Ten years of toy joy

Darcey Forrester with her mother Heather at Belmont Toy Library. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d400349
Darcey Forrester with her mother Heather at Belmont Toy Library. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d400349

She is in the Belmont Toy Library, a not-for-profit, community- based organisation that hires out toys to residents of the City of Belmont and will celebrate its 10th anniversary this week.

The library group has about 50 members who meet every Saturday morning at the Redcliffe Park Community Centre, where for three hours kids play with toys while parents rent out a new collection for the fortnight.

Darcey’s mother Heather is the president of the organisation and said the library was a great way for families to try out toys and connect with their community.

‘The kids love it because for two and a half hours they play with all the toys and other kids, and it connects you to other parents in the community,’ she said.

‘We’ve even had grandparents get really excited about it and join up, so they have toys when their grandchildren come to visit.

‘It also saves on space because you can refresh your collection every two weeks.’

Mrs Forrester said there were about 1000 toys in the Toy Library that targeted children up to six, with princess dresses and trikes amongst the most popular, and the organisation was negotiating with the council about moving to a larger facility to expand the collection.

On May 18, the library will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a community open day at the centre, which would include a sausage sizzle, bouncy castle and face painting.