Develop a Play Space

The resources on this page were compiled pre-pandemic to help design or enhance a play space in your library setting. These types of play spaces are on hold at the moment, of course, but could return in a modified form in the future.

  • In this hands-on guide, an early childhood specialist, a designer, and an outreach librarian take you step-by-step through the process of designing an early learning space that fits your space limitations and budget.
    Visit the ALA store to peruse a sample chapter or purchase the book.
  • This ALSC blog post on “Play in the Library” has ideas for simple, yet helpful ways to connect with children and parents through play.
  • Check out this article on “Dynamic Early Learning Spaces” in School Library Journal. It contains a variety of photos and examples of different play spaces.