MOUNT VERNON — A special and intimate glimpse into the life and work of Theodore S. Geisel — better known to the world as Dr. Seuss — will be offered at the next Brown Bag Chat, Wednesday, June 26, at noon at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
Jim Gibson, director of the Knox County Historical Society Museum, will share his personal collection of Seuss books and memorabilia in his presentation, “Dr. Seuss. Oh, the Places He Went!”
Gibson came to Mount Vernon in 1971 as a school psychologist and Director of Special Education Programs for the Mount Vernon School District. He has served as a trustee and officer of the Knox County Historical Society since 1977 and has directed its museum for the past 21 years. He has also served as central Ohio representative to the Ohio Local History Alliance, a division of the Ohio Historical Society.
For the past several years, Gibson has been gathering information and materials on the life and writings of Dr. Seuss and his influence on children’s reading throughout the world. His personal collection includes nearly all of the Seuss books published prior to the author’s death in 1991, with examples translated into Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese.
Gibson’s presentation will explore how Geisel became “Dr. Seuss.” A story has it that he wrote his classic, “Green Eggs and Ham,” on a bet with a friend who didn’t believe he could write a book using only 50 words.
Brown Bag Chats are presented at the main branch of the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, on Wednesdays at noon. The sessions are free and open to all. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch, if they wish, and light refreshments are also served.
The sessions are held in the library’s large basement multipurpose room.
There will also be a drawing for Summer Reading Program prizes.