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Aria Toy Library Update

Birdtalk Magazine June & July 2024

The Aria Toy Library has seen a lot of new members join in the last year and three new comittee members appointed at the AGM held in March.

Thank you to everyone who supported our photo fundraiser with Charlotte Purdie. We raised over $2000, which all went towards new toys for our Tamariki. We would also like to thank the Piopio Aria Mokau Co-operating Parish and the Mustard Seed Opportunity Shop for their kind donation, along with The Lines Company and our generous landlord – it is all greatly appreciated.

Some of the new toys purchased include Magentix sets, a Pikler triangle and ramp, a 3-wheeled scooter, a TeePee tent, new cosy coupes, and a trailer. So come in and try them out!

Thanks must also go to COGS and the Lotteries Commission for the yearly grants given which are essential to help cover our operating costs.

To join it costs $60 per year and there are no additional charges to hire each toy, like some other toy libraries. You can keep each toy for four weeks. We also have special fees for grandparents, so come and see us to find out more!

Opening hours are 10:30-12:30 on a Thursday and you will find us on the main street in Piopio. We are always welcoming new committee members if you would like to be a part of a group of young ladies.

The toy library is a valuable resource for our wider community with the importance of children learning and developing through play is our main focus.

A current member says, “The toy library is a great resource for my children. Not only does it keep them occupied (as new toys do), I also see the learning and exploring of new ideas with each different toy. We recently hired the wooden wheelbarrow and chainsaw and they were pretending to chop up firewood for winter! The toy library is especially great for those big toys such as the tractors and cosy coupes which my boys enjoy, and the toys that aren’t used all the time like the doctor’s kit and puzzles. The big slide is definitely on our list next!”
We are looking forward to the year ahead. For further information please email us at [email protected] or pop in on a Thursday at the Aria Toy Library.
Toy Library Commitee