Getting Ready for Play! Toy Collections in Public Libraries

Carly Bastiansen, Jennifer Wharton


Looking for a lively way to enhance early literacy services at your library? Hoping to increase circulation, community engagement, and fun in the children’s section? Consider adding circulating toys, games, puppets, and puzzles to your children’s collection.

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