A call has been made for libraries in County Kildare to stock toys and home energy saving test kits, which are used to better understand energy use and how to achieve savings .

Cllr Colm Kenny told a meeting of Kildare County Council on March 28 that these examples would encourage energy and waste reduction ‘among all age groups’.

He said they should be in every library because “we want to encourage lending, lending and borrowing rather than buying all the time”.

Cllr Kenny added: ‘We have to lend, loan and repair all kinds of items, not just books. According to KCC manager Mario Corrigan, the service can investigate if there is an unmet need for the supply of toys to loan out.

“Traditionally, this aspect of the circular economy in local communities is very well supported by local charity shops. Any initiative would have to consider annual budgeting, catalog management and storage, which is particularly difficult. »

The library service does not currently accept donations, other than those of historical merit to the county archives, and this position should be extended to toy donations. The library department currently lends DVDs, games for various consoles, and has a wide range of specialty toys for loan through the Toy Technology and Training Collection. “Many libraries have board games and other toys that patrons can use while in the library.”

Mr Corrigan said there are home energy kits in all branch libraries in Kildare and the service recently purchased a second kit for larger branches. “They cost just over €600 each and take a bit of time to deliver but that should be enough to meet demand for now. The level of use or demand varies from place to place, but libraries will be able to promote them now that they are once again open to the public without restriction.