Toy Library

Toy Library - Toy libraries work like normal book libraries. One can borrow toys, puzzles and DVDs.
@SViswan (12072)
India
April 24, 2010 10:42pm CST
Heard of a toy library? The concept of a toy library is comparatively new in India (though I've been a member of one for the past 4 years). The toy library is the answer to shrinking cupboard space, skyrocketing prices and quickly tiring kids. It functions the same as a book library. One can borrow toys, puzzles and DVDs. They are wallet friendly and children get something new to play with regularly. One can go to the store and pick up the toys the children like or order online and have it delivered. All the toys are sterilized and battery fitted before the next member takes them. We have 2-3 toy libraries in the area I stay at (they deliver anywhere in the city). I have found this to be convenient. I don't have to buy all the toys in the market to see which one my sons like. And if I find one that my little one is really fond of, I go out and buy just that instead of having to spend money on toys that he tires of easily and has to be disposed of. Do you have a toy library in your neighbourhood? If not, it could be a business option for many you who are looking for extra income :)
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@drannhh (15210)
• United States
25 Apr 10
That is a really good idea. One city where I used to live has a tool library, which is also a wonderful idea. But, no, I don't think I ever heard of a toy library. Many libraries have some toys lying around to use there, but to my knowledge they were not checked out for kids to take home. Maybe I should suggest that to our public library. People would donate toys and then the library could charge a nominal fee. That would be really cool.
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
25 Apr 10
Toy libraries are great for people with children. This place is exclusively for children. Your library could probably have a different wing for a toy library (children tend to make noise, you know...lol) We are also able to donate toys (in good condition) to the toy library. The toy library I frequent allows the children to use the toys at their premises for free. That also is a good idea for moms with very little children looking for interaction with other children and their moms (or even dads). The toys are clean and checked when returned. If I feel my son likes one of the toys we have borrowed and would use it for a longer period of time, I go out and get one for him. But the library works for me...to borrow toys that he would tire of easily. I don't need to waste money on those...and then figure out where to store them. And my little one has very expensive taste and he tires easily of the toys that are made just for fun.
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@drannhh (15210)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Here the teenagers are allowed to make noise. They are LOUD, too.
• Philippines
25 Apr 10
Hi, honesty this is the first time that I have heard such thing and I find it really interesting. I don't think have one here from where I live at. As a soon to be mother I think this is really a good thing because you don't have to buy all the toys for the little one and all you can do is borrow it and it is not that expensive. You are right that if the kid loves it them that would be the best time to buy one for him/her. I agree with you that this could be a good business opportunity to earn extra income. I guess I needto study on this more. Thanks for sharing!!!
@SViswan (12072)
• India
25 Apr 10
HI, Kenchiprincess...it's a new concept in India too...it's come up in the main cities but not anywhere else. Buying toys for most kids is a big thing especially when you do not know their tastes. Some kids like a toy at the store but tire of it in a couple of days or week. And each child is different. My older son loved his toys...the educational ones we got him and he would play the same one over and over again. With our little one, we found he tires of toys and then I had a harder time figuring out where to store his toys without it being strewed around with no one using them. He also didn't like his older brother's toys that we preserved (tastes are different) and we needed to go out and buy new things for him ...and when we did that we found that he had quite expensive tastes ...even at the age of 3..lol. So, the library worked out better for us. The toy library we use also lets the kids visit the premise and play with the toys there for free...only thing is we cannot borrow it without paying a membership fee...but we can use it at the premises and the children also get to learn and share because there are other kids there who might want the same toy. It also is a good place to introduce very young children to other children and new toys.
• India
22 Feb 11
Toy Library is a good idea and should not be thought as an business otherwise there will be no difference between a toy store and a toy library, It will be better if some Not for profit organizations come forward for this task and help the community.
@maximax8 (27954)
• United Kingdom
30 Apr 10
In my local neighborhood there is a toy library owned by the local council. Members are playgroup leaders, childminders and individual families that go to one of the children's centers. Our family belong to the toy library and we managed to join it because my son attends playgroup for disabled children is attached to a children's center. We can borrow two toys a month. The toy library has one session at the children's center on the first Wednesday of the month. I love the fact that I can give my children's some toys and then give them back when they grow tired of the toys. Toys can be expensive and some take up lots of space. Borrowing rather than buying is superb. I wish that every family could join the toy library but it is only possible for an individual family to join through a children's center.
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
30 Apr 10
Oh, it's great that you can avail of this facility in your area. Here the toy libraries are open to the public and not really attached to a public library. I was thinking of starting one myself. Sounds like something I'd love to do...I'm missing my kindergarten teacher job.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
26 Apr 10
Hi Sv....Well I never heard of toy libraries when my kids were younger,or else I am sure I could have saved a fortune that I spent on the toys that I had to buy for them, when they were younger...My elder was crazy about cars,and never got tired of buying and playing with new ones everyday...He still is crazy about them ,but now buys the original ones and that too with his own earnings........ And the younger was always crazy about GI Joe and had a pretty good collection of these and other stuff like He-man,and what not...Even now he sometimes plays video games ,with these characters on his lap top,and often by pooling in his class mats who are spread throughout the country,on the internet...... Some kids never grow up....he..,he.....
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
27 Apr 10
My younger one is crazy about cars (vehicles actually)....and that's where this library helps. I will buy the cars because he wants his own but I am able to introduce other toys without having to buy them and have him tire out of it pretty soon. I had never heard of a toy library when my older child was younger (now he's into books)but I guess, I would have ended up having to buy a lot of puzzles because he loves doing and re-doing those. We have so many of his...that right now I'm making him re-do them and then sticking them on cardboard and going to frame them. Isn't it a good thing that some kids don't grow up?:)
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
26 Apr 10
no.. i dont think we have that concept here, yet.. but i do think it is a good idea.. it would be 'money-saving' if we could 'rent/borrow' games/toys before we actually buy them - just to try them out, or see how long our kidz will really enjoy playing them.. currently, we have this kind of concept in hotels, or resorts.. the hotels would provide boardgames, cards, puzzles - for their inhouse guests to borrow during their stay..
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
26 Apr 10
We have a few toy libraries here....but none at my hometown and I am thinking of starting one there. Just a spark of an idea. let's see how it goes.
@qamarep (4450)
• Pakistan
26 Apr 10
wow borrow the toys .. thats the best idea for parents if they cant afford them.. but what if they are broken
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
26 Apr 10
The toys for the very little children are pretty sturdy stuff...wooden and hard plastic..so can't be easily broken...unless they are very rough with it...which of course, is the parents' responsibility to take care of...just like books in a library are to be taken care of. I think the kids can also be taught responsible behaviour this way. My son hasn't broken any toy yet...though he is rough and I need to keep an eye. They probably will charge a certain amount if the toy needs to be replaced.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
25 Apr 10
Here in our place, I know of one such library that provides toys and children stuffs. You can browse through their catalogue and order online. They do give free home delivery and promises of sterilisation and all that matters. But recently, an issue came up and they are being grilled. I must not comment becuase I do not know about it in detail but i just hope the issue resolves soon. It is definitely a great idea.
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
26 Apr 10
Yes, they do promise to clean and sterilize the toys...so far there has not been any untoward incident where I take my kids....but the CDs we've borrowed never work. Delivery of the toys is free too.
@GardenGerty (98144)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Our local library has educational toys, videos and read along books with recordings They have had for years and it was always so much fun to borrow them and use them at home.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
25 Apr 10
Though it is a relatively new concept in India, I was sure it would already be in place in the US and UK. I didn't know of it when my older son was younger and anyways he probably wouldn't have needed it either. He was very clear about what toys he wanted and used them imaginatively too. But with my younger one, buying new toys is a challenge and the library works great for me.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
29 May 10
Well i never had such library nearby. But this seems to be really a nice concept and a good one.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
19 Feb 11
Sorry, I missed seeing your response. Yes, it's a pretty new concept in India.
• Bangladesh
26 Apr 10
Toy Library is a very new concept. It will be liked by children . Isn't it? Comment plssssssssssss
@SViswan (12072)
• India
27 Apr 10
Yes, the children love it...it's like being let loose at a toy shop and being allowed to touch and use EVERYTHING! The library we use allows the kids to use the toys at the premises for free. We pay only if we need to borrow it. Many parents with very young kids use this time to socialize and spend time there with their kids and other people and their kids.
@Naisan (215)
• Philippines
25 Apr 10
cool but i think one needs to have a large capital starting up the business, knowing that toys these days are expensive
@SViswan (12072)
• India
25 Apr 10
Not just the capital for toys, one needs a place too. But the library we go to is a very small place with shelves that store the toys...and we also can use the place to use the toys for free right there. The space is comparatively less and the maximum no. of people that can be there are 3 adults and 3 kids. But it still had lots of people using the library. Larger toy libraries have opened in our area. One can start with fewer toys ...for fewer people...say only the families in the apartment complex..or only the people in the same street one stays at...and then expand. The investment in that case would be lower (one wouldn't need to buy 2-3 sets of the same toy). People also donate toys in good conditions to this library. With a little help from friends who have finished with the toys, one can start a small library.
@ElicBxn (60823)
• United States
25 Apr 10
I have heard of these, but since I don't have kids and my cats are pretty destructive, I don't think its a business I could get into.