The Harrison Public Library Foundation’s Play2Learn Festival drew record crowds to the library on Saturday, September 8. An estimated 3,000 kids and their parents thronged Ma Riis Park and the downtown library itself in celebration of play as a learning process.
“We are very pleased by the overwhelming response to our third annual Play2Learn Festival,” says Harrison Public Library Director Galina Chernykh. “It really shows how important the library is to the Harrison community.”
The festival was free to the public since costs of the event were entirely covered by donations “Generous donations from individuals and local businesses make the Play2Learn Festival possible,” says Dave Donelson, president of the Harrison Public Library Foundation. “The Festival is a prime example of how donors can do something tangible to enhance the quality of life in Harrison.”
Library staff and a bevy of nearly 50 volunteers were key to the success of the event, according to Festival Chairperson Fran Brescia-Coniglio. “Volunteers set up the activity zones, helped attendees throughout the day, and returned the park and library to pristine condition afterward.”
Eight play zones were themed for physical, music, creative, science, make believe, technology, construction, and sensory activities at the festival. They were full of games, experiments, projects, and experiences for kids of all ages. Parents were encouraged to participate, too, since one of the goals of the annual festival is to expose them to the play-to-learn concept.
The Harrison Public Library is at 2 Bruce Avenue in Harrison, NY.