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December newsletter

Updated: May 12




Ride with us at the refurbished Kew Traffic School

Yes, it’s true! We’re excited to bring you our annual member event (in person!) - a way for us to say a big thank you for supporting us - which is appreciated every year, but especially so after that year that was 2020.


From 9.15am - 11.15am Saturday 12 December, Kew Toy Library members can pedal, park, broom and zoom at the Kew Traffic School for a morning of thrills and spills. Tickets to our member event are free and places are limited, so book yours today!


Help your little one develop important road safety skills and gain confidence on their bicycle, tricycle or scooter and most importantly HAVE FUN!


Book your ticket NOW! Limited numbers due to current restrictions on outdoor gatherings. With only 50 tickets up for grabs, you won’t want to miss out.

  • 1 x ticket each for every child and adult (children under 12 months don’t require a ticket)

  • First in best dressed

  • To minimise high touch interactions, this year there will be no sausage sizzle or food provided. Please BYO any food, snacks or drinks.

  • Door prizes up for grabs!

Book your tickets here - https://ktlkewtrafficschool.eventbrite.com.au



Come and visit us soon!

Have you been in to see Ayse since we re-opened on 17 November? She is so excited about seeing all of your faces again.


Come and say hello, browse the shelves and check out the new toys, Ayse has been busy during lockdown 😉 Restock with new toys in time for the holidays. A reminder that our opening hours haven’t changed:


Tuesday: 9.30am - 11.30am

Wednesday: 2.30pm - 4.30pm and 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Friday: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Saturday: 9.30am - 2.00pm

One way traffic at Kew Toy Library

When you do drop by, make sure to enter through the front glass sliding doors and exit through the side door.


No entry via the side door is permitted - this applies to returns or in library browsing or a combination of the two.


Not only does this help us meet the social distancing requirements, it also allows us to monitor how many people are in the library at any one time.




Welcome to your new committee

On 21st November the Kew Toy Library Management Committee held our Annual General Meeting. We welcomed four new members to the committee and farewelled 8 members. Thank you to all our outgoing members for your support of this wonderful organisation, and in particular, to our past President Kathryn Crawford for her incredible leadership during such a difficult year. This is your new-look committee:


President Esther Brakey

Vice-President Marita Alexander

Secretary Likhith Daggupati

MCHC Co-ordinator Naomi Jaensch

Grants Officer Zac Buchanan

Fundraising Officer Farah Billimoria

IT Officer Ruth Byrne

Communications Officer Sarah Scott

Marketing Officer Rumi Jimulia

Assistant Treasurer Jane Ransome

Toy Maintenance Officer Amy Hiller

Social Media Officer Aubrey Hamlett


We need a treasurer, could it be you?

Could it be you? Your strong financial capabilities see you managing all financial aspects of Kew Toy Library ensuring the provision of accurate and timely financial information to the KTL Committee. You will provide financial direction and support to the Committee, ensuring the financial position remains sustainable.


Tasks and responsibilities

  • Financial Reporting of profit and loss and balance sheet, including Committee reporting and performance commentary.

  • Financial review of fundraising initiatives and assessment of out of budget expenditure requests versus benefits and financial viability.

  • Bendigo Bank account signatory and preparation and processing of payments.

  • Monthly cash reconciliation of cash and eftpos payments against SETLS (Toy Library software) reports and banking of cash deposits.

  • Processing of payroll on a fortnightly basis in Quickbooks and submission of PAYG and superannuation lodgement and payments on a quarterly basis.

  • Review employee award payment rates under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 [MA000100], update Quickbooks as necessary.

  • Support the President with any HR queries relating to the coordinator employment contracts, specialist advice from an HR Advisor or other Toy Libraries may also be required.

  • Compile P&L and balance sheet, including Committee reporting and performance commentary.

  • Prepare quarterly accounts, annual financial statements and monitor/adjust the KTL budget as required.

  • Maintain financial records and ensure Insurance is up to date.


Is this you? Get in touch! president@kewtoylibrary.org.au PLEASE NOTE: this is a volunteer position and you will need to be a resident of Victoria to express interest.


Our doors will be open until the end of the year, except for the public holidays of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. We’ll then be closed from 1 January, re-opening Tuesday 12 January 2021.


Wednesday 23 December – open

Friday 25 December - closed

Saturday 26 December - closed

Tuesday 29 December - open

Wednesday 30 December - open

1 January - 11 January - closed

Tuesday 12th January - open



Stuck for gift ideas?

Not sure what gift to get a child? We’re all familiar with the uncertainty of will they or won’t they like it? Do they already have one?


Instead of buying something new that will ultimately end up in land fill, why not give a Kew Toy library gift voucher, the present that truly lasts all year.


As well as being zero waste, children can choose the toys they’re interested in or discover the latest and best at the Kew Toy Library. There are six and twelve month voucher options available and look fantastic. Go green, shop locally and be mindful this festive season. Ask Ayse for more information.



Free webinar from a leading parenting expert

Join Dr Justin Coulson for an online webinar on building family connection in a stressed-out world. How do we help our children succeed, manage our commitments and still find a way to be present for our kids when so much is going on?


Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s leading parenting, relationships and wellbeing experts and is a highly sought-after international speaker and author. When: Wednesday, 9 December from 7pm-8.30pm Where: Delivered via Zoom Book: https://professionalspeakersaustralia.zoom.us/j/97229708814

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