Coker Library Hosts Book Discussion of “Play”

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Oct. 7, 2011 – Professor of Education Darlene Maxwell and students taking her course on the materials and methods of early childhood education will host a discussion of the best-seller “Play” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the faculty research room of the Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library Information-Technology Center.

In “Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul” author and physician Dr. Stuart Brown argues that play is no less important than oxygen and that it's a powerful force in nature that helps determine the likelihood of the very survival of the human race.

Having studied thousands of people's play histories, from murderers to Nobel Prize winners, Brown reveals that play is an essential way humans learn to socialize.

Coker College is also a major advocate for play. Each year the Coker Education Department hosts “Play Day” for hundreds of local children to promote the importance of play and to honor young children and those who nurture them.

This book discussion is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information on public programs and activities at the library, call 383-8125 or visit



Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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