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definition of toy library

The term ludoteca comes from the Latin language for which ludus means game or toy. The toy library is then the place where different types of toys or games are stored that can be intended for different types of audiences (mainly but not exclusively children). Toy libraries would be comparable to libraries or newspaper libraries, with the simple difference that instead of keeping or keeping books or newspapers and newspapers, they keep and maintain games and toys. Many toy libraries contain very old items, considered relics, so there may also be spaces that are not specifically for playing but rather to preserve unique pieces in good condition.

As with a library, a toy library is a space that is used to organize and classify the type of objects that are in that place. Toy libraries can have toys such as stuffed animals, dolls, board or intelligence games, educational games, even books that can also be used as recreational elements for children. Toy libraries are usually, unlike what happens with libraries or newspaper libraries, quite informal spaces, with many colors and shapes of different textures. In them it is specifically planned that children play and have fun without having to be silent or keep quiet.

Although toy libraries are understood as public spaces open to different people (for example, in a school), it may also be that a private family has its own toy library or game room in its own home. There will appear the games and toys that the children of that family like and interest, as well as those that they need for each stage of life. While in the library it is the librarian who organizes and collaborates to find the best books according to our needs, in the toy library, the toy librarian fulfills exactly that function.