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.

Pilbara News - - FRONT PAGE - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Blue Me­dia

Pic­ture: Blue Me­dia

Dy­lan Smith, 2, en­joys his time at Ex­mouth Toy Li­brary.

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