Fort Wainwright joins libraries nationwide in Read Across America

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Schools and libraries across the country observed 'Read across America' last week to promote the importance of reading.
The library at Fort Wainwright participated by celebrating a well known creative mind.
"Would you like them here or there?
I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I am."
Post librarians chose Dr. Seuss's birthday for this national celebration, in recognition of his influence on children's literature.
And while there was of course birthday cake and other activities, the main event was a reading of 'Green Eggs and Ham' by Command Sergeant Major Juan Cornett, and Garrison Commander Colonel Sean Fisher.
Librarian Mary Turner says reading is not only great for education, but it helps to make a positive impact on children's minds.
Mary Turner; Post Librarian>>: "By reading, they read at a higher level than they are. They learn new words, vocabulary grows. They also learn empathy, they learn social graces. They learn to put themselves in other people's shoes because when you read you are putting yourself in someone else shoes. You're the night battling the dragon. You're Harry Potter going to school at Hogwarts for the first time. You are Sally waiting and playing with Cat in the Hat who comes to your house and wrecks it and then fixes it before mom gets home, so by reading it really engages the children's minds, their imagination and it also helps them grow at people."