On November 22, 2003, 20 out of an initial sign-up of 28 participants converged on the Bucyrus Public Library’s Community Room for a program to honor The Cat in the Hat. This was in celebration of the live action movie with Mike Myers being released on November 21.
Children’s Librarian Barb Scott, dressed as the Cat, welcomed participants and led them in a Powerpoint quiz on The Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Seuss books.
Then, it was off to the five craft tables set up around the room. Crafts available were:
1. BARTHOLOMEW CUBBINS HAT—In keeping with The Cat in the Hat theme, participants made a simple folded newspaper hat, which they could then adorn with feathers and color.
2. HATS OFF TO READING DOORKNOB HANGER—This doorknob hanger was in the shape of the Cat’s Hat. Participants colored it, added their names on their hangers and then cut them out.
3. DESIGN A HAT FOR THE CAT—At this craft table, participants were invited to design a new hat for The Cat in the Hat to wear. The design could be of their own choice. These hats were kept to be used for an in-house display with pictures of the program.
4. CAT IN THE HAT TOILET PAPER ROLL CRAFT—Participants were invited to make their own miniature Cat in the Hat with a toilet paper roll as the base.
5. COUPONS FOR HUGS—Each participant was given three coupons which they could fill out to give to parents, grandparents, etc. Each coupon was good for one hug with no expiration date!
Then it was time to enjoy snacks! Provided were punch, Sun Chips, fruit snacks, Cat in the Hat cereal (made by Kelloggs), and cupcakes with small striped hat favors stuck in the top of each one.
After snacks, Children’s Librarian Barb Scott shared the book Mr. Brown Can Moo…Can You? The children enjoyed making all of the great sounds in the book!
Then it was time for drawings for prizes.
Each participants received a goodie bag to take home as a remembrance of the day. The goodie bags contained two Cat in the Hat stickers, a small plastic figurine, and a snow globe bottle topper, courtesy of the local Pepsi distributor, who also provided Cat in the Hat and Thing #1 and #2 cardboard standups for the event.