Cape Cod Chronicle: Letters to the Editor - Aug. 9 08 August 2018

If you haven’t heard about the development of Cape Cod Toy Library, Inc., it’s helpful to be reminded of the critical importance of play for children and family healthy development. As Dr. Stuart Brown says, “Play is a basic biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. Play is the single most significant factor in determining our success and happiness.” Despite this knowledge, children are not having the healthy childhood play experiences today that you or I may have had. By creating Cape Cod Toy Library as a specially designed, free, year-round, space where children and their families can come to play and learn together, and interact with others, we can ensure all children and families have equitable access to safe and age appropriate play materials for their development.

Toward the goal of making 432 Route 28, Harwich Port the home and hub for Cape Cod Toy Library operations and outreach, there’s been tremendous professional pro-bono volunteer investment. Since Jan. 1, more than 60 volunteers have signed up to support CCTL’s development, 40 of which have been actively involved. An estimated $100,000-plus value of pro-bono professional time (more than 3,000 hours) has been invested toward the goal of purchasing 432 Route 28.

In six short months, Cape Cod Toy Library, Inc., a new nonprofit on the Cape, has been successful in raising the initial $50,000 deposit toward the purchase of the building per the agreement made with the owners of 432 Route 28 at the end of December. An additional $9,759 has also been invested in the due diligence completion of inspections and appraisals. To dates, financial support toward “securing a home” for Cape Cod Toy Library, has come from 125 private donors, 75-plus local businesses, and 225 fundraising event participants. However, “angel” funding support is needed to make the purchase and development of this building “a dream come true” for Cape families. The building owners have plans to put the building back on the market unless there is funding in place for the purchase this summer by Aug. 20.

The characteristics of 432 Route 28, Harwich Port have inspired the vision for Cape Cod’s Toy Library. It offers all the elements wished for by Cape educators and mental health professionals who work with and intimately know the needs of Cape children and families. Now, it’s up to the community to help make the wish come true for Cape children and families. What’s needed now are “angel” supporters. Any size donation can be sent to help secure this property. Send checks to Cape Cod Toy Library, Inc., PO Box 555, E. Harwich, MA 02645 or go on the for more details. Let’s seize this opportunity for our Cape families!

Deb Schaller Willsea, Founder & President

Cape Cod Toy Library, Inc.

Cape Cod Toy Library Kick-Off Event at Cape Cinema

A special kick-off event at the Cape Cinema in Dennis on Wednesday, June 20th will be a local debut showing of the film ”Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”. After the film a panel of community experts on nurturing children’s social-emotional development and curiosity will help facilitate a discussion about the importance of play.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm welcoming viewers with live music, Meet and Greet reception, and cash bar. Mister Rogers books will be on display, and information about play and Cape Cod Toy Library, Inc. will be available. The film will show from 7:00-8:30 pm, and the panel discussion will follow from 8:30-9:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person, $5.50 of each ticket will benefit CCTL.