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W-E Library launches toy library

Sep 29, 2018 12:27PM
The Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library has launched a brand new toy library.  The toy library includes over 70 toys that can be checked out at the Willoughby and Willowick branches with a library card for 21 days.  Many of the toys have been adapted for children with special needs.

The Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library worked with RePlay for Kids, a 501c3 nonprofit organization of volunteers who repair and adapt toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities in northeast Ohio.  Library staff members participated in a toy adaptation workshop to better learn how an adapted toy works and how to repair them.  An adapted toy is one that has been manipulated for ease of use for children with dexterity issues, typically by adding a large switch that can be pushed.

The W-E Play Toy Library was made possible through the contribution of Angela Bair and the generosity of local businesses and community partners.  The W-E Play Toy Library is the first of its kind in Lake County and would not have been possible without their support. 

The W-E Play Toy Library is available to library card holders in good standing.  Up to three toys per family may be checked out and toys must be returned to the checkout desk at the library they were borrowed from.  A late fee of $.10 per day will be incurred for overdue items.
To complement the toy library, adapted programming is also available at four Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library locations:

Storytime: Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged.  Content is geared for ages 3-7 but all ages are welcome. (Eastlake, Willoughby and Willowick Libraries)

LEGO Club: This LEGO Club is specifically for children with special needs and their families.  They provide the LEGOs and the children provide the imagination.  All ages are welcome.  (Willowick Library)

The Young and the Restless: A popular music and movement class for 2-4 year olds with shakers, bubbles, the parachute and more. Not recommended for children with difficulties in loud environments but a great way to get the wiggles out! (Eastlake, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills and Willowick Libraries).

In addition to the Adapted Toy Library and special programming, there will be sensory kits available at each library location for children who are sensitive to noise.  The kits will include a pair of headphones, a stress therapy squeeze ball and a fidget toy for children to use while in the library if they are feeling overwhelmed by noise or activity.

A list of all toys in the W-E Play Toy Library and a calendar of events can be found at we247.org.