Toy Story

October 02nd, 2019
Toy Story
Thousands of puzzles, games and gizmos providing learning and joy to hundreds of little kids over 40 years is an achievement worth celebrating.

The Adelaide Hills Toy Library was established in 1979 as a resource hub for children to have access to a comprehensive range of toys.

Long-term committee member Penny Kretschmer said the library has been a vital resource within the Hills community.

“The library is turning 40 this year and we are celebrating such an important milestone by inviting the community to the library to have a bit of fun with some cake and entertainment,” she said.

“I originally became a volunteer in 2011 when my daughter was about six months old and stayed on because I think it's an amazing community resource.

“The library is such an amazing thing to have in the community and it has thrived for 40 years – it's time we celebrate that accomplishment.”

Penny said being involved with the toy library and its committee has been a very rewarding time in her life.

“I guess the most fulfilling part of working here is seeing the volunteer membership thrive,” she said.

“When I joined the committee in 2014, we had so few volunteers and we were struggling to keep the library open, but since then we have had so many people want to help and give back to their community that we have managed to open up another shift.”

Penny said reaching a 40 year marker is an achievement for any organisation but is an especially great achievement for the volunteer-run toy library to reach.

“It's a huge milestone and we're trying to get in contact with some of the past committee chairs and as many people that have volunteered or been otherwise involved in the last 40 years as we can,” she said.

“We're having a birthday cake, an entertainer, crafts and face painting on the day all for free.”

“It's going to be a special couple of hours.”

Current committee chairperson at the toy library Emma-Louise Crosby said the event is set to be a really good day out for the family.

Celebrating a milestone like this does not come often, and Emma-Louise said the library has allowed children to borrow toys, games and puzzles that support their development.

“The 40th birthday is going to be a great event for the whole community to come together,” she said.

“The toy library is an integral part of the community because it offers a range of items that cover all stages of development and growth.

“It's also a 100 percent volunteer-run organisation and the work every volunteer does for the community is fantastic and worth celebrating.”

The free celebration will be held at the Aldgate Memorial Hall on Sunday, October 13 from 2.30pm-4.30pm.

To RSVP, email contactus@hillstoylibrary.org.au or call 8339 1244.

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