North Beach community toy library ready to play


President Lindsay Rooney with her kids Daisy (3) and Faye (15 months). Due to a huge waiting list at Scarborough Toy Library a new one has opened in North Beach with many families in need of toys. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
President Lindsay Rooney with her kids Daisy (3) and Faye (15 months). Due to a huge waiting list at Scarborough Toy Library a new one has opened in North Beach with many families in need of toys. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

THE North Beach community toy library will give local parents and kids the chance to get a variety of toys on loan rather than buy them new.

The not-for-profit centre at Charles Riley Community Centre stocks more than 800 toys including scooters, games, puzzles and dress-ups.

Toy library president Lindsay Rooney said many toys were bought in consultation with a specialist for children with special needs.

“Our members are local families who have children from babies up to seven years old, we have a lot of grandparent members too,” she said.

“As a not for profit we rely on our members to contribute their time to help the library run.

“We have a strong community focus and being part of the library is a wonderful way to meet like minded families.”

Ms Rooney said a Lotterywest grant and support from the City of Stirling helped stock the new library with toys.

“Now is a fantastic time to join, particularly if children enjoy a variety of toys, or grandparents like to have different toys for visiting grandchildren,” she said.

“We have availability for about 20 new families to join us.”

The library is open a Saturday mornings between 9- 10:30 am or visit www.northbeachtoylibrary.org.au.