Give a whole library of toys for Christmas

Toys, especially the durable, quality, educational kind, can be expensive.

Buying such a toy for one child this Christmas may be affordable – but buying one each for a family of two, three or five children could prove prohibitive.

The solution, according to the Manawatu Toy Library’s Jo Lewis, is to buy a $95 annual family toy library membership and have year-round access to a variety of toys for each child in the family.

“A good quality toy averages at around $100. If you’re looking at a trike or or any of the bigger toys – they can be over $400,” Lewis said.

Read the full article at the Manawatu Standard website.

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This entry was posted on December 10, 2016.

New location for Palmerston North’s ‘playroom of the city’

Toys can be transitory. And pricey.  40 years ago, to help counter these costs of childhood, a group of parents set up the Palmerston North Toy Library in the old Main St City Library.

Since then, this ark of toys has moved periodically, spending time in the former St Andrews Church hall in Ashley St, before moving to Queen Elizabeth College in Edgeware Rd in 2000, and then to the old Amberley Ave scout hall.

A new library chapter was started during the recent school holidays when its playthings and puzzles were packed up and shifted from Amberley Ave where it had been for 18 months, to a more central location.

A spacious premises in the Freedom Print retail precinct on the corner of Church and Cook streets across from the central fire station is now its new home.

Read the full article at the Manawatu Standard website.

This entry was posted on September 15, 2016.

Term 4 Newsletter 2015

This month’s newsletter reminds everyone that the last day to borrow items from the toy library for this year is Thursday the 17th of December. The Manawatu Toy Library is also now on Facebook.

MTL Newsletter Term 4 2015

This entry was posted on December 12, 2015.