Library exhibit presents Dr. Seuss beyond the children’s books
People know him best for The Cat in the Hat and other books that have enchanted children for decades. But did you know that before Theodor Seuss Geisel was a children’s book writer, he tried his hand at other occupations? Congregation Havurah Shalom of Sun City, in cooperation with Georgetown Public Library, introduces us to a Dr. Seuss many of us have never known in the free “Dr. Seuss Wants You!” exhibit at the library, April 29th through May 25th.
Political cartoonist: Geisel was a life-long cartoonist, and from 1941–1943 he was the chief editorial cartoonist for a short-lived New York newspaper, PM. He depicted the political climate of the day and addressed issues such as discrimination and persecution that later appeared in his children’s books. Check out the 14-panel exhibit of these cartoons, on loan from The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the library’s second floor.
Commercial artist: Admire Dr. Seuss memorabilia such as original cartoons, advertisement illustrations from his work at Esso Petroleum, and materials from the popular “The Admiral Seuss Navy” on the 1st and 2nd floors of the library. This collection is on loan courtesy of the Gregg and Michelle Philipson Collection and Archive in Austin.
“Patrons will have an opportunity to learn more about his diverse career that goes beyond his familiar children’s books.”
—Eric Lashley, Director of Georgetown Public Library
To honor Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, the library will hold a free special presentation on Sunday, May 1st, at 2 p.m. Yvonne Ward-Hughes will speak about her book The Red Handkerchief, which chronicles the experiences of her mother, Maria Spronk-Hughes, and her aunt as Dutch Resistance fighters and Holocaust survivors. Ms. Spronk-Hughes, now 94, will sign copies of the book after the presentation.
Go to library.georgetown.org for more information about these events.