Dr. Seuss and his many mythical creatures will be making an appearance at the Middlesboro Mall on Mar. 4 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for Read Across America. This annual free event is hosted by the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia with help from several of their partners.
The day will include a costume contest beginning at 1 p.m. for attendees who want to dress up in anything Seuss. Middlesboro Key Club will be performing a skit about Seuss’s Sneetches at 11:30 a.m. and Tri-State Dance Academy will be dancing on stage at 11 a.m.
He Hu Darz, the laser tag station in the mall, will serve as one of the biggest partners of the day. Inside the business will be a book nook for parents to read with their children and additional seating will be available in their coffee shop. More seating will spill into the mall to give event goers a place to rest.
He Hu Darz will also be having guided tours at the top of the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for visitors to see the laser tag course and inside of the business.
A separate room will be set up where books will be read aloud and there will be clothing available for a Seuss-themed dress-up.
This year marks significant growth with more than 30 tables from local businesses, clubs and non-profit organizations setting up. At the first Read Across America, only eight tables were set up for the event.
“It’s going to be a big year for us and we are thankful to have so many great businesses to work with in the mall,” said CRFA Director Debbie Knuckles.
Volunteers are still needed to prepare and paint windows with Dr. Seuss characters throughout the mall, set up and take down decorations on the day of the event and deliver informational packets to local businesses about Read Across America. Civic organizations and businesses are welcomed to set up a table and pass out trinkets, small books or little gifts that are reading related.
To volunteer or register a table, contact CRFA on Facebook or call Knuckles at 606-269-8293.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.