Toy library to hold open day

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Toys, glorious toys.

North Otago families can get a closer look at one of the district’s most entertaining places on Saturday.

The North Otago Toy Library in Oamaru is holding an open day between 10am and 1pm at its Thames St base as part of Toy Library Awareness Week.

Local businesses have contributed to the open day, which will feature a free sausage sizzle, membership deals, three free toy hires, prizes for every child, a colouring competition and games.

The North Otago Toy Library has more than 600 educational and fun toys for an affordable price.

It also carries a range of toys designed for children with leaning needs.

“We are all about the children,” library spokeswoman Sarah Cromwell said.

“Giving each child – no matter their age, ability, intellect, family income or situation – the opportunity to do what every child should have the right to do: simply be a child, play and have fun.

“Our small committee of volunteers are passionate about the Waitaki community and the toy library, and just want to get the wonderful services that we offer out there so that everyone can know who we are, what we can offer and how they can utilise the services of our library.”

North Otago Toy Library is a non-profit, charitable organisation run by a small committee of volunteers, who source mainly grant funding to cover the operational costs and new toy purchases.

The organisation has one paid position, new librarian Daniela Zavallone Messeri.