Toys and Story Kits

Toy Collection

Our Library is committed to developing children's literacy by engaging parents and children in stimulating and educational play. Our catalog lists toys for children ages birth to 10 years old that are safe, sturdy, and clean.

We offer more than 700 different age appropriate toys, including toys adapted for children with special needs. 

     ► Catalog list of Toys                      Toy Photo Gallery, with links to borrow

Every toy in our Toy Collection is carefully examined, cleaned and disinfected after every loan. For information about our Toy Collection, please call our Youth Literacy and Outreach Department at 216.749.9525 or contact your local branch.

Story Kits

We offer a variety of story kits and other "bookable" items designed to enhance the reading experience for all ages. What is a "bookable"? It's a word we use to describe materials that you can reserve and have delivered to the Cuyahoga County Public Library branch of your choice on a specific date. Our "bookable" collection comes in five different categories: 

Puppets   |     Puppet Shows     |     Story Sets    |     Theme Kits     |      Accessories    

To order a "bookable," please visit or call your local branch. A "bookable" cannot be ordered through our online catalog. Before you place your order, please read our Booking Guidelines and complete our Printable Booking Request Form.

Puppets

Our puppets range from finger-size to oversized (some are almost 3 feet long!). They come in singles, pairs and multiple sets. We also loan stages for puppets and puppet shows. 

    ► Browse & Book Puppets  —  (call your branch to book puppets)
    ► Printable List of Puppets               

Puppet Shows

Our puppet show kits are based on classic folk tales. Each kit contains a folk tale book, character puppets, props, a printed script and a recorded script on CD. 

     ► Printable List of Puppet Shows       

Story Sets

We offer a variety of story sets based on modern and classic children’s literature (used with copyright permission, of course). Each story set includes a book and/or story sheet plus puppets or props to enhance your storytelling.

     ► Browse & Book Story Sets  —  (call your branch to book sets)
     ► Printable List of Story Sets

Theme Kits

Our theme kits are excellent learning tools for the classroom and at home. The contents of each theme kit vary, but they typically include books, a CD, toys, puppets and activity sheets with rhymes, songs and other fun activities.  

      ► Printable List of Theme Kits

Accessories

Last, but not least, we offer a variety of accessories to augment your storytime, puppet show or other youth program: 
  • ABC Mat
  • Alphabet Bean Bags
  • Alphabet – Flannel
  • Egg Shakers
  • Magic Cauldron
  • Mini RainShakers
  • Musical Instruments. Ukulele
  • Nursery Rhyme Flip Chart
  • Parachutes (6', 12', 20')
  • Portable Puppet Stage
  • Scarves
  • Sorting Tray Set
  • Story Wands
  • Storytelling Apron
  • Table Top: Flannel Board, Magnetic Board, Puppet Stage, Velcro Board
  • Tangrams
  • Wrist Ribbons 

Booking Guidelines

Story kits and other "bookable" items may be booked up to one year in advance.   Call your branch to book items.
  • Loan period = 1 week (non-renewable)
  • We need at least 2 business days to accommodate "bookable" requests.
To book an item you will need:
  • Your library card number.
  • The title of the item.
  • The date the item is needed.
  • The branch where you will pick up the item.