Beechworth Toy Library

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How long have you been operating for? 30 years - but after a hiatus for a couple of years we reopened in late 2021 at our new location.

Where are you located? Corner William and Ford streets Beechworth, at the rear of the Uniting Church. We are lucky to have a fabulous fenced off grass area for outdoor play, as well as our indoor toy display rooms and baby change facilities.

Tell us about the types of work you do: We provide affordable access to a wide range of toys, to promote learning through play. For a small annual membership fee, families or carers can borrow an unlimited amount of toys. It's a great opportunity to try before you buy, reduce clutter, avoid waste and socialise with others. We are open every Saturday morning and other times by appointment because we know Saturday mornings can be busy! We also hold some special events such as the recent Easter egg hunt, and are always keen to hear feedback from the community about how to improve our service.

Tell us about how important volunteers are to your work: Volunteers are absolutely critical to our work! We are a voluntary incorporated association, requiring a volunteer committee to manage the toy library. Without volunteers (and members!) the toy library would not be able to continue to operate. We need to embrace the sharing economy now more than ever, so we really hope the toy library continues to be supported by the community.

What types of tasks do you need more volunteers for? Volunteer roles include: Chairperson/President, Secretary, Treasurer, Toy Manager, communications and marketing, grants and systems administration. We also have volunteers staffing the library during each opening session, and during events. We have a big job to do currently: going through all the existing and new stock, rationalising our collection, creating a digital catalogue of toys, and labelling all toys. The perfect challenge for someone that loves organising!

What is the best way for someone to get in touch if they'd like to volunteer with you? Email us at Beechworthtoylibrary@outlook.com.au or find us on Facebook.