The Power of Play for Early Childhood Learning in Your Library
What do you do to play? Would you like to play all day? Play is a child's work! Research clearly shows play is key to early childhood development and lifelong success. Play is critical to a child's healthy development in all areas of school readiness, especially social emotional development and early literacy. How is play relevant to library services? Join us as we answer that question and identify ways to incorporate play in library programs and spaces to promote children's early childhood development and motivate caregivers to enjoy play with their children.
- Understand the critical role of play in early childhood development and its impact on learning, particularly early literacy and school readiness
- Learn at least 4 techniques for using props in storytime and other programs to promote and expand play
- Learn at least 3 methods to encourage caregivers to provide enjoyable play experiences for and with their children
- Learn ways libraries are incorporating play into their programs and spaces.
Who Should Attend
Children's librarians and library paraprofessional and support staff in public and school libraries who work with young children. Children's librarians and library staff who will be involved with planning, preparing and presenting workshops for adults on early literacy and school readiness. Library administrators and staff involved in designing and planning children's spaces in libraries.
Connie Wilson recently retired after 21 years in various librarian and supervisory positions at Carroll County (MD) Public Library. She has incorporated the importance of play and ways to promote children's play in workshops for librarians in various states, most recently Montana. Additionally, in Maryland she has presented workshops incorporating play to child care providers, parents and early childhood educators. Connie as lead trainer for an Early Literacy Training research study in Carroll County, recently presented ALSC/PLA webinars on training and motivating adults to foster early literacy and school readiness.