The CSCPQ’s free toy lending library offers children in western Ottawa recreational and educational toys that they can bring home to use in their own space.

As the renowned educator Maria Montessori said, « The game is the work of the child. Play is an important element of the child’s emotional, physical and cognitive development; it stimulates imagination and creativity. PQ’s knowledgeable staff can help families choose age-appropriate toys and show them how to use toys to extend learning.

Resource kits are also available to early childhood educators for use in daycare and school settings. Resources and toys are available in English and French (other materials in smaller quantities are also available in other languages).

Pinecrest-Queensway toys are safe for all ages, and they are thoroughly disinfected before the loan. The toys can be borrowed for a period of two weeks. For more information on the PQ Toy Lighter’s opening hours and loan procedures, call 613-820-4922 ext. 3650 or check the calendar .