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Grandparent's Day

September 18, 2019
Audience
Adult
Children / Family
Older Adults / Seniors
Popular Topics
Coloring, Crafts & Hands-on
Tech and Gaming
Budget
$1-50
Advance Planning

Grandparent's Day is frequently overlooked, so our recreation department and public library joined forces to create a short program for grandparents and little ones. This year, 2019, marked our third time offering this annual program, and each year has grown, with new attendees every year.

The first year we planned this program for 2.5 hours. Not only was this too long, but we also failed to include the greatly admired children's librarian. In the second year, the program was abbreviated to 1.5 hours, with the librarian offering a special grandparent-related storytime. This is our third year, and we had over 40 people — grandparents and their grandbabies — in attendance. We held the program on a Friday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

We began preparing for the September event over the summer, when we selected the date with our recreation department. A week or so before the event, we prepared small crafts suitable for children ages 0 to 5. Two days prior, we purchased items (e.g. snacks, fruit, juice) from Sam's Club/Costco.

Marketing

We marketed this program in our city's recreation brochure, on Facebook, and in fliers posted around town. We also added the event to our recreation department and library websites.

Budget Details

The program required less than $50 for food and paper products. 

Day-of-event Activity

Two staff members, plus the children's librarian, set up card tables, each with a unique craft. Crafts included a Handprint Tree, made with paints, an "All About My Grand" fill-in sheet, and popsicle stick picture frames — we took pictures onsite and printed them. We also put out a special chair for storytime, in order to create a different area to shift the attention from crafts to storytime. 

Program Execution

People started to arrive 15 minutes early, but crafts were already set up on tables. All the crafts were simple and self explanatory — people were able to visit each station to complete the craft, where all the materials were set out.

The librarian started the special storytime after one hour — 30 minutes before the program was scheduled to end.

Takeaways included hand prints done with paint and other mementos for grandparents.

Advice

This program attracts newer grandparents, young grandparents with maybe one or two young grandchildren. In the three years we have hosted, we have only had two families return because their children age out. Be sure to have plenty of activities and snacks!

Short Title
Grandparent's Day

Children aged 0 through pre-K were invited to bring the special “grand” in their life — Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, Papa, Opa and/or Oma — to this celebration of two generations. The program included crafts, Bingo, interactive fitness activities and a photo booth, as well as a storytime with the children's librarian and sing-along. 

Job Functions
Resources and Program Starters
Collaborations
Program Date
2019-09-06
Summary

Bring out the kid in all of us! This program offered grandparents a chance to bond with their young grandchildren at the library.  

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