On Saturday, March 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., the Oakland Public Library’s West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline Street, will host its Fourth Annual Grandparents’ Day. This unique day of recognition is an opportunity for caregiving grandparents to meet and get a little pampering.
Grandparents’ Day celebrates the critical contributions that grandparents, especially caregiving grandparents, make to their families, their communities and beyond. It is a chance to reward and pamper grandparents who often go on day after day without recognition or support.
Librarian Celia Jackson came up with the idea for the first Grandparents’ Day in 2014. “While there is increased understanding of the vital roles that caregiving grandparents play in the raising, education, health and future success of their grandbabies, there were no programs offered by OPL to celebrate caregiving grandparents in a formal way, so I wanted to create something just for them,” she said.
Grandchildren are welcome to the event. While grandparents are invited to relax and get some well-deserved recognition, their preschoolers and older children can enjoy family friendly activities. Grandparents and children will be treated to refreshments.
In 2017, 65 grandparents and 18 grandkids attended the event.
For more information, or to sign up, please contact Celia Jackson, Children’s Services Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-238-7352.