They’ve been open for two years in their purpose-built premises, but have been in operation for 33 years, bringing joy to hundreds of children.
The Franklin Community Toy Library, located behind the Franklin Baptist Church in Pukekohe, are a local organisation providing toys, games and DVDs for children and families to borrow, bring back and swap.
There are hundreds of toys for babies from zero to eight years.Amanda Bailey, librarian for the Toy Library says she loves seeing the joy on the faces of the children who come in.
“They get such a buzz out of it, and the parents are really grateful.”
“Parents can experiment with borrowing, see what toys their children like and then buy them themselves for Christmas presents if it’s a hit with the kids.”
Having a toy library is also an environmentally friendly option, reducing waste to landfill.
The library continues to operate because of the grants, donations and fundraisers to help buy new toys.
On Friday 15 September from 7pm to 9pm, the Franklin Community Toy Library are having a Pop-Up Op Shop Fundraiser. Tickets can be purchased from the Franklin Baptist Church office on Victoria St West. They are also looking for donations of good quality used clothing, shoes and toys.