Looking to expand your entertainment options? Check out some of our favorite toys and games offered by libraries across the country:
- Build vocabulary and math skills and learn about American history with Brain Quest from Ann Arbor Public Library.
- Havelock Public Library (North Carolina) received funding and a grant to support fun and educational toys and games for caretakers and families to enjoy.
- A children’s librarian at the Ottendorfer branch of the New York Public Library started an informal lending program just for American Girl dolls—expensive toys that not everyone can afford.
- Pasco County Library System (Florida) offers dozens of adaptive toys suited for kids of all needs.
- Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio) provides more than 700 toys, ranging from stackable blocks to fraction games to baby basketball.
- Denver Public Library’s ideaLAB recently held a “toy hacking” event where thrift store toys found new life with LED light installations and motorized limbs.
What toys or games does your library offer? Share a story or two with us on Twitter.
Note: This post is part of our “Beyond Books” series. From time to time, we’ll be sharing examples of unique lending programs, events, and outreach that libraries are offering.