Bor­row­ers wel­come to sup­port toy li­brary

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

Grey Lynn Toy Li­brary is call­ing for new mem­bers to take ad­van­tage of the toys on of­fer.

The li­brary which ser­vices Grey Lynn, West­mere and Pt Che­va­lier has been open since 1995 and has 85 mem­bers.

As it can have up to 140 mem­bers, there is plenty of room for new mem­bers to jump on board and start en­joy­ing all that the li­brary has to of­fer.

Vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Lucy O’Ma­hony says there are many ad­van­tages to be­com­ing a mem­ber.

‘‘The great thing about toy li­brary is you can take a toy out, see if your child likes it and then you may de­cide to buy it rather than buy­ing some­thing and it never be­ing played with,’’ she says.

A wide range of toys are avail­able for chil­dren aged be­tween three months and five years and can be bor­rowed for up to two weeks at a time.

Toys in­clude cos­tumes, ride-ons, games, puz­zles, out­door toys, elec­tron­ics and much more.

The li­brary is run by vol­un­teers from lo­cal fam­i­lies and re­lies on mem­ber­ship fees and grants to cover costs.

Mrs O’Ma­hony says the toy li­brary is an im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­set.

‘‘It gives chil­dren a whole ex­po­sure to a dif­fer­ent range of toys and it also teaches them about shar­ing.’’

With a sig­nif­i­cant drop in mem­ber­ship num­bers over the last cou­ple of years, Mrs O’Ma­hony en­cour­ages every­one to sup­port the ser­vice.

‘‘Come in and make friends and make sure the com­mu­nity still ben­e­fits from a fan­tas­tic as­set.’’

The Grey Lynn Toy Li­brary is at St Columba Com­mu­nity Hall, 92 Sur­rey Cres, Grey Lynn.

It is open on Wed­nes­days from 9.30am till 11.30am and Satur­days 9.30am-noon.

Photo: SHEL­LEY GRECO

Toy fun: Lucy O’Ma­hony and son Henry Ryan, 2, en­joy the wide range of toys avail­able at Grey Lynn Toy Li­brary. for mem­ber­ship op­tions and fees or email grey­lynn.toyli­brary@ gmail.com for more in­for­ma­tion about the li­brary.

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