PRODUCTS & SERVICES
While the Play Library is, at its core, a simple lending library, it’s really much more than that. We:
Provide safe, quality toys and games to children and families of all socio-economic levels.
Promote creativity, confidence and development through positive play.
Promote environmental practices by sanitizing and reusing/recycling toys.
Advance children’s sense of responsibility through praise and reward.
Support families, parents and caregivers and encourage them to spend time playing with their children…and each other.
Disseminate information and promote discussion on the importance of play.
Host family and friend game-nights, events, and parties.
Create a stronger community.
And finally, provide Emergency 24/7 toy hospital care. Bring your toy in and our skilled toy docs will do their very best to fix it. If it simply cannot be fixed, you may choose to add it to the Play Library toy parts department. We’ll host regular events where you come and make new toys out of toy parts!
FREQUENTLY STATED CONCERNS
Kid-germs freak me out. How will you keep the toys clean and sanitized? Let me start out by saying that we will not carry or loan any plush/stuffed animals or soft dolls. Why? Bedbugs. We don't want em and you don't want em. That said, upon return, no toy is re-shelved until it is thoroughly scrubbed with a green/non-toxic sanitizing solution and/or sanitized in a (high heat) dishwasher, washing machine.
What if the toy breaks or we lose pieces? Play Library understands that toys will break and pieces will get lost. This is all part of being a kid. Thankfully, we have a toy parts department where we can either replace the missing piece, or the toy goes into the toy parts department to be made into a new toy! If your child consistently returns toys broken or missing pieces, there will be a small fee and we’ll send your child home with a puppy! (That’s a joke - we keep the puppy. That's also a joke - there's no puppy involved at all.) Likely, your child will not be able to take a toy out again for a week. We think that’s fair. Don’t you?
Julia Rose Fischer, the gusto behind Play Library, has been in the toy and children’s entertainment/ edutainment industry for a ton of years. She helped create and launch multiple award-winning toy lines and was key in winning a $35 million grant to create a new media-based intellectual property, with funding from the US Department of Education (having nothing to do with Play Library). Julia served on the L.A. regional board of the non-profit Indego Africa, and is a die-hard fan of ice cream, robots, and kids who end their sentences with “and then”. She lives in Covington with her partner, William, without whom she couldn't have done this (seriously, you guys), and their scrappy part dog, part sheep-goat, part noodle, Monkie.
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