Brighton District Library Has
Big Plans for Youth Department
BRIGHTON, MI – April 10, 2019 — The best kind of play helps kids learn, and the Brighton District Library is raising funds to include an active learning and play structure as part of its renovation effort.
“We want to provide the kind of environment that encourages interactive and imaginative play for children of all ages,” said Library Director, Cindy Mack.
For example, Mack said one of the things the Library wants to offer is a versatile play structure that could be a veterinary clinic one day, a farmer’s market the next, and the stage for a puppet show the day after that. For each scenario the library would provide toys and props that would make it fun and easy for the kids to pretend.
Head of Youth Services, Carla Sharp, said that research shows high-quality play is important for kids’ development.
“Play is how kids learn, but not all play is created equal,” Sharp said. “The best kind of play calls upon a child’s imagination and creativity. It also involves social interaction with other people, and conversation – that’s really important for language development. One of the key phrases in the field right now is ‘Talking Is Teaching.’ That’s why many of the items we want to purchase will encourage conversation.”