Daddy and Donuts: A Time for Families and Books

January 17, 2014

by Tom Tollefson

It’s a little early for Father’s Day, but Saturday morning on January 11 felt like it at the Pelham Public Library as 10 children came with their dads for the Daddy and Donuts event.  For 45 minutes, children had a chance to listen to stories, play games and make crafts with their fathers.

This free activity is held once a month on Saturday morning to give dads and children a chance to share quality time and to give the children time to learn and enjoy books.

“They love the stories and crafts,” Jared Watson said about his two children as he watched them play.  “I work fairly long hours and it gives me a chance to spend one-on-one time with them.”

Each month has a different theme.  The theme for this month’s session was ice-skating.  Library Assistant Marilyn Grenda read the Polar Skater by Sally Grindley and Pearl’s New Skates by Holly Keller to the wide-eyed youngsters.  After story time, the children and their dads made mini ice-skating rinks out of paper plates, cotton and glitter.  They also played Polar Bear Says (a version of Simon Says) and Pass the Polar Bear as children’s music played in the background.  The library served juice, donuts and coffee as well.

“It’s a lot of fun just seeing the children enjoy the game, the books and the crafts,” said Grenda.

Each Daddy and Donuts event includes storytime and a craft that goes along with a specific theme.  The attendance averages eight children for each event.  The age range is mostly two to five-year-olds; however, all ages are welcome.

“It’s great for the kids.  It gets them interested in projects and away from TV,” said Pelham father Greg Peters.

For more information on the times and dates for Daddy and Donuts and other community events at the Pelham Public Library check out their website at