Shiny and new home for toy library

More than 1500 toys and puzzles have been carefully moved to enable the Broadmeadows Toy Library to operate from a livelier facility.

The library has functioned for 30 years, and recently commenced in rooms designed and fitted especially for its massive collection of toys, at the Broadmeadows Leisure Centre.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the Broadmeadows Toy Library’s new headquarters was a vast improvement.

“The library used to operate at a site along Bannister Street in Jacana, but Council wanted to provide a more modern environment for this important service,” Cr Atmaca said.

“The Broadmeadows Toy Library is now in a very central location, and parents will find it easy to access because the leisure centre is close to bus stops, the Broadmeadows Train Station and the Broadmeadows Shopping Centre.

“The new rooms are light and bright, and offer a major boost to a library that has served generations of Hume families.”

The Broadmeadows Toy Library offers many different types of toys, from scooters, slides and ride-on toys, to Lego, fire stations, dolls houses and construction toys.

Anyone who lives in Hume or Moreland can join the library, and membership is $25 for a six-month subscription.

Members can borrow up to three toys and a puzzle, and keep those items for three weeks.

Cr Atmaca said Hume City Council was keen to support the Broadmeadows Toy Library.

“Toys are an essential part of growing up because they help children to learn in a really fun manner,” he said.

“The items available at the Broadmeadows Toy Library assist youngsters to be creative and enable their imaginations to develop in a positive way.

“The volunteers at the library can help parents to select a toy that will assist a particular child to grow, because they understand how different toys interact with youngsters and instil certain skills.

“Children who thread beads, for example, improve their motor skills.”

Toy libraries can benefit parents who have limited room at home to store toys, and they also enable families to try a particular toy before they buy it at the shops.

Cr Atmaca encouraged Hume’s youngest families to consider whether the Broadmeadows Toy Library could advantage them.

“Many children can lose interest in an individual toy after several weeks, so this library affords a useful way to access a wide variety of toys for a limited period,” he said.

Hume City Council coordinates many services that support children, including childcare, preschool and library activities, such as Story Time.

The Broadmeadows Toy Library is open on Tuesdays (9.30am-1.30pm) and Thursdays (3.00pm-6.00pm) at Broadmeadows Leisure Centre in Dimboola Road.

Further information is here

Posted on 12:00 AM, 20 July 2015

Updated : 9:55 AM, 20 July 2015

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