Toy Libraries Australia (TLA) is the peak body for over 280 not for profit toy libraries across Australia.
This website has some brilliant information, answering questions such as:
What is a toy library?
According to Toy Libraries Australia, toy libraries are where fun, creativity and play are valued and promoted! At a toy library you can borrow from a vast array of well made toys that have been designed to support your child’s skill development and imagination. Toy libraries aim to support families and encourage togetherness with quality time spent playing with children.
Toy libraries vary from library to library. They may be located in the local scout hall or within the municipal library; have 20 member families or 1200; employ a staff member or rely solely on their members doing roster duty.
Toy libraries do have some fundamental characteristics. They:
- Provide quality educational items for loan.
- Are inexpensive (usually an annual subscription is charged).
- Principally cater for younger children.
- Have a range of items covering all stages of growth and development.
- Provide an opportunity to meet other caregivers to share concerns, interact with others and make new friends.
- Help parents and carers learn about the ages and stages of child development.
- Usually open on set days and hours.
Where is your closest toy library?
When looking at the map, you may not see a little carousal image in your area. Instead, type in your town in the "Type Keyword" box (grey area above the map) and it will give you a more accurate idea of where the closest Toy Library is located.
Why is this article so amazing?
This would make a great newsletter item for your parents. I'm sure they would love to have access to a huge amount of free toys which they can borrow and return, rather than finding storage in their lounge rooms!