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Pop-Up Toy Library set to open, pushing learning through play


Toys, puzzles, costumes, blocks, dolls and games will be available to the youngest family members when Maitland Library welcomes its new Pop-Up Toy Library later this month. 

Launching on 20 October, the weekly borrow branch will be open at the Gillieston Heights hub on Fridays between 3pm and 5.30pm. 

The toy library aims to bring joy and educational opportunities to children aged zero to eight, living in the Maitland LGA. 

Discovery and play are vital elements in a child’s development.

The itiniative is supported by RDO Hunter distributors for John Deere. 

“Discovery and play are vital elements in a child’s development, nurturing their imagination and creativity,” says Maitland Libraries coordinator community participation Carol Edmonds. 

“In line with the initiative, the toys purchased for the library and supplied from RDO Hunter will be durable and safe, ecofriendly, culturally diverse and geared towards developing fine motor, gross motor and cognitive skills.” 

In the 2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) children residing in the Maitland LGA were found to be at greater risk of illiteracy. 

In fact, statistics revealed that one in five children were identified as vulnerable or at risk in language and cognitive skills.  

“This initiative strives to support children as they embark on their educational journey, nurturing a lifelong passion for learning through play,” says Ms Edmonds. 

“We have specifically chosen toys that align with the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) and we hope to provide opportunities for children to learn, grow and play their way to a brighter future.” 

Toy Library is coming to Maitland.

Members of Maitland Libraries are automatically Toy Library members as well. 

There is no cost to join or borrow toys, with a diverse range of toys suitable for children from newborns to early school years available. 

From dress-ups, water-play, and large outdoor toys, to puzzles and counters, wheeled toys, Indigenous cultural toys, and sensory toys. 

For more information about the toy library and the launch event, visit www.maitlandlibrary.com.au/whats-on/popup-library. 

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