jose Gaspar, the fictitious marauder whose legend has...
Published: 01/18/18
You can buy the balls from Amalie’s Beach Tampa exhibit at auction

You can buy the balls from Amalie’s Beach Tampa exhibit at auction

More than 100,000 people showed up at Amalie Arena in 2016 to frolic in a huge ball pit. It was a sea of 1.2 million white orbs so vast that grown men could belly flop and remain afloat. Almost two years after the Beach Tampa packed up, some 15,000 l...
Published: 01/18/18
Plan your weekend Jan. 19-21: Gasparilla Children’s Parade, Jake Owen, Riverdance, Florida Orchestra’s Dvorak

Plan your weekend Jan. 19-21: Gasparilla Children’s Parade, Jake Owen, Riverdance, Florida Orchestra’s Dvorak

Plan your weekend   Gasparilla Children’s Parade: A week before the more raucous pirate invasion, the G-rated version hits the streets. The Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade kicks off Gasparilla season with a bicycle safety...
Published: 01/17/18
Top things to do this week: Steve Martin and Martin Short, Gasparilla Children’s Parade

Top things to do this week: Steve Martin and Martin Short, Gasparilla Children’s Parade

PICKING AND GRINNING: Steve Martin and Martin ShortThere wasn’t a lot of bluegrass being played around Hamilton, Ontario, when Martin Short was a kid. But his decades-long friendship with Steve Martin has made him a fan, which brings An Evening With ...
Published: 01/17/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 15-21

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 15-21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrations happen all around Tampa Bay today, including the MLK Dream Big Parade in downtown St. Petersburg. It includes 110 units and bands, including Florida A&M and Tuskegee universities, and ends with a Family Fun Da...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/14/18
Here’s how to sing along to the entire Hamilton soundtrack at a Tampa library

Here’s how to sing along to the entire Hamilton soundtrack at a Tampa library

If you’re already singing along to the entire Hamilton soundtrack alone, why not meet like-minded folks and do it together?A Hamilton singalong goes down tonight at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library in Tampa. Fans will gather to sing the entire — y...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18
5 things to do under $5: Tampa music history, Suncoast Arts Festival

5 things to do under $5: Tampa music history, Suncoast Arts Festival

1 Suncoast Arts Festival: Acclaimed electric rock string quintet Violectric, above, headlines Saturday (3:40-5:40 p.m.) at this two-day fine arts event featuring more than 130 artisans, live entertainment and a kids art garden at the Shops at Wiregra...
Published: 01/10/18
Updated: 01/17/18
Plan your weekend: MLK Day, Monster Jam, Sunshine Music Festival, comic Nikki Glaser, Christian artists at Winter Jam

Plan your weekend: MLK Day, Monster Jam, Sunshine Music Festival, comic Nikki Glaser, Christian artists at Winter Jam

  Holiday MLK Day: Before the parades on Monday in downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa’s Cuscaden Park, there will be a block party and battle of the bands on Sunday with the Florida A&M Rattlers, Tuskegee University’s Marching Crimso...
Published: 01/10/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Meet the monster trucks: Free truck displays around Tampa Bay

Meet the monster trucks: Free truck displays around Tampa Bay

Before Monster Jam invades Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, some of the show’s biggest stars will be on display across the Tampa Bay area. You can and take pictures with the 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound monster trucks at the following free appearance...
Published: 01/10/18
5 things to do under $5: Kite festival, Florida Manatee Festival

5 things to do under $5: Kite festival, Florida Manatee Festival

1 Treasure Island Sport Kite Festival: The annual competition returns to the beach behind the Thunderbird Resort, filling the sky with kites as flyers perform to music at this two-day event. There will be dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying in...
Published: 01/10/18