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Our new contact free online toy library service is now open! From here you can safely join our toy libraries, and browse and book toys to take home https://my.mgrtoylibrary.org/

All returned toys are quarantined for at least 72 hours before being cleaned ready to hire out again.

Currently you can only collect toys from the Merry Go Round site at Exeter Scrapstore, but we are hoping to add toys from Spinning Top and reopen a second location in the future. Members from either toy library can use the online service.

Unfortunately you cannot enter the building, but we are still here to give advice at a distance during opening times or by phone or email.

Merry Go Round Toy & Leisure Library is a registered charity based in Exeter. Our first toy library, Merry Go Round, opened at the end of 1999 and is based in Exeter Scrapstore on the edge of Belmont Park. The Scrapstore is also a charity and we work well in partnership together.

Merry Go Round Toy Library proved to be so popular with families, carers and children that in November 2006 we opened a new branch, Carousel Toy Library, in West Exe Children’s Centre in St Thomas. Sadly this toy library had to close in December 2017 after more than 11 years due to changes in services at the Centre.

We opened another toy library, Spinning Top, in the Beacon Centre in Beacon Heath in March 2018.

Our service is for families and groups with children aged from a few months to early teens.You may be a foster parent or childminder, or involved in a group activity such as afterschool club, playscheme or preschool. Anyone who looks after children is welcome to become a member! Toy Libraries are exciting places to visit, like an Aladdin’s cave full of things you want to take home; they are centres for lending the best toys and games which adults and children can enjoy together. Many of our toys promote inclusion, with some specially designed for children with disabilities. We also have a wide range of resource books and multicultural toys. We are happy to give advice about specific toys for individual children, or alternatively what resources would suit group play. Come and visit us our new online service!

To find out more use the links above – look in Merry Go Round for opening times and locations

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Merry Go Round Toy and Leisure Libraries is a registered charity no. 1100532
Supported by the Co-operative Community Fund

News

Merry Go Round Online Now Live!

Our new online site is now live! Visit my.mgrtoylibrary.org to join, browse our catalogues and book toys. You can return and collect booked toys at Merry Go Round Toy Library every Tuesday between 10am-4.30pm from 14th July. Welcome back!

New Online Toy Library!

We’ve listened to you and our new online toy library will be ready mid July! Watch this space for updates!

Contactless click and collect toy libraries?

Let us know if you would like to borrow toys using a safe online booking system with time slots for contact free collection and return of toys.
Returned toys would be kept segregated for a week before thorough cleaning and checking so would be completely virus free before being lent out again.
Please reply here – yes or no is fine and we also welcome comments, suggestions and questions, we want you involved in the future of your toy libraries!

Activities, arts and crafts

Check out www.facebook.com/merrygoroundtoylibraries for links to things you can do with your children during lockdown. Every day we are adding a couple more. Have fun and stay safe!