Play With Purpose at the Hillsboro Public Library

  • Theresa Misenti Hillsboro Public Libraries
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The Hillsboro Public Library (HPL) has two very active branches that serve the robust youth population of Hillsboro. Our Vision Statement is “Welcoming and inclusive, the Hillsboro Public Library is a world-class system where our entire community gathers, connects, and explores.” Our mission is simply: “For Everyone/Para Todos.” We were ready to live up to our vision of a world-class system for our community.

In the spring of 2018, I worked as a practicum student at the HPL-Brookwood main branch as a requirement for my library science degree. I was issued the challenge to create a more playful, engaging experience in the library for the children we serve in the community. The Power of Play states “As libraries continue to compete with television, technology, and commercial endeavors, staying focused on a library’s purpose to develop human potential is our best response. Transforming underutilized public spaces into dynamic early learning places is a great starting point” (Stoltz, Conner & Bradberry, 2015). While we deliver stellar programming that is well-attended, the children’s collection area was ready for an update.


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Author Biography

Theresa Misenti, Hillsboro Public Libraries

Theresa Misenti has a background in design. She currently runs the Collaboratory makerspaces at both Hillsboro Public Library branches in Washington County. Theresa enjoys paper crafting, fiber arts, and looks forward to dipping her toe into circuitry. Her job is never boring: her favorite days involve taking the 3D printer apart to troubleshoot an issue. The best part of her job is helping people use equipment they would not have access to if the library didn’t provide it.

How to Cite
Misenti, T. (2020). Play With Purpose at the Hillsboro Public Library. OLA Quarterly, 25(4), 5-14.