Sacramento Public Library

Play Summit Success

Designed to spotlight the importance of play in children’s lives, this event drew 122 people to the Library Galleria on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Sacramento Public Library’s 2013 Sacramento Play Summit was a huge success, thanks to sponsor ScholarShare Speaks, our partner Fairytale Town, our dynamic speakers, and each and every one of the 122 people who attended the event on Saturday at the Library Galleria.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the Sacramento area, the all-day Play Summit was designed to show how play is vital to children’s cognitive, emotional and physical development.

“Play is more important to a child’s development than many people realize,” said Zeny Agullana, executive director of the ScholarShare Investment Board, “It sparks the imagination, stimulates creativity and enhances critical thinking.”

We are especially grateful to ScholarShare, who sponsored the event, providing $5,000 each to the Library and Fairytale Town in addition to canvas tote bags for everyone who attended. We would also like to thank our keynote speakers, Dr. Melissa Arca, children’s author Barney Saltzberg, and Myla Marks, director of training at Playworks, a nonprofit organization that organizes constructive play programs at schools.

Barnes & Noble contributed to the success of the event by donating 25% of the sales of Saltzberg’s books to Sacramento Public Library and Fairytale Town. The bookseller brought 120 books to the event and left with only five unsold.

Stay tuned to, where we will post Play Summit presentations as they become available.

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