Town’s toy Li­brary needs your sup­port

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - REXINE HAWES

Li­braries aren’t just for books, there is a li­brary, and ev­ery kids dream, that’s just for toys.

The Mata­mata Toy Li­brary is a toy lend­ing li­brary, suit­able for ba­bies, tod­dlers, pre school­ers and school age chil­dren ages ze­ro­seven years old.

They of­fer a huge va­ri­ety of toys for boys and girls and cater for in­side or out­side play, in­clud­ing ride on trac­tors, cars and bikes, as well as walk­ers and toys for young ba­bies and ed­u­ca­tional toys for pre-school­ers.

Mata­mata Toy Li­brary pres­i­dent Lisa Hicks says it’s a prime time to sign up, es­pe­cially as un­til Oc­to­ber, peo­ple can join for a spe­cial mem­ber­ship fee of only $20.

‘‘It’s a great re­source, it’s a great se­lec­tion of toys and won’t cost a for­tune.’’

The Mata­mata Toy Li­brary has been in the com­mu­nity for al­most 20 years, and is run by a small, ded­i­cated com­mit­tee and li­brar­ian Norma Hawe, who has been with the Toy Li­brary for 10 years.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in join­ing the com­mit­tee are al­ways wel­come.

Hicks says the com­mit­tee role isn’t a huge one, mem­bers ad­vise on toy pur­chases and as­sist with fundrais­ing.

She says it’s a great ser­vice for peo­ple new to the area to get

‘‘It's a great re­source, it's a great se­lec­tion of toys and won't cost a for­tune.’’

in­volved with and meet new peo­ple and is a great re­source for grand­par­ents look­ing af­ter their grand­chil­dren over the school hol­i­days. Grand­par­ents can join for a spe­cial fee of only $10 a year.

She says a six month mem­ber­ship is also a great gift idea for new par­ents.

The Toy Li­brary re­cently re­ceived a Lot­ter­ies grant of $900, which has helped them pay their an­nual in­sur­ance.

It also aided in the pur­chase of new toys in­clud­ing a new wa­ter ta­ble, trac­tor and trailer and wooden toys.

Hicks says both Ki­wiani’s and Pa­per Plus are very sup­port­ive of the Toy Li­brary and have helped to­wards the pur­chase of new toys and she ap­pre­ci­ates the com­mu­nity get­ting be­hind them.

Mata­mata Kidz Toy Li­brary on Tami­hana Street is open Thurs­day’s 2.30 - 4.30pm and Satur­day’s 9.30am-12noon.

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