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The case for making libraries full of toys and games

The case for making libraries full of toys and games | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s public library legacy was built on a boyhood dream: to acquire knowledge. Carnegie believed in “the meritocratic nature of America,” that anyone “with the right inclination and desire could educate himself” and therefore succeed, and that libraries should contribute directly to that. 

So what are libraries doing lending out toys and holding game nights? Aren’t American kids’ test scores lagging behind those of pretty much the rest of the world? Shouldn’t American public libraries be, as Carnegie wanted, educating? Recent studies, and librarians themselves, say otherwise.

In a study with 70 six-year olds, psychologists at the University of Colorado found that the children who engaged in more free play had a “more highly developed self-directed executive function” than those who had spent more time in “structured activities,” that were adult-led rather than child-initiated."


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Karen du Toit's insight:

The importance of play in the development of children! Definitely should be addressed by libraries!

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nickcarman's curator insight, August 12, 2014 1:00 AM

This is an interesting article with lots of useful links.

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Smart Play area becomes a library hot spot for kids - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Smart Play area becomes a library hot spot for kids - Minneapolis Star Tribune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
by: SHANNON PRATHER 

Anoka County Library staff in Fridley, with the help of the Minnesota Children’s Museum, removed rows of bookshelves and replaced them with a large, imaginative play area. The new space — with an urban park theme to fit the inner-ring suburb on the banks of the Mississippi River — includes a play bus, a farmers market, a tree hollow, a garden and a picnic area.

Children are very attached to the “Smart Play Spot,” the staff said.

“We have seen more meltdowns because they don’t want to leave,” said Fridley branch librarian Theresa Schroeder. “We are also seeing more parental interaction with children.”

Families, library and museum staff cut the ribbon on the play area last week. The change to the children’s section was so dramatic, with shelves being removed, that several library patrons asked during the conversion if the library was shutting down, Schroeder said.

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Smart play areas! > GReat idea for public libraries!

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