Philadelphia Toy Library

I found myself standing in front of a bulletin board today that was labeled “Tidbits for Parents.” It was in the back of an upscale Center City preschool, and since I didn’t have much else to do, I started aimlessly reading. One “tidbit” in particular caught my eye. It was for a newly established Toy Library at the Holy Trinity Church at 22nd and Spruce. They started this program back in January as a way for parents to offer age-appropriate toys to their kids at a low cost. The membership is $50 for the year and they are open on Wednesdays from 9 am until 12 noon and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 11 am until 1 pm.

This reminds me of what my mom used to do when I was little. We’d go to the thriftstore about once a week, and her first stop would be the toy section. She’d pick out something for me to play with as I sat in the cart while she shopped. By the end of the shopping trip, I’d have gotten tired of it and she’d just put it back. A slightly less hygenic and very low-rent version of a Toy Library.

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