Library to celebrate Grandparents Day

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published August 29, 2015


WEST BLOOMFIELD — Mothers and fathers, step aside. It’s time for grandparents to shine.

To celebrate Grandparents Day, the youth and adult services departments at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library have teamed up to throw a grandparents bash 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 12.

Kids are invited to grab their grandparents and venture out to the main library branch to enjoy special activities designed to make visiting the library a family tradition.

The day will kick off with the Baffling Bill Magic Show, where kids of all ages will be mesmerized by magic and Gus the Bunny. The library will also have face and body painting, balloon art, and a creation station, where kids and grandparents can create a keepsake craft, according to Jill Bickford, youth services coordinator. A photo booth will be set up for the event, and families can take a photo as a memory. Bickford said that even if a child’s grandparents cannot attend the event, the child can take a picture and send it to their grandparents.

“We wanted a day to celebrate grandparents because we’ve seen over the last few years more and more grandparents using the library with their grandchildren,” Bickford said. “(The library) is a great way for grandparents to share a love of reading and turn their grandchildren into strong, proficient readers.”

Grandparents are critical to a child, and the library aims to provide resources to help kids and their grandparents bond, Bickford said. Grandparents can use the day as an opportunity to check out more books to read with their grandchildren, she added.

The library sees a number of grandparents bringing their grandchildren to the library for programs, whether it be while a parent is working or if they have a set day a week that they work the library into their routine. Even grandparents whose children don’t live in the area will seek out resources from the library — books, music, DVDs — when their grandchildren are visiting, Bickford said.

“Grandparents always want the latest recommendations,” Bickford said. 

All of the Grandparents Day events are free and do not require registration.

Eric Schoenbaechler, adult services coordinator, said his department reaches out to senior residents in the community so they are aware of what library services are available to them. In addition to the Grandparents Day celebration, adult services will host a drop-in class for older adults on how to use FaceTime and Skype — programs that people can use to make video calls — so grandparents can keep in touch with their grandchildren. The FaceTime and Skype drop-in session will take place 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

“We’re definitely really excited about (Grandparents Day). It’s always fun to have a program that brings different generations and the family together,” Schoenbaechler said, adding that a lot of the library’s programs typically target specific age groups.

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