Merry Go Round Toy & Leisure Library is a registered charity which runs a toy library in Exeter. Our first toy library, Merry Go Round, opened at the end of 1999. We opened another toy library, Spinning Top, in the Beacon Centre in Beacon Heath in March 2018, thanks to both the Beacon and a grant from the Big Lottery. This has a really large play area and purpose built display cupboards for all the toys.
The toy libraries are open not only for families with children aged from a few months to early teens, but also for any groups or individuals involved in providing daycare for children. You may be a foster parent or childminder, or involved in a group activity such as after-school 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