ALA Midwinter 2014

Discussing Preschool Services at #alamw14

Play time is learning time!

Yesterday, the Preschool Services Discussion Group met to talk about the importance of play in serving young children at the library. Librarian Amanda Roberson spoke about why play helps children learn, ways to incorporate play in storytime, and the importance of modeling play for parents from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Librarian Amanda Roberson addresses the group. Photo by Abby Johnson.
Librarian Amanda Roberson addresses the group. Photo by Abby Johnson.

Many parents struggle to know how to play with their child. When toys given as gifts or bought at the store are designed for children to play with individually, the library can be an excellent place to expose children to toys designed for group play. Blocks, dress-up, sensory balls, straws and connectors, plastic animals, play food… all toys that encourage children to interact with parents and peers for lots of storytelling and imagination.

How do you play at YOUR library?

— Abby Johnson
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
New Albany, IN

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