St Margaret's News October 2016 - Page 8

Meg’s Toybox is one of the community groups that held an information stall at the 2015 and 2016 Community Diversity Festivals. Meg’s Toy Box was opened almost 35 years ago in November 1991 by the then Chief Minister, Rosemary Follett, with much fanfare. Present were many children, balloons, representatives from Presbytery, Noah’s Ark (the toy library for disabled in the ACT gave us a toy, and help in organising the toys) and the ACT government as well as everyone from St Margaret’s. It was originally manned by St Margaret’s members, twice a week. The toy library committee intended the library space to be an encouraging place for young families. The playground was welcoming, we encouraged playgroups to use the space and we offered support to young families. In 1993 the library joined forces with the ACT Playgroups Association. Meg’s Toy Library has continued to grow and evolve, with the support of many volunteers. It offers toys, puzzles and games for children aged from three months to five years. Toys can be hired for as little as 50 cents per week to member families. We strive to provide toys that are non-branded, durable and supportive of child development. Meg's Toy Library is a not-for-profit community organisation run by members, volunteers and a management committee. St Margaret’s office manager, Lynda Dyer, is the treasurer and is the principal point of contact between St Margaret’s and Meg’s Toybox. Amongst other things the Meg’s Toybox Website (http://megstoybox.org/) gives ten reasons to join the toy library: Save money on toys that children quickly outgrow Involve your child in choosing toys, without spending up big Expose your child to a wide variety of educational toys Explore new ideas and age appropriate toys and games for your child Reclaim your storage space (and sanity) by reducing the need to find toy storage solutions  Meet and socialise with other families in the area  Enjoy being a part of the community by volunteering along with other members  Check out baby toys, imagination play, big toys, puzzles, water play activities and much more available to hire  Our toys are safe, durable, good quality, imaginative, innovative, brand neutral and non-gendered where possible  We have cake tins available for hire      If you haven’t already done so, tell all your friends with young children about Meg’s Toybox. St Margaret's News 8 October 2016