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Kids gather for a Dr. Seuss story at Barnes & Noble. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Thursday, March 7, 2019

By Chris Frost

chris@tricountysentry.com

Ventura—Barnes and Noble rolled out the green eggs and ham, March 2, as the bookstore celebrated Read Across America Day with Seussical stories and special treats and crafts for the kids.

The large crowd gathered in the story area and revealed in the adventures, then took their parents out for there own book discovery.

Bookseller Wendy Peterson said she’s been reading to the kids for about a year.

“I started doing story time in April, of last year,” she said. “I love to read out loud and think reading out loud is important for kids and adults.”

She called it fun.

“It brightens my day and gives me energy,” she said. 

Sometimes the store will give her a book the arts and crafts center around, she said, that gives her an idea about the theme.

“For example, if we have a dog-themed book, I will pick a craft around puppies,” she said. “Today, the theme is Dr. Seuss, so that gives me a little more freedom to pick Dr. Seuss books.”

The kids make the event special, she said, and it makes the day special.

“It’s always nice when the kids are engaged, and you can sense the kids are not bored, and I love that,” she said.

Peterson did story time at previous jobs, which made the position a good fit.

“This is something I thought I would be good at, and I am grateful they gave me a shot,” she said.

Shannon Snow brought her daughter, Davi Bergstrom who loves visiting the bookstore.

“My daughter loves it here,” she said. “They do activities, stories and they are interactive with the kids.”

Dad Brian Bergstrom said his daughter loves Barnes and Nobel.

“They do a great job here,” he said.

Snow said the stories are outstanding because they teach lessons.

“I love Dr. Seuss,” she said. “This is awesome.”

Whatever the genre is, Snow says Davi picks out titles.

“If she shows interest, then we go for that,” Snow said. “I am looking for anything that will make her read a book.”

Jennifer Bricky brought her daughter Marina and loves celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

“We have a lot of Dr. Suess books at home, so we came just for storytime,” she said. “I love that kids are coming together and hearing the language and getting excited about books. Being a teacher/librarian at Oxnard High School, it’s my thing.”

Marina said she loved “One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish..

Jennifer loves the book “All the places we go.”

“I love the possibilities that come out of that book,” she said.

Malia Valoaga brought her daughter Levi and said the duo was lucky and were at the stores at just the right time.

“We’ve been here twice before, but we don’t come as often as I’d like,” she said.”I love it because it is a safe area and has tons of interest for them and Levi is having fun.”

Malia is always prepared to spend money on books.

“It’s the best way to spend money on kids,” she said.

Levi was all smiles.

“I like crocodiles,” he said.

Stoes manager Kerrilou Fanucchi said the store has been doing Storytime since it opened.

“I’ve been with the company for 25 years, and I’ve had multiple stores in the Pacific Northwest, and it is something that is important to us as a company.

The company supplies a list of books for toddlers, she said, and they’ll customize it based on how large the group is. We also do crafts, so we’ll pick a couple of books related to the national title.”

Barnes & Nobel is located at 4820 Telephone Road in Ventura.