Toy library offers trial during special week

Tiana Bailey enjoying one of the 700+ toys available atthe Franklin Community Toy Library

Tiana Bailey enjoying one of the 700+ toys available atthe Franklin Community Toy Library

The Franklin Community Toy Library in Pukekohe is celebrating the value of play during this week’s Toy Library Awareness Week.
They are inviting families to have a free trial of their toy library for two weeks, and the first five people to become new members will also get a free gift.
This offer is open until the end of May.
For 25 years toy libraries have worked together through the International Toy Library Association (ITLA) to encourage play around the world. Play helps children develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, a spokesperson for the group said.
“Despite play being a basic need for children, its value is not well understood in society.
With an emphasis on academic achievement and the growth of screen-based games, there is less unstructured play.
“In New Zealand there are over 220 toy libraries, offering members access to a fantastic range of quality toys. A Toy Library can help parents and carers learn about the different stages of child development.
Becoming a toy library member is a win for the environment as families share toys and that means less purchases and less landfill. Toy libraries also aim to support families and encourage togetherness.
“Our session times are Wednesday evenings 6:30pm – 8.30pm and Thursday mornings 10:00 – 12:00 The Franklin Community Toy Library can be found to the left side of Franklin Baptist Church in Victoria Street West,” the spokesperson added.
“Come and meet our friendly librarians and see what a difference it can make to family play times when some different toys are introduced to your home.”

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