Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon

Through April 30, 2017

The Gail Borden Public Library is pleased to announce that a new exhibition of the works of renowned photographer Paola Gianturco, called Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, has arrived.

Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon is based off the book of the same title published by powerHouse Books.  Grandmother Power won ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Award for Women’s Studies, the 2013 International Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction, and the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Grandparenting Book.  The exhibition will feature images and stories of grandmothers worldwide who are acting courageously and effectively to create a better future for grandchildren everywhere.

There are more grandmothers in the world today than ever before.  They are younger, healthier, better educated, and better off than they have ever been.  They are energetic and effective, and they are modeling important lessons of collaboration, generosity, patience, perseverance and resilience.

Grandmother Power includes stories of grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland and South Africa, who collaborate to care for orphans with AIDS; grandmothers in India, who are becoming solar engineers; while those in Thailand fight environmental degradation.  The exhibition will include eight powerful stories from Paola’s book, highlighting women in South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, the Philippines, Argentina, Canada, the United States, India, Senegal and indigenous grandmothers from around the globe.  Visitors will have a chance to add their own grandmother to the story, through a special digital interactive experience.

Visitors can enhance their experience by using the free, audio cell-phone tour during their tour by using a QR code reader or  Narrated by Paola Gianturco, the audio tour walks visitors through each of the stories, telling more personal accounts of these amazing women.

Grandmother Power is unexpected and eye-opening.  The exhibition will impact visitors at an emotional level and redefine the way many of us think and feel about grandmothers and the important role they play in creating a better future for their grandchildren,” said Gail Borden Public Library Executive Director Carole Medal.

During the exhibit, the library is seeking to highlight the significant contributions of local grandmothers.  Please send photos and stories to  These photos and stories will be included on displays in the exhibit and/or the library web site.

The library started the local grandmother photos by asking library staff members to participate.  The exhibition is located on the first and second floors of the Main library at 270 N. Grove, Elgin, IL.  Please note that the materials on the second floor contain mature content.

The exhibition was developed by the Grand Rapids Public Museum in collaboration with their strategic partner Genesis, Inc.  The exhibit debuted at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in September 2013.

Paola Gianturco, author

For the past 16 years, Paola Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist, documenting women’s lives in 55 countries.  powerHouse Books has published five of her acclaimed photographic books.  All are philanthropic projects, for which she donates her royalties to carefully selected non-profit organizations that relate to each book’s content.

Paola’s fifth book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon reveals a new international activist grandmother movement.  The book features 120 activist grandmothers on five continents who are fighting courageously and effectively—against poverty, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and human rights abuse—to create a better world for grandchildren everywhere.  Gianturco is giving 100 percent of her author royalties from this book to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which benefits grandmothers raising orphans with AIDS in 15 African countries.  Grandmother Power won the 2013 Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Grand Parenting Book, and the 2013 International Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction.

Learn more about Paola’s work at http://globalgrandmotherpower. com/.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *