11 Sep Grandparents, We Salute You!
This past Sunday was Grandparents Day. Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents’ Day and on August 3, 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. Over the years I’ve seen countless grandmas and grandpas visit the library regularly with little ones in tow. I have to salute grandparents who attend Stories and More or Play and Learn or any other children’s event we host at our locations. It is said that parents are a child’s first teacher, but I’d add that grandparents play a huge role too. Grandparents who bring children to the library are developing a child’s pre-reading skills. The books taken home and read in a cozy chair with a little one to cuddle are a part of the first steps children take towards learning to read. They learn how to hold a book right side up, that words are printed on the page, that they are read from left to right, and they hear the sounds that letters make which all leads children on the path to reading independently. Most of all, they learn that reading is a pleasure when shared with someone you love.
The purpose of the holiday, as stated in the preamble to the statute, is “to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.