Alex Toy Li­brary open day

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It’s got new toys, new prices and in a bid to boost mem­ber­ship, the Alexan­dra Toy Li­brary is hold­ing an open day this week­end.

Alexan­dra Toy Li­brary com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Lana John said the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­vides toys on loan, had a fluc­tu­at­ing mem­ber­ship of about 50 but the hope was to at­tract more fam­i­lies who might not oth­er­wise have known about the ser­vice.

‘‘It’s just about keep­ing us on the radar for those new fam­i­lies,’’ John said. ‘‘There are so­cial, fi­nan­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits from join­ing toy li­braries.’’

The toy li­brary, si­t­u­ated be­side Molyneux Aquatic Cen­tre, caters for chil­dren un­der six-years-old and has a huge range of fun and ed­u­ca­tional toys, games, puz­zles, dress-ups and large play equip­ment, in­clud­ing bikes, for mem­bers to bor­row.

Mem­ber­ship had

dropped slightly this year but John hoped new fam­i­lies and grand­par­ents would con­tinue to sup­port the li­brary which is fundrais­ing to up­grade its re­sources.

Some new ‘‘more ap­peal­ing’’ new toys had al­ready been pur­chased, John said.

Larger toys would be on dis- play for chil­dren to play with at the li­brary and there would be free cup­cakes for visi­tors and a sausage siz­zle fundraiser on the day, she said.

All new mem­bers sign­ing up on Satur­day be­tween 10am and 1pm would go in a draw to win a year’s free mem­ber­ship.

Ca­sual mem­ber­ships started from $20 with an­nual fam­ily mem­ber­ships start­ing from $60.

‘‘We en­cour­age every­one to come along and see what we have to of­fer.’’

More in­for­ma­tion: Face­book @alexan­dra­toyli­brary and www.alex­toyli­brary.co.nz

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Madeleine John, 6, of Alexan­dra, en­joys some of the toys avail­able at the Alexan­dra Toy li­brary.

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