Andrew J. "A.J." Fox '09 studies in the new Theodor Seuss Geisel Room, known simply as the Dr. Seuss room, in the east side of Baker Library. Marisa Origel '07 says, "I come here every day. It's so quiet and isolated from the rest of the library." Jeffrey Horrell, dean of libraries and librarian of the college, says the space is "designed to be a comfortable and welcoming area for library users to study or relax. We hope students will enjoy it and maybe even find inspiration in the whimsical, lighthearted images, and the legacy of Dr. Seuss." Opened in March, the room was previously used as a reference office before Berry Library was built.
Set apart from the busier sections of Baker, the Dr. Seuss room has cushy chairs, small tables, and large sun-collecting windows that look out onto the east side of campus. There is a portrait of Geisel by Everett Raymond Kinstler, which includes an illustration of the main character from The Cat in the Hat drawn by Geisel, and a variety of Seuss books and memorabilia.
A graduate of the Class of 1925, Geisel first adopted the pseudonym of Dr. Seuss as a writer for Dartmouth's student humor magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern. He went on to write and illustrate some 44 books that have inspired a love of reading among millions of people throughout the world. To visit the room, no reservations are needed--just Hop on Pop in through Baker Library's main hall doors, take a right, walk straight, and Oh the Places You'll Go.
By STEVEN J. SMITH
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Last Updated: 12/17/08