Play. We all know how important play is to learning development and pre-literacy skills. In this interactive and informative presentation, we’ll discuss the choices we made in developing and launching a successful education-based toy collection that is not just a fad or a temporary attention-grabber, but an enduring collection with long-term community benefits.
To demonstrate a full understanding, we will be presenting both the frontline (branch manager) and the backroom (collection manager) perspective and experience. We will also show how this collection directly ties into the mission of the library and represents a unique way of extending that mission to promote early literacy.

Attendees will:
• Be able to develop a toy collection using the model presented
• Be able to choose toys that meet customer needs and safety guidelines
• Understand the mechanics of circulating toys, including how to train staff and successfully publicize this special collection



Original broadcast March 5, 2019

Biography ~ Virginia Phelps
Virginia Phelps has been the collection manager at Chesterfield County Public Library since 2012. She has worked in collection management since 1999 and received her MLA and MIM from the University of Maryland.
Margaret Howard has been a branch manager at Chesterfield County Public Library since 2015. She has worked as a librarian since 2011 and received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.