Toy Lending Library

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    What is a toy lending library?

    Contact Us / Hours of Operation

    Dr. Lorie Rowles, MS, OTR/L
    Associate Professor
    Occupational Therapy

    Hours of Operation:

    Beginning May 2nd, the Toy Library will be open by appointment only during the summer months.


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    The toy library will be closed from Wednesday, March 23rd through Monday, March 28th and will reopen on Tuesday, March 29th.

    The purpose of a toy lending library is to lend toys free-of-charge to families in the community. Play Works Toy Lending Library was founded in 2009 by Dr. Lorie Rowles. The program was designed to meet the needs of the community for all children from birth to eight years of age so that children have the opportunity to engage in play for development.









    Play Works Toy Lending Library is located on the ground floor of the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness in room D-001 - Lang Pediatrics Room





    Play is a child’s occupation, it is an important activity to promote growth and development and to learn how to problem solve and learn skills needed to become a healthy adult. Play teaches children about their bodies, how to play by the rules, to develop social skills, to develop strength and coordination, and to learn how to work as part of a team.

    Available Toys

    What parents are saying

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    “Our daughter loves the Toy Library! She can’t wait to come back!”

    “By coming to the Toy Lending Library, my child learned how to use scissors for the first time!”

    “We like coming here because it gives our son a lot of different toys to play with that he doesn’t have at home.”

    “My child has so much fun here!”

    “When my grandchildren visit, we like to come here to play!”

    Toys may be signed out for seven days.

    • Puzzles
    • Transportation Toys (trucks, cars,fire trucks, etc.)
    • Games
    • Manipulative Toys
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Blocks & Legos®
    • Action Figures
    • Adventure Playsets (fire stations, farms, castles, etc.)
    • Kitchen Centers
    • Dolls
    • Dollhouses
    • Books
    • Balls
    • Bicycles
    • Musical

    Reasons to Come to Play Works Toy Lending Library

    1. Toys for children birth to eight years old
    2. Children of all abilities are welcome
    3. Dedicated, professional staff trained in selecting age and developmentally appropriate toys for your child
    4. Group activities offered
    5. Promotes interaction between parent/guardian and child
    6. Provides toys that promote thinking and movement skills
    7. Promotes social interaction & self-esteem
    8. Resource for trying out new toys prior to purchasing them
    9. Resource for the community including parents, guardians/caregivers, grandparents, and healthcare and education professionals
    10. Because it’s free & fun!

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