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“Purposeful Play for the Youngest Learners: Early Literacy from Birth to Age Five”

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies is pleased to present a talk by Betsy Diamant-Cohen entitled “Purposeful play for the youngest learners: early literacy from birth to age five”.  Betsy’s talk will take place Wednesday, April 2nd, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm, in The Dodson Room, Room 302, Level 3, Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, University of British Columbia. Refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
  • Time: noon to 1:00 pm
  • Where: The Dodson Room, Room 302, Level 3, Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, University of British Columbia

Although library service to children was once mainly focused on books, today play is also a strong component. Children learn best through play. Library programs that incorporate purposeful play experiences can give children (and their parents) opportunities for practicing self-regulation, experiencing positive reinforcement, and developing pre-reading skills.  Playful early literacy programs (such as Mother Goose on the Loose) in public libraries help children build school readiness skills; they also teach parents about easy activities to replicate at home that help with their child’s development. Hear about some fun activities with seriously helpful benefits that can be used with even the youngest library visitors!