Seuss, Soup and Score
Are you ready for some ‘Seussball?’
That might not have been the question Abington residents were planning to hear this weekend when the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos face off for the coveted title of Super Bowl Champions but the Abington Business and Professional Association (ABPA) and the Abington Community Library are doing their best to ensure that even the non-sports fans enjoy the day.
Dorothy O’Connor, who owns Clarks Summit’s Sole to Soul explained that, traditionally, Super Bowl Sunday is a guy’s event. Having hosted a Super Bowl Sunday sale at her store for the past few years, she thought it would be fun to expand it to other retailers in town.
Participating in this year’s “Souper” Bowl Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Clarks Summit are Sole to Soul, 535 S. State St.; Cloe & Company, 410 S. State St., Sonia’s Contemporary Clothing, 320 S. State St.; Paulette’s Pretty Purses, 336 S. State St.; and Nearly New Outlet and Consignment, 100 Old Lackawanna Trail.
Anyone who brings in a canned soup for the Dalton Food Pantry during “Souper” Bowl Sunday to any of the participating businesses will also receive extra discounts or gifts. “Souper” Bowl Sunday sales are already promising discounts up to 75 percent off winter clearance items.
Following a day of shopping, “Souper” Bowl Sunday guests are invited to the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., for a “Seussical Celebration,” from 3-4 p.m.
“At the library, we like to jump in on events that the businesses are putting on and we wanted to do something a little earlier on Super Bowl Sunday as a family thing before the dads go watch the game,” said children’s librarian Laura Gardoski.
This winter, the Lackawanna County Library System’s county-wide reading club has mustaches as the theme and, as Gardoski explained, one of the best-loved mustaches in literature is Dr. Seuss’s Lorax. The reading club formally closes on Saturday, March 8, with the Lorax ‘Stache Bash, beginning at 2 p.m.
“There is so much imagination in his works; I love the words he makes up,” Gardoski said of Dr. Seuss. “His works are especially fun to read out loud because of the rhyming. His works are so whimsical, with the made-up animals and fantasy worlds he creates, so why not include him on this day?”
Children participating in the “Seussical Celebration” will get to hear one of Dr. Seuss’s classics read aloud and participate in a number of activities, inclunig “The Butter Battle Book,” “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” “Fox in Socks,” scavenger hunts, fishing games and snacks.
“People can come, support the library and celebrate reading,” Gardoski said. “It is a cool thing for families to do before they sit down at the TV. We’re looking at inter-generational programs here; this is for kids and parents are going to bring them. We want the parents to stay and participate, too. We encourage families to come to our events together.”
“I love seeing people coming together at the library: the heart of our communit,” she continued. “When we plan events around an author or a book, kids are exposed to new worlds and adventures. Some kids may not have ever experienced Dr. Seuss before, but now is the time to discover him! My job is to introduce kids to new books and authors. Then they can make their own reading choices and find out what they like best.”
To register for the “Seussical Celebration,” call the Abington Community Library at 570-587-3440.