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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - The 107th anniversary of the birth of children's book author Ted Geisel -- Dr. Seuss -- was celebrated Wednesday with a pair of events.

A lunchtime party was held in front of the Geisel Library at UC San Diego. Geisel died 20 years ago.

Audrey Geisel, the widow of the man behind "Green Eggs and Ham" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," helped cut the first of about 2,000 pieces of cake.

The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra played songs from "The Cat in the Hat Songbook."

After the event, UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox read "The Cat in the Hat" to children at Bay Park Elementary School in Clairemont as part of national "Read Across America Day."

The Massachusetts native's full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. After World War II, he and his wife moved to La Jolla, where he wrote many of his books for children. He died in 1991 at age 87.

Libraries at UCSD have received considerable financial support from the Geisels over the years, and the school's main library building took their name in 1995. The library holds 10,000 original drawings, manuscripts and other memorabilia in its Dr. Seuss collection.

Another Geisel celebration was held at the Oceanside Public Library.

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