The Funstrummers entertained the packed library that was filled with children and adults alike at the Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration hosted on Thursday, March 6 at the Riverbank Library. The band is a nonprofit group of ukulele players who perform throughout the region, playing music and singing, led by Lorrie Frietas. Librarian Vicky Holt Angulo expressed that everyone really enjoyed their performance.
As stated on the band’s website, the group of musicians has all levels of experience and has played for many years. The Funstrummers enjoy coming together to make music that is lighthearted, easy to play and fun to sing.
The Dr. Seuss celebration at the library was filled with musical entertainment and story time of a few Seuss books including popular favorites “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Lorax,” and “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street.”
According to Holt Angulo, there were 83 people that attended the event and 32 Dr. Seuss books were given away to attendees. The books were donated by Target and the entire celebration was sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Riverbank Library.
The festivities continued with birthday cake for all and a game where the youngsters had to look for the Cat in the Hat’s hat that was hidden somewhere in the library. Once the hat was found the kids were given a Dr. Seuss eraser and bookmark. The search for the hat was an ongoing event between March 1 and March 8 to mark the birthday of Dr. Seuss and officials said there were a total of 114 youngsters that participated in the game and they received prizes throughout the week.
“It went very well,” stated Holt Angulo of the overall celebration.
Many communities host ‘Read Across America’ activities in early March to honor the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, a writer of classic children’s books. He was born March 2, 1904 and passed away on Sept. 24, 1991.