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Monday, June 12, 2017

Father's Day

Sunday, June 18th is Father's Day.  A day to celebrate Dad!  The Roselle Public Library is holding a special event for dads and their children.  From 1:30-2:20 PM, children should bring their favorite dad and celebration the Donuts with Dad program with him!  The program will feature stories, games and of course...delicious DONUTS!  No registration is required for this program.  Just jump in the car and drop-on in (only you might want to have dad do the driving!).

Let's learn a little more about Father's Day.  A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired to create a special day for her dad since he had raised his six children by himself after the death of his wife.  This happened in the early 1900s, when it was uncommon for a male widower to take care of his own children.  Typically men placed their children in the care of others or remarried quickly. 

The work of Anna Jarvis, who is credited for starting the Mother's Day holiday, sparked the idea for Father's Day with Sonora.  She felt her father deserved to be recognized for raising his children and held the first celebration in June of 1910.  Father's Day was not recognized until 1972, when  President Nixon officially made it a holiday.

Father's Day is an occasion to celebrate the contribution your father has made in your life.  Many people send or give cards or gifts to their dads.  Father's Day festivities look different for many families.  Some families gather together and have cookouts while others call dad on his special day.  Even other families do some of dad's chores that day - like washing the car or mowing the lawn.

So no matter what your family does to celebrate dear-old-dad, make the day a special one for him.  He works hard for his family and he deserves a day to be in the spot light.  He probably deserves a donut too, so stop by the library for some fun with dad!


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