The Altoona Area Public Library recently received a 2008 AARP Library Services for Older Adults Award for their intergenerational program for grandparents and their grandchildren, Sprouting Together.
The award description described the program's aim to increase intergenerational bonds through an art-based initiative program that emphasizes a high level of interaction between grandparents and their grandchildren as they created a scrapbook of memories, participated in games, stories and art projects. Sprouting Together focuses on family history and family stories in a creative interactive learning environment and includes a family tree art project, cultural changes, wardrobe/dress changes, economic changes and a celebration of intergenerational collaboration.
One innovative aspect of the program included videos of the session on YouTube which allowed participants to share the experience with family and friends outside of the local area. Great ideas!