Turning Our Neighborhoods into ‘Playborhoods’

Remember when kids used to play outside for hours at a time, only to return home at dinnertime? As more and more kids spend most of their times in front of a screen, these days there are many who can’t relate to that. Mike Lanza hopes to change this culture. He’s authored a book, “Playborhood,” on how to make neighborhoods the best possible place for children to play and connect. He will be visiting Somerville City Hall (second floor) from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, to conduct a community workshop about how to devise strategies to solve this problem. The Somerville Public Library has several of his books on display on the second floor of the Central Branch for interested parties to borrow in advance of his workshop. Reserve your copy from the Minuteman Library Network here.
"Playborhood" book display at the Central Branch. "Playborhood" book display at the Central Branch.

While at the workshop, participants will exchange ideas with a panel of city leaders and policy makers and their neighbors on how to make Somerville a safe and exciting place for children to learn and grow outdoors. All Somerville residents are welcome to attend. The event is co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, the Recreation Department, and the Somerville Public Library. For more information about Lanza, his book and his ideas, visit http://playborhood.com/.

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