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The North Shore Community Toy Library on Auckland's North Shore is run by highly motivated and skilled volunteers that want to make a difference by growing our children into resilient citizen (our volunteers spend combined 40 hours per week). We are the biigest Toy Library on the Shore and we have been existing for 25 years (former North Shore Plunket Toy Library) providing generations of children with high quality education toys and being a community meeting point.

We stock over 1,400 high quality educational toys, games, puzzles, CDs and DVDs for young children which can be borrowed for a small annual fee.

 

We offer:

  • Access to hundreds of educational toys for young children
    (Having the opportunity to try toys before you buy them , Borrow toys that match your child's age, stage of development and interests, borrow toys that facilitate a particular skill development in children)
  • Help the environment by borrowing rather than purchasing (we save around 1,200 toys annually from landfill, high quality toys prevent use of cheap and possible toxic plastic toys that can harm particularly young children, Avoid storage issues of multiple bulky toys)
  • Less financial outlay than purchasing toys which supports low income families
    (A family in NZ spend an average of $400-$600 per child per year on toys, a quality toy can cost between $100-$600 which is not affordable for may families)
  • Community connection
    (An opportunity to meet other families in the community and network, Volunteer opportunities to upskill and also integrate, connection and inclusion of elderlies, youth and immigrants)

Our main focus is to offer educational quality toys to young children, however, over the past years our role has become more comprehensive and we are now strongly focusing on inclusion into the community. We are offering inclusion for children from low income families giving them the same educational opportunities. We furthermore connecting and integrating students, elderlies and particularly immigrants into our society allowing for a more resilient community.


Joining is easy

Just pop down to the library during one of our sessions to have a browse of the toys, pay whichever membership fee you've chosen to our librarian (we accept cash and bank transfer, please bring an ID), fill out some forms and you're away!

 

How you can help

We are welcoming volunteers of any age or capabilty. Tasks around the Toy Library are easy and we wish to include anyone who is willing to make an impact in our community and enjoys being around young kids. With more volunteers we can offer more services to our local families.

We are excepting toy donation (un-broken and quality toys only) and are currently looking into putting up a storage shed (so we are in need of one).

Get in touch if you think you can help! 



The library is open


Wednesday 7:00 - 8.30pm
Friday 9:30 - 11:30am
Saturday 9:30 - 11:30am
Sunday 3 - 4:30pm
(we are open during school holidays, we are closed over the Easter weekend and taking a 4 week Chrismas break)


We welcome your queries through our Facebook page, 021 0286 3072 or on librarian.nsctl@gmail.com. See you down at the library soon!

 

 

 

+++ Latest News +++

+++ New Wednesday Session +++

Starting from 3rd of July we will be adding another Toy Library Session on Wendeday evenings from 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm.

+++ Allan Chartered Accounting Ltd supports us+++

This small local family business has offered us support with our Xero subscription fee.

+++ Upper Harbour and Hibscus and Bays Local Board Grants +++

Triple lucky this month: Upper Harbour Local Board supports us with $800 and Hibscus and Bays Local Board with $500 towards STEM toys.

+++ Four Winds Grant +++

We are fortunate to have received $1,000 towards Doris' wages which eases our expenses and allows us to focus on toy replacements.