|A young child enjoying play in Bloomer|
I came across this article in the Cap Times, written by pediatrician, librarian, and extraordinary Wisconsinite Dr. Dipesh Navsari. It draws attention to the importance of play experiences for children, and how crucial it is for kids to have opportunities for play in childcare and school settings. And libraries are perfectly positioned to help with this, too.
Because it is play, many people don't understand the developmental tasks that can best be accomplished by it. If you have to argue for the importance of early childhood play areas in your library, or if you are trying to figure out the best way to talk to funders, directors, board members, and families about play, take a look at Dr. Navsaria's article, or better yet, at the most recent article on the topic from the American Academy of Pediatrics!