Play is as important for adults as it is for kids. In times of rapid change and stress, it keeps us nimble. Whether it’s an organized game, a bit of lighthearted banter, amusement at an unusual sight, or an experiment with art or music or science, play absorbs us, even if only for a few moments at a time.

Play has many benefits. It can

  • relieve stress and improve coping skills,
  • stimulate creativity and innovation,
  • widen perspective (helping us see problems and situations in new ways),
  • develop communication and social skills,
  • increase cooperation and sharing,
  • refresh and energize us,
  • enhance learning and strategy development,
  • increase spontaneity, and
  • make us more fun to be around.

Have you forgotten how to play?

  • Play with your kids or play with toys (Lego bricks, playdoh, jigsaw puzzles).
  • Organize a night out with friends – night golf, trivia quiz, bowling.
  • Come to a game night, arcade night, laughter yoga, or a craft event at the library.
  • Go to a park – throw a frisbee, fly a kite, or hike a trail.
  • Play with a pet (if you don’t have one, you can foster one through Austin Pets Alive! or the Austin Humane Society).
  • Surround yourself with playful people; joke with strangers.
  • Take up a hobby – woodworking, gardening, painting, cooking, knitting, collecting.
  • Join a choir.
  • Volunteer somewhere fun (I can recommend the library!).
  • Slow down – smell the roses, notice a rainbow, watch the rain on your window, track the phases of the moon, watch cat videos.

At the library, we hope to help you navigate 2019 with more opportunities to play. Watch our calendar for all age events. Join your neighbors for community gatherings. Come and learn something new just for fun. Tell us your best joke.

Join us in our resolution to play every day – even if just for a minute or two.

Looking forward to spending the new year with you!