Why is there limited adult seating at the PTLL?
What makes the PTLL great is the cooperative spirit of our members and visitors. We cooperate by running the PTLL and watching our kids carefully to make it a safe and fun place for everybody. We help each other when we can’t be right near our kids, whether it’s volunteering, taking a diaper to the trash or helping a big kid go to the bathroom. Standing keeps us active and engaged with our kids and each other.
The PTLL was founded on principles of imaginative and creative play and a cooperative spirit. Much like the seating issue, having wifi could result in members and visitors typing away or surfing the internet, when we’d like our patrons to chat with each other, pitch in with PTLL tasks and most importantly, supervise and play with their children. Using one’s phone is a solitary activity, and the PTLL is a cooperative play place.
Why is the toy library sometimes closed when the hours say “open”?
The PTLL is a special and unique place not only in Pittsburgh but in the entire USA. We are run entirely on volunteer labor: from daily VODs to board members who pay the bills, make the schedule, train new members, and more. Even with the best scheduling of multiple overlapping VODs, there are times when our volunteers must cancel at the last minute, often due to family illness. It usually goes unnoticed, but frequently VODs agree to come in or stay late to keep the PTLL open when VODs call off. We salute all of our VODs for supporting the PTLL into its 40th year!
Do we reimburse past visitor fees when someone purchases a membership?
We do not offer reimbursements for past visits when someone purchases a membership, however we do waive the visitor fee if the person is turning in an application with payment same day.