Toy library’s warm and cuddly feeling
After a year of upgrades, Exmouth Toy Library has been recognised as Australia’s small toy library of the year by the sector’s peak body. Pictured with a new toy from the library is one-year-old Cody Iliffe.
A toy library in Exmouth has won a national award for small toy library of the year from the sector’s peak body.
Exmouth Toy Library beat candidates from across Australia to collect the Toy Libraries Australia award last month, where it was the only WA winner.
President Carlie Eames said the win showed the toy library was up there among the best in the nation, despite its isolated location.
She said it followed a busy year in which the service had undergone an overhaul thanks to $6000 in grants and donations.
Opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, Exmouth Toy Library has been operating for 30 years and has about 50 local families on its books in a community of about 2500. The service on Maidstone Crescent is staffed entirely by a committee of about 12 volunteers.
Ms Eames said the award underscored the importance of toy library services to their local communities.
“They’re affordable and they allow families to save on money, space and help the environment . . . and have access to a whole wide range of learning resources,” she said.
Dylan Smith, 2, enjoys his time at Exmouth Toy Library.