Plenty to celebrate at the Bingara Toy Library

August 24, 2012

This month the Bingara toy library is celebrating its first birthday in their new location.

The Toy Library is a great place for parents and care givers to bring their children to play with other kids of different ages while the parents can catch up and swap parenting advice. The Toy Library has a range of facilities such as baby change table, tea and coffee making facilities, microwave, highchair and a comfy couch to sit and feed your baby. The Toy Library is open to all families and you don’t need to be a member to visit but you must be a resident of the shire to become a borrowing member.

Once a month the Toy Library has Bubz Biz, which is similar to a mothers group where a guest speaker will come and talk about topics of interest to all families. Some of the topics covered in the last year include asthma, preschool readiness, gentle exercise for busy mums, speech development, immunisation, introduction of solids by a dietician, Centrelink entitlements, services available to residents through the social services sector of shire, nude food, launch of 10 minute a day programme and international year of reading. Debbie Armstrong the local Baby and Families Health Nurse with HNEHS is also available to weigh and measure your baby or toddler.

Other celebrations and information sessions that have taken place since our relocation have included, Grandparents Day where Touriandi residents attended morning tea with our members, the ladies sewing group, children’s week celebrations in conjunction with the library kids book club, a range of sessions like toddler tales and little groovers with Gail from the Book Library, Easter craft and egg hunt, teddy bears picnic and sleepover, Families Week afternoon tea, “Wills” talk by Janelle Mack, Villa Rouge presentation, The Body Shop pamper session and a car restraint workshop with a free car seat giveaway.

Preschool children have visited on a number of occasions to celebrate sessions with us and one which stands out is the visit from Mayor John Coulton who read a “big book” to the kids as part of book week celebrations.

A new addition to the toy library is secure fenced area with a shade shelter at the rear of the building so if the children want to play outside the can play in a safe environment.

Grandparents also love us as we offer a casual membership, which only costs $15.00 and provides members with up to five borrows a year. The casual membership is a great way to fill the house with age appropriate toys as children are always growing from visit to visit.

The new and improved toy library was opened in November 2011 by The Honourable Richard Torbay and was attended by a number of special guests along with the invaluable people who helped make the move possible. Families NSW fund a portion of this service but a majority is money from the shire as they see this service as invaluable to families in our shire.

If you haven’t been in to see our service then please feel free to drop in for a chat with Tania and Andy.

Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00am till 1.00pm, Tuesday 10.00am till 5.00pm and Thursday 2 pm till 5 pm, 24 Finch Street (please note the driveway is not ours to use).

To contact the toy library please call: 0407 831 313.
Email address: toylibrary@gwydir.nsw.gov.au
We are now on Facebook under Bingara Toy Library.