Let’s play library, in a kit

Photo of a children's librarian play kit.

Little Librarian is a pretend play kit for kids who like libraries. You get 15 book cards and pockets (the old method of noting inside a book the name of the person who has checked it out), 7 file folders, 6 overdue slips, 4 library cards, 4 reading awards, 2 bookmarks and 1 reading journal.

It’s most appropriate, of course, for kids who can write or think they can.

This kit is a great idea… for kids to make on their own. Why? Well, I hope I don’t really have to explain why, because any toy you can help your child make is bound to be more valued.

A more tangible reason is that the overdue slips appear to be paper, not friendly to a dry erase marker. Six overdue slips would last my daughter one afternoon.

The fun in pretend play is the process, not the outcome. My daughter would love to make the overdue slips, not just fill them out, and every one of her patrons is guaranteed to be late returning books.

It’s like playing grocery store. If you’re the cashier, you want to check customers out over and over again in order to play with the cash register and the pretend money.

Photo of the Little Librarian kit package with a carrying handle.What’s the corollary in a pretend library?

1) Help the customer find a book.

2) Check out the book.

3) Write up citations for late books.

4) Return the late books to the library.

It’s a little odd that the kit comes with 4 library cards, but I suppose you don’t want kids playing with real library cards unless they’re rigid. Our cards are mere thick paper.

If you think I’m wrong about this kit, or know a kid with an upcoming birthday who has uninvolved parents, nab it for $20 on Amazon.

[link via Reddit]

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3 Responses to “Let’s play library, in a kit”

  1. ararechan says:

    I’m pretty sure I did this as a kid with my own books!! I even put little pockets in the front covers… This is a great idea for a toy but I’d never buy it….
    I agree that the process (for me) was the fun part.. Making and creating the library cards, stamping them, etc.

    I have a make pretend “wallet” (my old one) full of used gift cards that would make perfect library “cards”!!

    I look forward to my two year old getting bigger. :)

    November 4th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

  2. Penguinmommy says:

    Ah, the little book worm in me has a fond memory of my sister and I sorting all our books at home into the Dewey Decimal system. ::sigh::

    November 6th, 2010 at 8:33 am

  3. gertie says:

    My school’s library and our local public libraries switched over to scan guns and bar codes some time in the mid 90′s. I get a couple 5th graders each year showing me the check-out card inside a classroom book and asking me “What is this?” So parts of this toy are irrelevant to today’s library user (at least in my area).

    If I wanted to help my daughter play library, I’d fashion some sort of cardboard scan gun (I’d make her provide the “beep”), and print up some “renew” bookmarks. That’s the system she’ll encounter when she’s in Kindergarten next year.

    Now, then way I played library as a kid was to take my fancy cash register (the only big plastic playset-type toy I ever owned) and stick pennies into every slot I could find, making a pinball-like rattle any time any buttons were pushed. I supposedly claimed that my teddy bear had “a lot of overdue books”. I do remember that my dad took the think apart over the course of several hours, but never could extract all the pennies.

    November 6th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

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