Hats Off to Reading event features The Lorax

Author: Dana Bakirtjy

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On Saturday March 5, the Office of Sustainability will partner with the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore for a celebration of reading like no other! In celebration of Reading Across America Day, the bookstore will again host its annual Hats Off for Reading Event starting at 10:00am.

The event will begin with a reading of this year’s chosen book- Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Following the reading, children will learn how to develop sustainable habits at home while decorating decomposable planters. Each child will go home with their decorated planter, a packet of soil and sunflower seeds, as well as a Lorax themed bookmark with sustainability tips on it. Additionally, the first 50 attendees will receive a free water bottle.

The Lorax was chosen as this year’s book because of its environmental theme. Dr. Seuss’ favorite book, The Lorax chronicles the plight of the environment by telling the story of the battle between the Lorax who speaks for the trees, and the Once-ler—a personification of corporate greed and industry. The lessons of personal responsibility, reducing consumption, and preserving nature shine through, and enforce lessons laid out by Pope Francis’ in his Encyclical Laudato Si’.

The event is free and open to the public. Due to its popularity, be sure to get their early for the best seats.