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Did you know that playing together is one of the five components of early literacy?  That means that every time you play with your child, you are helping them learn!  At the La Crosse Public Library, we love to have our families visit us and play together at the train station, the Lego wall, the play kitchen and more.  You can tell stories at the puppet stage, pretend to help a sick pet at our vet station, and solve the mysteries of whose bones are whose on the chalk wall!

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics came right out and said that doctors should be prescribing play to their patients in order to encourage strong, healthy development!  They stated that "the benefits of play are extensive and well documented and include improvements in executive functioning, language, early math skills (numerosity and spatial concepts), social development, peer relations, physical development and health, and an enhanced sense of agency." 

So, next time you're visiting the library to pick up books, why not stay and play awhile?  We'd love to see you!