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Free toy lending for children from birth to age five

NEWS RELEASE: Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls

NEWS RELEASE: Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF SIOUX FALLS

NEWS RELEASE:

Toy Lending Library Expanding to more two Siouxland Libraries: February 2016.
Contact: Anelis Coscioni, sisiouxfalls@soroptimist.net, (605)215-0575 Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls
Karen Wiechmann, KWiechmann@siouxfalls.org, (605)367-8720 Siouxland Libraries, Downtown Library

SIOUX FALLS, SD—Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls in collaboration with Kilian Community College and Siouxland Libraries, Downtown Library opened the doors of the Toy Lending Library (300 East 6th Street, Sioux Falls, SD) June 18th, 2015. Three months before we started a pilot project with the Downtown Library where toy boxes were loaned to the public who visit the library. It started with 24 toy boxes and today the collection has 44 boxes. We are very excited to share that this February two more Siouxland Libraries- Oak View (3700 E 3rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103) and Ronning (3100 E 49th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103) will have toy boxes to be loaned to the public. Toys boxes are color coded and separated by age group: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 7- 12 months, 12- 24 months, 24-36 months and 3-5 years old. Families just need their library card to borrow the boxes from the Siouxland Libraries. The process is the same as borrowing a book. You borrow the toy box, play for three weeks, bring it back and get another box. When it comes back we sanitize the toys and return it to the shelves. As Kilian Community College is closing we are looking for a new venue for the Toy Lending Library in the Downtown area. Also we are looking for “Two Friends for Two Hours” who would like to help us sanitize the toys once a week in the three locations (Kilian Community College, Oak View Library and Ronning Library). Our hours at the Kilian location (300 East 6th Street, Sioux Falls, SD) are Monday’s from 10 to 1pm, Wednesday’s from 11 to 1pm, Thursday’s from 4 to 6pm and Friday’s from 9:30 to 11:15am. The community also can come by appointment. Assistance in Spanish is available by appointment also. More information can be obtained on our web site: toylendinglibrary.com, by email (ToyLendingLibrarySF@gmail.com) or by phone (605)215-0575.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist offers programs that improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Its major program, the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly Women’s Opportunity Awards), provides cash grants for women seeking to improve their lives with the help of additional education and training. Each year, about $1.5 million is disbursed to deserving women through this award-winning program. Soroptimist is a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs. For more information, visit Soroptimist.org.