Move sparks more interest in toy library

Need for next generation of parents with young children to take the reins.

Need for next generation of parents with young children to take the reins.

NEW LOCATION: Gisborne Toy Library grants officer and librarian Susan Partington among the huge range of toys, puzzles and games available for hire. The library has moved into the old Army Hall on Fitzherbert Street and is open Tuesday 10am-1pm, Thursday 3pm-5pm and Saturday 11am-2pm. Picture by Liam Clayton

GISBORNE Toy Library has moved to its new location in the old Army Hall at 16 Fitzherbert Street.

The not-for-profit group has noticed more people through the doors since moving to the venue in November, especially on Saturday mornings when shoppers at the Farmers’ Market also take time to pop in and look at the large range of toys, puzzles and learning activities available for hire.

The library’s philosophy is simple. Instead of buying cheap plastic toys the kids get sick of quickly, or break, the library offers a service for people who want their homes to be clutter-free while offering their children a range of good-quality toys to play with.

Committee member Rochelle Taewa said they would love more Toy Library members to join their committee, which meets once a month. The current committee’s children are getting older and are starting to outgrow the toys for hire. They need the next generation of parents with young children to take the reins.

“It’s such a good facility and it is there for the whole community, including the environmentally conscious who don’t want to buy a lot of plastic and fill up their houses with loads of toys that their kids get sick of after a month.

“We are open during the Farmers’ Market, which we’ve found the members are really enjoying. The kids play while the parents choose some toys.”

Parents who are interested in becoming involved can contact the Gisborne Toy Library on 022 631 3217. All members are welcome at the AGM on Tuesday, March 22 from 7.30pm at the library.

GISBORNE Toy Library has moved to its new location in the old Army Hall at 16 Fitzherbert Street.

The not-for-profit group has noticed more people through the doors since moving to the venue in November, especially on Saturday mornings when shoppers at the Farmers’ Market also take time to pop in and look at the large range of toys, puzzles and learning activities available for hire.

The library’s philosophy is simple. Instead of buying cheap plastic toys the kids get sick of quickly, or break, the library offers a service for people who want their homes to be clutter-free while offering their children a range of good-quality toys to play with.

Committee member Rochelle Taewa said they would love more Toy Library members to join their committee, which meets once a month. The current committee’s children are getting older and are starting to outgrow the toys for hire. They need the next generation of parents with young children to take the reins.

“It’s such a good facility and it is there for the whole community, including the environmentally conscious who don’t want to buy a lot of plastic and fill up their houses with loads of toys that their kids get sick of after a month.

“We are open during the Farmers’ Market, which we’ve found the members are really enjoying. The kids play while the parents choose some toys.”

Parents who are interested in becoming involved can contact the Gisborne Toy Library on 022 631 3217. All members are welcome at the AGM on Tuesday, March 22 from 7.30pm at the library.

When?

The library’s opening hours are Tuesday 10am-1pm, Thursday 3pm-5pm and Saturday 11am-2pm.

On Saturdays the library can also be accessed from Ormond Road during the Farmers’ Market.

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