Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces

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The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces. By Dorothy Stoltz, Marisa Conner, and James Bradberry. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 224 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-08389-1255-3).

The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces is a discussion of how libraries are reinventing space to offer "play and learn opportunities" (xiii) to families. Predicated on the idea that play and interaction with caregivers enhances literacy learning, this book is designed as a hands-on guide in developing a library plan to implement early literacy play spaces in libraries of all sizes and budgets.

Stoltz, Conner, and Bradberry invite libraries to explore many dimensions of play. In the first section, "The Magic of Play," the authors discuss the importance of play through the centuries, capping it with examples of three public libraries whose play spaces enhance early literacy learning. Each discussion includes examples of how play can be used to reinforce pre-reading skills through interaction of parent and child and how the librarian can model interaction in these innovative play spaces. The second section, "Play and Learn Destinations," describes transformation at three public libraries. In the third part of the book, "Mindful Planning and Creative Design," the authors describe easy step-by-step methods for creating and renovating early learning spaces. …

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