Toy Library Awards
A huge congratulations to Ayse Bayramoglu, Kew Toy Library’s Co-Ordinator, who was recognised as Toy Librarian of the year, along with Erica Breedon from Bayside Toy Library. Ayse received the award at the informative and successful 2019 Annual Training Day.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ayse for her tireless efforts, dedication and for making the Kew Toy Library a welcoming and fun resource for all our members.
In addition to Ayse’s award, we are very proud to announce that Kew Toy Library received the Large Toy Library of the Year award, for improvements to membership base, toy range and member engagement made over the past 12 months.
It is a great honour to be recognised among our peers of dedicated and motivated volunteers. A big part of this award is dedicated to you, our fabulous members, for your support of our service. We couldn’t do what we do without you! Thanks for making the Kew Toy Library a very special place.
Clean toy, clean conscience
Don’t forget to give all toys, clothes and costumes a wash before returning them so the next child has the same clean toys to play with as your child does!
Our volunteers do a wonderful job making sure toys are in top borrowing condition, but we need your help to keep our toy catalogue in good shape. Please remember it is your responsibility to return items clean.
We understand that sometimes life gets in the way of best-laid plans – so there is also a cleaning station at the library if you haven’t had a chance to do it before returning your toys.
Our aim is to keep membership prices affordable by avoiding the introduction of financial penalties for toys returned in an unclean state.
Nappy Stress a pressing issue for 250,000 children across Australia
Approximately 250,000 children live in families that experience nappy stress, across Australia. In Victoria alone, around 35.000 families don’t have enough nappies to change their children as often as they need to and are likely to cut back on other essentials in order to afford enough nappies.
How can you help?
Drop your unused disposable nappies to the Kew Toy Library by 24 May, to be redistributed by the Nappy Collective to vulnerable families in our local community.
Snapshot: Gillian Savige – Volunteer
What made you volunteer with the Kew Toy Library?
I started volunteering in my community as I feel it’s important to give back where possible. My Great Uncle, after World War 1, started Legacy, the support charity for war widows and their families, and we as a family have been encouraged to volunteer where possible.
What toys have you come across that you wish you’d had during your own childhood?
The toys I wish I had when I was a child are many of the great and creative Lego sets available now. I also would have loved a bike but we lived on a steep hill, so perhaps not such a good idea! The balance bikes we have in the library are so fantastic and a great option for kids today.
One piece of advice you’d give to a new Mum
The advice I would give to a new Mum would be, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Of course I would also advise to ask for a Toy Library membership instead of getting lots of toys as gifts.
Join us for World Play Day!
When: 9:30am – 11:30am, Thursday 30 May
Where: Kew Toy Library, 152 Pakington St, Kew
Make sure to bring a spare change of clothes for the kids as there will be some water play available.
Have you completed a roster duty session recently?
It’s easy to check how many of your two, two-hour sessions you have completed, login to your account at https://kewtoylibrary.setls.com.au.
If you’re free on Fridays between 10:30am and 12:30pm we would greatly appreciate your time – these sessions are often busy with more volunteers needed.
There’s also a range of benefits of volunteering including:
- Being able to borrow two extra toys, on top of your membership limit
- Being able to borrow toys as soon as they are returned
- Seeing the range of available toys available.
If you have paid your $60 roster exemption levy there is no requirement to volunteer, but you are still very welcome to volunteer!