Best Of 2017

Best Library Where Talking Is Encouraged: The Play Library

Best Library Where Talking Is Encouraged

The Play Library, a place that felt straight out of the Tom Hanks movie Big, wasn’t kidding around about providing everyone with access to quality toys and games. The all-ages lending and activity space that People’s Liberty grantee Julia Fischer operated last summer in the philanthropy’s Over-the-Rhine storefront returned March 15, 2017, just a few blocks away. And that makes us want to shout — which is totally OK in a library where being quiet is not the idea. Fischer, a former toy designer, will again be stocking hundreds of playthings, as well as planning 21-and-over game nights and family fun times that encourage everyone to make-believe and make new friends. YAY!! The Play Library, 1517 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, playlibrary.org