Something I have been informally studying that I’d like to share with you is the importance of play in our lives. Whether you are a child or an adult, chronologically or emotionally, we all need some form of play in our lives. Play is transformative. MRIs show that a brain of someone that plays is more developed and sometimes bigger than that of someone who doesn’t. Dr Stuart Brown is a psychiatrist and clinician who is one of the pioneers in play research, has said, “Play is something done for its own sake. It’s voluntary, it’s pleasurable, it offers a sense of engagement, it takes you out of time. And the act itself is more important than the outcome.” Dr Brown gave a wonderful TED talk in 2008 about play. In it, he discusses the types of play (body, object, spectator, imaginative, etc.) and the role Play plays in our development. He was also interviewed by NPR in a piece they did on why adults need recess as much as kids do.
One of my goals with the Adult Services Programming is to bring some opportunities for you to come play with us and in turn learn some new things, meet some new people, and grow some new skills that will, I hope, transform your life for the better. One of my favorite types of play as an adult is interactive storytelling, and one of the ways I get to do this is by playing improv with my friends. To that end, we will be bringing improv and play to the library on Wednesday, March 25th at 7 pm: a class on the basics of theater/comedy improvisation. It’s very basic, everyone is welcome. No prior anything required except a willingness to interact with others and a desire to have fun. I hope you’ll join us!