Putaruru Toy Library still her thing
Despite having three grown children Judith Bennett continues to have an obsession with toys.
This Saturday the Putaruru Toy Library in Princes St, which offers hundreds of quality toys for hire to local families, will celebrate it’s 25th birthday and Bennett is pretty excited. It’s no wonder really as she has been involved since day one.
Despite her family thinking she’s ‘‘stark raving mad’’ for being involved for so long, the qualified early childhood teacher said she’s got no plans of leaving anytime soon.
‘‘They just have to get used to it,’’ she laughed.
‘‘Toys are educational for children, they are fun, and they keep families playing together.’’
‘‘A lot of people say they have enough toys at home but they don’t understand that children’s toys are their tools for learning and anyone who is learning needs to continuously have change in their tools and that’s why I’m really proud of being involved. I’m definitely a firm believer in play.’’
Bennett said for $30 a year and a fortnightly rental charge of 50 cents to $3 the library provides children with access to thousands of toys which they otherwise wouldn’t have.
‘‘Nobody can afford this variety. The key thing is toys can get boring but if it’s hired from the library it can just be brought back and a child can get a different one which keeps interests and growing alive without having to spend a fortune,’’ she said.
‘‘When parents say their children have enough toys at home I say well bring that child in here and ask them if there is anything they would like to take home because I don’t think they would say ‘oh no we have got enough at home’. It’s like a lollie shop of toys,’’ she laughed.
Bennett said to mark the 25th birthday a celebration dinner will be held at the Putaruru Hotel for all past committee members on Saturday night.
‘‘We’ve managed to contact most of them and will start with drinks and nibbles at the library at 7pm,’’ she said.
‘‘The following day we will also be opening the library for children and their families to come and celebrate.’’
‘‘I now have grandchildren so I have started getting toys out for them which is fun. It’s been a cycle and the library is fantastic for grandparents,’’ she said.