Town’s toy Library needs your support
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.