News Archive

Merry Go Round Online Now Live!

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Our new online site is now live! Visit 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!

Monday, June 29th, 2020

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?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

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

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Check out 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!

Toy Libraries Closed Until Further Notice

Monday, March 16th, 2020

After careful consideration of the risks from coronavirus to both staff and members, we have decided to close the toy libraries until further notice.

We will not charge any overdue fees on toys currently out on loan. You can either hold onto the toys until we reopen, or return them to Exeter Scrapstore during their opening times. Please clean toys thoroughly and put in closed bags . The Scrapstore is currently open 11am-4pm Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10am-1pm. Do not return on a Tuesday as the store will be closed.

We are very sorry to take this action, but we want to help contain the virus as much as possible and protect our members.

We will post any updates on Facebook and our website. Please let other members know if you see them.

Thank you for your cooperation and keep washing your hands!

Coronavirus Prevention

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

We are concentrating on making sure that children, staff and visitors understand the importance of the following measures to help stop the spread of any illness or virus

  • Wash hands often, with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, particularly
    • Before leaving home
    • On arrival at Toy Library and before playing with our toys
    • After using the toilet
    • Before preparing food
    • Before eating any food, including snacks
    • Before leaving the toy library
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in a bin, then wash your hands
  • Do not attend Toy Library
    • If you or your child is ill or has a temperature
    • If you have been in contact with the virus. Please email to let us know. Late fees will not be charged for self-isolations.
  • Cleaning Toys
    • We aim to clean all toys as they are returned, and routinely clean toys that are played with during sessions
    • Please clean toys thoroughly before returning them
  • Closures

Many thanks for your co-operation in keeping us all safe!

St James Baby and Children’s Table Top Sale 9.30am Saturday 14th March

Friday, March 6th, 2020

We’ll be there with lots of wonderful pre=loved toys for you to buy! There will also be loads of other stalls selling a variety of things for babies and children at really good prices


Half Term Opening Times

Monday, February 17th, 2020

It’s half term so must be time to visit the toy libraries! Open as normal Tuesday 10-4.30 in Exeter Scrapstore and 9.30-12.30 in the Beacon. We have loads of things to keep older children happy as well as toys for younger members

Early Closing at Spinning Top on Friday 17th January

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Spinning Top will be closing at 11.45am tomorrow (17th January). It will open as normal the following week (9.30am-12.30pm). Many apologies for any inconvenience.

Christmas Closure and SPECIAL OFFER

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019