It’s been a long time since I’ve had a toddler at my house, so when I got news that my three-year-old great niece was coming for a visit I knew I had to get my hands on some children’s books and toys. The Children’s Room came to my rescue, with age-appropriate reading suggestions from Nancy and a rack full of toys in bags that I could browse.
I checked out four toys and six books, and everything got a once-over by my visitor as she unpacked the book bag and took the toys our of their plastic bags. Alas, we didn’t actually read any of the books–I think we needed to get more settled than their short visit allowed–but the toys were a hit.
My selections were the Kidnoculars. The puppets got a little bit of play and the puzzle was taken apart and put back together again with some help, but it was the Kidnoculars that were the big hit. The plastic binoculars have 2x magnification and do not require focusing. They are light, easy to use, and were perfect for scouting the yard for birds. They also had to come along on a short walk we took down the alley.
The bags of toys in the Children’s Room are all listed in the catalog and check out for three weeks. The labels on the bags give the suggested age range to help you pick out appropriate materials for the children you are playing with. The labels also contain a description of the contents, so you can be sure you have all the parts back in the bags before returning them to the Library.
The toy collection is great for someone like me, who needs toys only occasionally. It also can be helpful for families with children and toys already at home by providing a way to try out new kinds of entertainment. The toys are a popular collection so what’s available will be different each time you come in and browse the shelf.