In October, we will begin work on the youth department renovation, creating dedicated spaces for both pre-school and school-aged children. This is when you’ll begin to see the direct results of our Connect, Grow, Discover, Together campaign. Thanks to our generous business donors, the structure can be a grocery store, an artisan’s workshop, a bank, and a real estate agency. We hope to have the new structure installed by November.

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.”

Here are examples of what the Library hopes to purchase:

For younger children

  • A versatile indoor play structure with toys and props for imaginative play to help children pretend.
  • Themed learning panels that will encourage interaction between caregiver and child, with open-ended questions to spark conversation and curiosity.
  • Cozy places for one-on-one play, sharing a book or reading alone.

For older children

  • Interactive elements such as magnetic poetry, whiteboard or chalkboard walls, an Everbrite light board or art gallery space.
  • Flexible furnishings and fun décor that can support group work, teaching and tutoring, and small group programs.
  • Active spaces for gaming (including board games), problem-solving activities, and sharing art and literature.