Toy Library News

Enjoy listening to this enlightening and detailed interview with the director, Marcia Benitez, of the longest-running and most robust (50 sites) toy library program in the world, the Los Angeles County Toy Loan program. (Broadcast: November 2019)  iHeart Radio Interview with Marcia Benitez

How To Start a Toy Library Webinar Video

Los Angeles County Toy Loan Program Video

Special Needs Toys – Nisonger Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

American Libraries Magazine Article, "Toy Libraries: A Place to Play"

Video on Special Needs Toy Lending – Lekotek

Video on Autism

Jane Donelson “Player of the Year” Award

Given annually by USATLA for exemplary service to children, play and toy-lending libraries.

2018 Award Winners
(left to right)
  Donna Giantonnia, USATLA Board Member
  Celia Huffman,
Youth Education Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  Tracy Strobel
, Deputy Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  Pam Jankowski, Literacy and Learning Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library





2017 Award Winners
Sarah Fitts-Romig with Player-of-the-Year AwardRochester Toy Library Accepting the award for the Rochester Toy Library was Sarah Fitts-Romig, currently toy librarian at the RTL and speaker at the recent Rochester-USA-TLA Conference.



Sarah Fitts-Romig with Player-of-the-Year AwardDeb Willsea with Player-of-the-Year Award

Deb Willsea with Player-of-the-Year Award

Deb Willsea Ms. Willsea gave singular support and inspiration to the Rochester Toy Library over the last 30 years as it took shape and gained a community foothold. She is now engaged in starting a toy library in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.



2015 Award Winner
Marieca Y. Anthony, Kaplan Early Learning Company, Medina Ohio

2014 Award Winner
Susan Kirschener, 2014 Player of the YearSusan Kirschner, Youth Literacy and Outreach Supervisor for Cuyahoga County Public Library




2013 Award Winners
Myron & Elaine Adler, 2013 Player-of-the-Year AwardElaine and Myron AdlerElaine and Myron Adler founded the Adler Toy Library at the Turrell Child Care & Early Learning Center, part of Children’s Aid and Family Services in Paramus, N.J. Children from preschool to kindergarten delight in its holdings.