We are delighted to be hosting author Peter Gray (April 26, 7pm, Laura’s Library) for the second of a three-part talk he is giving in Austin, based on his book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.

Dr. Gray’s research and writing focus on the natural way that children learn through play. Gray demonstrates how children acquire the ability to solve problems, negotiate relationships, and cope with adversity through self-directed play and discovery. These skills are essential in an ever-changing world. The alternative education Gray proposes can replace or supplement traditional education. Join us on April 26, 7pm, at Laura’s Library to hear about his research and to ask questions.

Self-education is at the heart of the public library mission. At Westbank Libraries, we are embracing the idea of free play in discovery-based programs, presenting opportunities for kids to explore their interests in a stimulus rich environment. And we’re making sure it’s fun!  Join us for Free Play & Food Trucks every Monday through summer, Laura’s Library at 4:30.


  • April 25 • 7:00pm • Abrome, 10201 Aqua Azul Ct.
    What is Self-Directed Education and How Do We Know It Works
  • April 26 • 7:00pm • Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd.
    Play Deficit Disorder: A National Crisis and How to Solve It Locally Watch the livestream on YouTube
  • April 27 • 7:00pm • Clearview Sudbury School, 1507 Wilshire Blvd.
    The Biology of Education: How Children’s Natural Curiosity, Playfulness and Sociability Serve Their Education

Dr. Gray is a research professor at Boston College, author of the text book Psychology (in its 8th edition), and a contributor for Psychology Today, where he maintains a blog Freedom to Learn.