The CYP Center and the Play & Learn Library are closed to public access until further notice.

If you have checked out items from the library, please call (252) 441-0614 extension 1 or email cypobx@darekids.org for instructions on how to return the items you have checked out.



Play & Learn Library normal hours are Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm **CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**

Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County's Play & Learn Library is full of themed activity tubs, big books, and CDs available for check-out for two weeks at no cost. An Ellison Machine (list of cutouts) with a large variety of die cuts is available for use at the office, as well as a laminator (user must provide laminating pouches).

Community members are welcome to come and enjoy a quiet place to play while selecting the perfect materials to check out. If your playgroup (6-12 individuals, including children) would like to visit the library, please see the 'Stay and Play' Guidelines or call (252) 441-0614 to request a day and time at least 24 hours in advance.

Available kits are based on themes such as the Farm, Community Helpers, Outdoor Play and Nature, Active Play, Ocean Life, Senses, and much more. Each kit is filled with appropriate play and learning items, such as puzzles, puppets, books, games, and activities. Also available for check-out are child-sized picnic tables, a toddler-sized balance beam, a dog-shaped bean bag toss, a puppet stage, and more! Materials in the Play & Learn Library are primarily geared towards children ages 0-5 years-old. There are also reference books and teaching materials that address a variety of relevant topics pertaining to young children. 

In order to use the Play & Learn Library, an agreement form needs to be printed and filled out.  If you prefer, you can come by our office to fill out the form. 

For a listing of all of our Play & Learn Library materials, click here: Play & Learn Library

Children & Youth Partnership is seeking volunteers to come in a few hours a week to clean the activity kits and possibly pick-up and deliver kits. Any suggestions for materials you would like to see in the Play & Learn Library are welcome by sending us a message at cypobx@darekids.org or by calling 252-441-0614.

Click on an image to view larger. Click on the link below for more information about the items.


Active Play Items

Active Play


Active Play 2 Items

Active Play 2


Bugs and Insects Items

Bugs & Insects  


Community Helpers Items

Community Helpers


 Construction Items



Dental Health Items

Dental Health


Dinosaur Items



Dr. Seuss Items

Dr. Seuss    


Dramatic Play Items

Dramatic Play


Fall Items



Farm Items



Gardening Items



Grocery Store Items

Grocery Store


Human Body Items

Human Body



Jungle Items



Letter Items






Musical Instrument Items

Musical Instruments







Ocean Life Items

Ocean Life  


Outdoor Play Items

Outdoor Play


Personal Care Items

Personal Care


Science Items



Senses Items



Summer Items





Transportation Items



Social Items



Spring Items



Weather Items



Winter Items



Zoo Items