Esperance Toy Library to hold open day at Activ

Esperance Toy Library president Sarah Hogg, Tom Hogg and Activ customer engagement coordinator Meredith Clark. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Esperance Toy Library president Sarah Hogg, Tom Hogg and Activ customer engagement coordinator Meredith Clark. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

Following a recent relocation to a space in Activ Esperance, the Esperance Toy Library will hold an open day to show what the library has to offer and encourage new members to join.

The open day will be held Saturday, March 23 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Activ Esperance. 

Esperance Toy Library president Sarah Hogg said the library's old space was old, dark and leaking. 

Mrs Hogg said she believed Activ had "saved" the local toy library by offering them their bright and new space. 

"We are really enjoying the partnership that we've got with Activ and having them rent us a space, when there was nowhere else in town we could go," she said. 

The library is suitable for children aged zero to six and has a wide range of toys, blocks, games and puzzles. 

Members can hire up to three toys and one puzzle for a maximum of four weeks.

The library is open most Saturdays from 9:30am to 11:00am. 

The group recently received a $1000 Community Grant from the Shire of Esperance, which allowed them to upgrade their selection.

The library plans to use future grants to expand their selection of toys designed for infants. 

Mrs Hogg said the hire system was beneficial for young children as well as being environmentally friendly.

"Kids tend to get sick of toys and may only play with them for a week or two and then they get pushed aside," she said.

"The great thing with a toy library is you can come down and get different toys and your kids are constantly entertained.

"Toy libraries are great for the environment because less toys end up in landfill."

Mrs Hogg said the open day would be a great way to enjoy the fun atmosphere the library had and to see what was available.

Membership for 2019 is $80, but there is a special $50 membership offer for the open day only. 

All toys on will be on display and there will be face painting and a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation.

Activ Esperance customer operations manager Lynda Paxton said the Activ Learning and Development Centre (ALDC), previously Noah's Ark, was building partnerships with local toy libraries across regional WA.

"This means there will be opportunity to have local therapists involved to recommend toys from the local community as well as the ALDC and to promote an inclusive environment for children and families with and without disability," she said.