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Get Smart Guidance

Get Smart – Click on the links below to download our start up guidance sheet series for toy libraries. Our series Stay Smart  is available to our members and covers topics including  publicity, funding, social media, play and sustainability.  

1 – Get the Picture This Guidance Sheet offers a brief introduction to toy libraries, their worldwide history and appeal. Considering the value of play and the contributions toy libraries can make to both children and families, the following information will provide an overview of toy library projects and suggests some reasons why you may want to think about opening one yourself.

2 – Get the Venue This Guidance Sheet aims to provide a brief introduction to the subject of finding the right venue for your toy library project. Whether it’s the perfect location, ensuring you have enough storage space or making sure your users will have the right first impression of your toy library, the following information will guide you through all the key factors you will need to consider when attempting to find the perfect premises.

3 – Get the Toys This Guidance Sheet aims to provide a brief introduction to the subject of choosing the right toys for your library project. It can often be quite daunting when faced with such a wide array of toys, but the following information will help you to build the right framework to make your toy selection, whether it’s involving your users in the selection, organising your stock into the right toy categories or simply knowing which toys to avoid.

4 – Get the Money This Guidance Sheet aims to provide a brief introduction to the subject of your toy library’s finances. Whether it’s planning a workable budget, considering the necessary costs which will impact your project or identifying potential sources of funding, the following information will guide you through the most important financial aspects of setting up a toy library.

5 – Get the People This Guidance Sheet aims to provide a brief introduction to the subject of finding the right people to staff your new toy library. Whether it’s the potential of local volunteers, setting up a steering group to help you get organised or considering whether you should hire paid staff, the following information will give you some ideas on how to find people to structure your toy library and make your project a working reality.

6 – Get Organised This Guidance Sheet aims to provide a brief introduction to the subject of getting your toy library organised and ready to receive its first users. There are many important factors to consider before you can open your toy library to the public, including whether your library and its staff are sufficiently insured, whether your project meets all legal requirements and, significantly, the issue of child protection, and the following information will help you to ensure all such considerations have been addressed.

7 – Get Noticed This Guidance Sheet aims to provide a brief introduction to the subject of attracting users to your toy library. Whether it’s coming up with the perfect name and logo, deciding on those individuals or groups who you’ll want to inform or how to produce effective publicity materials, the following information will guide you through the most important aspects of getting people to come to your toy library.

8 – Get Going This Guidance Sheet aims to provide a brief introduction to the subject of launching your toy library. Whether it’s deciding on opening times, setting up, organising play sessions or deciding on a loan system, the following information will guide you through the organisational aspects of planning your first toy library session.