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A Toy Library That Saves Money and Promotes Imagination

Toybrary Austin was created to provide a positive, clean, welcoming environment in which children, parents, and teachers can interact and learn. Owner Liza Wilson has worked in education for the past 20 years, in settings from public school to Montessori to the French education system. She also spent several years supervising student teachers and first year teachers, as well as working for Head Start. She is a very proud aunt to Jack, Emily, Caroline, and Joe.

Our space is divided into sections: a play area for kids, shelves of toys for checkout, and an enclosed room for birthday parties, parenting classes, children’s classes, and other events. Meet a friend at Toybrary Austin and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while your children play in the play area. Then pick some toys to check out and take home. Toybrary Austin stocks beautiful, high-quality, educational toys for children ages 6 months through 5 years old. Many older children and parents can be found enjoying our more challenging toys and games as well.

Drop-in for our many special events, including Staci Gray concerts, puppet shows, teddy bear picnics, balloon twisting, story time, and even parent’s nights out!

There are lots of great reasons to try a toy library!

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Happy Wallets

Try before you buy! Your child can try out a toy to see if he or she likes it before you decide whether to buy it.Cost-prohibitive toys you might not otherwise buy are fully available to your children. Most families will save around $400/year if they borrow toys rather then buy them.

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Happy Kids

Kids are happiest when their minds are stimulated! You can keep them interested by coming back as often as you like, and replacing old toys with new ones when they are ready to move on. Children are able to explore their own areas of interest, including concepts of literacy, art, movement, math, pretend play, culture, and scientific thinking.

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Less Clutter

Borrowing toys–rather than buying them–helps you maintain a more orderly home, free of toy clutter. Your child may select and return toys on a regular basis, eliminating stacks of toys to get rid of later. If you don’t have room for larger toys in your home, your child can still enjoy our bigger toys temporarily without you having to worry about where to keep them long-term.

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Less Waste

One toy is shared between many different families, instead of each of those families purchasing many copies of that toy, thereby reducing environmental impact.

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Teaches Values

Children must be taught about honesty, patience, courtesy, promptness, cooperation and responsibility. Taking care of and returning toys on time helps teach them these values.