Don’t buy, borrow

SHEPPARTON TOY LIBRARY... Oliver 5, Tristan 10, mum and committee member Virginia Campbell and Lila 7 enjoying some of the larger toys on offer, perfect for parties, at the Shepparton Toy Library. Photo: Stephanie Holliday

YOU’RE not alone if you feel like picking up a seemingly never-ending mountain of toys day in, day out is up there with the most monotonous of chores. Teaching our children to pick them up themselves is one way to help, but we’ve all had those days when it’s just easier to get it done ourselves.

Added to that, hands up if you’ve also found toys tend to lose their luster after only a few weeks of ownership, cast aside in favour of something else. If this all sounds familiar, you need to join a toy library.

Toy libraries are a brilliant initiative whereby families have access to over 1000 high-quality toys to borrow.

Shepparton’s own community toy library is managed and run by members and operates under a COVID safe plan. It provides the added bonus of members being able to engage with their community and meet other young families.
As the initiative is run by its members, extra helping hands and new members are always welcome.

The ability to borrow toys rather than purchase them has many merits, for one it helps save space at home with the ability to return them to avoid clutter. Having a variety of different toys passing through the home also keeps children engaged and reduces the number of toys that end up in landfill.

They also offer a range of party packs for hire – an easy way to add extra fun to the next birthday in the family.

The library is located on the corner of Balaclava and Numurkah Road, Shepparton and is open every Saturday from 10am until 12pm and on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10am-12pm. For further information, check out their website and give them a follow on both Instagram and Facebook.