PLAY TIME

Katan­ning Toy Li­brary is reach­ing out to po­ten­tial mem­bers as the group cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary of in­cor­po­ra­tion.

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Sjanna San­dalova

Katan­ning Toy Li­brary is reach­ing out to po­ten­tial mem­bers as the group cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary of in­cor­po­ra­tion.

KTL is a not-for-profit vol­un­teer com­mu­nity group that loans out toys, games and puz­zles to mem­bers in a sim­i­lar man­ner to a bor­row­ing a book from the pub­lic li­brary.

“Our toys are suit­able for chil­dren from six months to six-plus years of age,” KTL pres­i­dent Amy Richard­son said.

“We have ap­prox­i­mately 450 toys avail­able for loan in­clud­ing puz­zles and board games, baby toys, imag­i­na­tive play cen­tres (kitchens, tool work­shops, shops), pusha­long and ride-on toys and bikes, and con­struc­tion sets like Du­plo.”

The toy li­brary aims to sup­port lo­cal fam­i­lies and en­cour­ages par­ents and chil­dren to so­cialise and spend time to­gether.

“Ba­bies de­velop so quickly and they are con­stantly out­grow­ing their toys — it would cost a for­tune to buy ev­ery toy you want them to have and take up too much space,” Mrs Richard­son said.

“We love be­ing able to just bor­row the toys and re­turn them.”

Toy li­braries are built to sup­port child devel­op­ment through play and en­cour­age learn­ing by mak­ing it fun, ac­cord­ing to Toy Li­braries Aus­tralia.

Katan­ning Toy Li­brary was in­cor­po­rated on March 24, 1988 and the group plans to host an an­niver­sary event later in the year.

Mem­ber Ella Mae­sepp said her chil­dren loved us­ing the toy li­brary.

“We've been mem­bers for four years and still haven’t bor­rowed all the toys be­cause there are just so many,” she said.

Katan­ning Toy Li­brary is open from 10.30am-11.30am on Tues­days and Satur­days at the Katan­ning Li­brary and is sup­ported by the Shire of Katan­ning.

Pic­ture: Sjanna San­dalova

Moth­ers Amy Richard­son and Hsueh Feng play with Billy Roy Wise, 9 months, Quade Pot­ter, 1, Char­lotte Richard­son, 8 months, Liam Richard­son, 2, Thomas Ni­chols, 2, Eli­jah Mathe­son, 4, and Wy­att Trolove, 1.

Pic­ture: Sjanna San­dalova

Amy Richard­son watches Billy Roy Wise, 9 months, Char­lotte Richard­son, 8 months, Thomas Ni­chols, 2, and Liam Richard­son, 2.

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