If you think that nothing new can come out of your local library, think again. Cuyahoga Cunty Public Library (CCPL) in Parma Ohio, decided to expand their children’s toys circulating collection from one branch to all 28 locations. "Customers can reserve a toy through the library’s web site, and pick it up at a branch of their choosing. They can be borrowed for three weeks at a time and are renewable.", reads an article in Library Journal. For ease of use, the 300 and so, toys are organized in age-level categories and each one is accompanied by a brief description.
The San Francisco Public Library also implemented an original idea : Book-a-Librarian service, which allows patrons to schedule a 30-minute session with a librarian for help. So far, "among the 50 people who have had appointments thus far, most have been elderly, new Americans, or job seekers."
Library Journal specifies that the idea for Book-a-Librarian service is already available in academic and public libraries in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, and Sweden and that in the US some small libraries, such as the Indian Prairie Public Library, IL, and Curtis Public Library, Brunswick, ME, have their own version of this service too.
I wish libraries in my childhood were renting toys to kids, there are still so many toys that I want to play with.