Library Collecting Toys

ST. MARYS — A local library is looking to get "showered" with toys this holiday season in hopes of enhancing its toy collection.

The St. Marys Community Public Library is hosting "Shower your Library with Toys" through Jan. 7. Youth Services Coordinator Paula Drummond said the drive will replace two sets of toys.

"Some of the toys will be used for circulation, and some of the toys will be kept in-house for our play area," she said.

Drummond said the library is working with a local toy store for the drive.

"We're working with Topsy Turvy Toys in New Bremen, and that's where we'll purchase the toys," she said.

Area residents interested in purchasing a toy for the library can visit a display set up outside Drummond's office at the library, showcasing a slew of toys ranging in price from approximately $8 to $30.

"They can come in and choose which toy they want to purchase," Drummond said, noting that she thought donors would enjoy knowing what toy their money will be used to purchase.

She noted that she kept safety and the number of pieces in mind when she chose which toys to include for purchase.

"I tried to choose toys that didn't have too many parts and were safe," Drummond said.

A sticker stating the donor's name will be placed on each toy donated to the library. Donors can also make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one.

"We've had people make a donation in memory of or in honor of," she said, noting that the practice is common with library book donations.

Drummond said she got the idea to hold a toy drive from another library program.

"We had an adopt-a-magazine program, and people were so generous with that," Drummond said. "Our community seems to be very generous to the library."

The St. Marys Community Public Library first offered toys to patrons approximately five years ago, when the library received a $1,000 grant from Assistive Technology of Ohio. The toys, Drummond said, have been popular among patrons.

"It's very popular, and you can tell," she said. "They (the toys) have had a lot of wear and tear, and it's time to replace them."

She noted that the toys available for circulation can be checked out for one week. The library's play area, she added, is also popular.

"Families come in and meet with other families and the kids go back there (to the play area) and play," she said.

Drummond said the library will accept cash or check donations, and forms to donate a toy in memory/honor of someone are available.

For more information on the "Shower the Library with Toys" drive, call 419-394-7417.