Toy library needs a home

Abigail Williams, Zara Brewis and Mia van Doeselaar are keeping busy with some library toys as parents and grandparents Leanne Fairbrother, Karrilyn Healy, Rachel Stevens, Ashley van Doeselaar, Michelle Brewis, Ralph Clearly and Pamela Cleary watch on.
Abigail Williams, Zara Brewis and Mia van Doeselaar are keeping busy with some library toys as parents and grandparents Leanne Fairbrother, Karrilyn Healy, Rachel Stevens, Ashley van Doeselaar, Michelle Brewis, Ralph Clearly and Pamela Cleary watch on.

WELLINGTON Toy Library members could be facing temporary closure if a new 'home' is not found before its lease ends at the end of next month.

The library's current premises is an Education Department-owned building in Raymond St, which is sub-leased to the toy library by the George Gray Centre.

However, the disability service will soon cease using adjoining classrooms in the building and is giving up its lease at the end of September.

The toy library committee has posted an appeal on Facebook, calling for the community's help.

Committee president Kerrilyn Healy said the group needed a new place to call home.

"We really need an unused building or room somewhere that's big enough for us to keep our toys and accommodate several families at a time," she said.

Mrs Healy said the not-for-profit, community organisation currently paid $30 a week rent and really could not afford more than that.

If the toy library - whose 127 members include Sale Library, two kindergartens and family day care groups - cannot secure a new home it will have to find temporary storage for more than 1000 toys until it does.

It is believed the Education Department intends to sell the building some time soon.

The Wellington Toy Library provides children between the ages of six months and eight years with the opportunity to play with a wide range of quality, educational, fun toys.

Membership fees are kept to a minimum to make borrowing affordable, and members can take up to three toys at a time for two weeks.

Anyone who can offer the Wellington Toy Library a solution can email wellingtontoylibrary@gmail.com

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