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A new kind of library - Minneapolis Toy Library

2020-01-06 12:00 PM | Anonymous

Did you know? The Minneapolis Toy Library is a lending program for families with children ages birth - 5 years. Like a book library, you can check out toys, take them home for up to 4 weeks, and then exchange them for new ones when you return!

With a mission to reduce waste, promote development, and build community, the Minnesota Toy Library offers a sliding scale for their annual membership ($40-$100) depending on what works best for your family.

Located in the basement of the Richfield Lutheran Church, the toy library offers an opportunity for families to connect with one another while supporting their child(ren)’s development through play and reducing their impact on the environment.

Toys are broken up into categories:

  • Board Games
  • Blocks
  • Dramatic Play
  • Fine Motor
  • Large Motor
  • Literacy
  • Manipulatives
  • Math and Cognitive
  • Music
  • Puzzles
  • Science and Sensory
  • Vehicles
  • Toy Library Kits (this includes trip kits and birthday kits) 

Here are some helpful tips for your first visit:

  • They accept cash, check or credit 
  • You'll fill out a digital membership form at the library
  • Consider signing up for our volunteer membership for only $20 (check out the details on the membership page!)
  • Bring a large bag to haul your toys home
  • There is a small flight of stairs you have to go down - leave strollers outside or right inside the doors
Check out for more information!

Reuse Minnesota was founded in 2012 and is a member-based nonprofit that supports repair, resale, and rental businesses, bringing visibility to the reuse sector as a means to lower our state's impact on the environment.

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