The Minneapolis Toy Library is growing! We are working on setting up a NE Mpls toy library location!! The wheels are in motion and the girls behind this endeavor are motivated. These 2 local moms, Abby and Teresa were inspired by the idea of sharing toys and got in touch with us. Our conversation led to the idea of the toy library having a second location in NE Mpls. Here’s a little bit about them:
Teresa lives in Columbia Heights with her husband, Bob and their three kids: Stella, Tatum and Eddie. Together they also live with Dez the dog and Rojita the tarantula.
Teresa has a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Much of her work experience has been in the natural food industry. She is passionate about sustainability and sharing environmentally-friendly practices with others.
When she’s not doing Toy Library work, Teresa enjoys gardening, reading novels with female protagonists, crafting, and volunteering her time with her local (book) library and her kids’ schools. She and her kids love exploring the Twin Cities, especially Northeast!
Teresa is excited about building community amongst families in Northeast Minneapolis with the Mpls Toy Library. She is drawn to the concept of reducing waste and battling consumerism with toy sharing.
Abby lives in the Waite Park Neighborhood in Northeast with her husband Josh, son Harrison and dog Hazel. She finds joy in biking around NE, thrift shopping, exploring parks and playgrounds, visiting the dog park, and trying all the different restaurants around NE! Her family continues to practice owning less and finding items used or local.
Abby is passionate about early childhood education. She believes building community and supporting families is an essential part of raising children. Previously, she worked as a toddler teacher at the University of MN Child Development Center. This is where she met Rebecca! Then she earned her M.Ed and Licensure in Parent and Family Education and began teaching as a Parent Educator in Columbia Heights. She extensively grew the program through listening to the wants and needs of the community.
Through this work and her own parenting, Abby has seen the value of community supporting families through normalizing challenges, celebrating joys, and sharing of toys & clothes. She has also seen how having less toys in a room and rotating toys increases engagement and reduces challenging behaviors. One of her sons favorite activities is opening a “new” toy bin from the closet!
She is excited to bring her love for toys & learning, minimalism, and building community to Northeast through the expansion of the Minneapolis Toy Library!
When will this all come together at a location in NE? We do not have a date yet. Abby and Teresa are seeing MANY spaces for temporary use and permanent use. They do have 2 pop ups scheduled in NE Mpls. Saturday, November 13th 11-2pm and Saturday, December 4th from 11 – 2pm. Both are located at the Eastside Food Co-op. Check out our Facebook page for more information. We are excited and there are some ways you can help us make this a reality:
*tell your friends
*Email mplstoylibraryNE@gmail.com if your interested in joining their newsletter, have information on a location, or possible partnerships
*have resources to share: plastic bags, computer components, or toys
We are JUST in the beginning stages of planning, but will keep you up to date as things progress. One thing to keep in mind – our Give to the Max goal this year will be to raise money for technological needs for a new library. Give to the Max is Minnesota’s giving holiday. It will take place on Thursday, November 18th this year. Reaching our financial goal will be fundamental in being successful. Early giving begins November 1st. Please consider giving – if we all help a little we can make it happen!
Thank you to all who have supported us. This is an exciting new opportunity to serve even more families and continue offering a more sustainable way to play.