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Purposeful Play at the Morse Institute Library


About this Program

Morse Institute Library has been awarded a grant to carry out a year long project based on the Mind in the Making book by Ellen Galinsky. The book focuses on the seven essential learning and life skills obtained through a play centered model. This project will focus on the power of play through the creation of place spaces with accompanying themes. We are using many of these themes virtually to “play” together any way we can.Please enjoy our “Morse Morsels” bookmarks to enhance your home educational experiences.

Why Play?

Why is play so important?

Why play at the library? 

"Play is not frivolous; it enhances brain structure and function and promotes executive function (i.e., the process of learning, rather than the content), which allows us to pursue goals and ignore distractions."

The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children Michael Yogman, Andrew Garner, Jeffrey Hutchinson, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH, COUNCIL ON COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA Pediatrics Sep 2018, 142 (3) e20182058; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-2058

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Program paid for the federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Matching funds provided by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

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