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The power of play : designing early learning spaces
Stoltz, Dorothy, author.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015.
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xvii, 204 pages : illustrations, forms ; 28 cm
Play is important for children's growth and development, and more and more play areas are designed specifically for very young children. Designing early learning places extends beyond the library into library gardens, the community mall, and the homeless shelter. It's what you do with the space to create a "place" that will magnetically draw children into the kind of play that engages and inspires them.--
Harnessing the play dimension -- A jumping off place -- Activating the power of play -- Guideposts for the journey -- Spruce up and lighten up -- Simple practices -- Play pioneers -- Storyville -- The new frontier -- First steps to success -- Fundamental design considerations -- Creating playscape champions -- Embrace your ideal -- Whack on the side of the head -- Planning secrets for small, mid-size, and large play environments -- Your design crew -- Toy trouble -- Play roundup.
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Z718.1 .S76 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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School Library Journal Review

By now, most people who are involved in early childhood development know about the importance of play. Research has confirmed that play is vital for a child's healthy growth and development. Traveling around a community, one sees more and more play areas designed specifically for very young children. However, for librarians, incorporating play areas into an existing library or, if you're lucky enough, a renovation or new building project, is not something that comes easily. What kinds of materials should you buy? What furniture will work best? How will you designate and support the different ages and stages of a child's life? And how, most importantly, do you design a space aligned to your specific library size, funding, and staff? These and other hefty questions are answered in this important text. It's hard not to get a serious case of library envy as the authors highlight some wonderful "Play-and-Learn Destinations." Librarians may even be inspired to take a road trip to see some of the sites. The authors describe how the various libraries maintain their areas to keep it exciting and fun for the children who visit. Especially useful are the appendices that include sample floor plans, surveys, activity plans, logic models, evaluation plans, and guidelines for cleaning. VERDICT For librarians thinking about incorporating any kind of play area into the children's library, this is an essential purchase.-Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.