We provide members with a comprehensive range of toys and equipment suitable for children aged three months to six years.
Staff can assist families to choose suitable toys on request relevant for the age of your child, children with specific interests and abilities, and children with additional needs.
Toy Library being renamed as Toy Library Plus
Toy Library is being renamed Toy Library Plus to better reflect the scope of services, events and information that is available to families with young children. Not only have membership fees been simplified, a concession rate introduced, additional venues operating where families are able to borrow toys and equipment, but Toy Library Plus is also an avenue for parents to access resources for families with young children.
The aim of Toy Library Plus is to be responsive to community need and provide an affordable service that is accessible to all. In order to achieve this Toy Library Plus has, and will continue to pilot new ways of operating, such as the Toy Library and Pop in Playgroups (Keon Park), a mobile service at the ‘Play in the Park’ which is held each month at various locations in the municipality, and the provision of both morning and afternoon sessions at a number of locations.
As well as being able to borrow toys and equipment, Toy Library Plus is also the platform for families to discover how to start or join a Community Playgroup, obtain information about Community Events and play opportunities, and find out about Information Sessions for families with young children. Families can now sign up to the Toy Library Plus "Whats on for Families" eNewsletter by clicking on the link below. When you are on the page please Select the ‘Subscribe’ button in the top left hand corner of the screen and enter your details:
What’s On for Families
Hours of Operation as of 1 July 2016 (Keon Park Toy Library Plus & Pop in Playgroup will commence on 12 July 2016)
Monday: 9.30am - 11.30am Northcote Family Centre, 185-187 High Street Northcote (Corner of James Street and High Street)
Tuesday: 9.00am - 10.30am Keon Park Children's Hub, 1-7 Dole Ave, Reservoir (Toy Library & Pop in Playgroup, during school terms)
Wednesday: 9:30am - 11:30am Northcote Family Centre, 185-187 High Street Northcote (Corner of James Street and High Street)
Thursday: 10.00am - 12.00pm Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
Friday: 9.30am - 2.30pm Northcote Family Centre, 185-187 High Street Northcote (Corner of James Street and High Street)
Saturday: 10.00am - 12.00pm Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
Membership as of 1st January 2016
Annual Family Fee: $41
Concession Rate: $5
Group : $62.00
Additional toy (small): $2.00
Additional toy (large): $5.00
Note: Overdue fees apply
Families can borrow three toys per child for a period of four weeks. Items can be renewed by emailing or phoning the Toy Library. Toys can be returned to any site during hours of operation.
- Complete Toy Library Plus Application Form (hard copy forms are also available from all Toy Library sites).
- Return the form and an invoice will be given to you for payment which can be made at any Darebin Customer Service Centre
Toy Library Plus Brochure 2016
Toy Library Plus and Pop in Playgroup
Come for some or all of the time and you can:
- see the range of toys and equipment that are available for borrowing
- spend some time with you child playing with the activities that have been set up
- talk with City of Darebin staff about services for families with young children
- find out more about joining Toy Library
Play in the Park - the Toy Library Plus is going mobile!
The Toy Library Plus will be visiting a park in Darebin once a month and families are invited to join in the fun. It offers a free play opportunity with additional activities in the park. Its a great way for parents and children to make new friends. Participants will also be able to speak to City of Darebin staff about services for families with young children. Brochures will also be available for you to collect. Children will have a great time trying out some of the toys and equipment in the natural park surroundings. A selection of toy library equipment will be available to borrow on the day. Please see below flyer for a list of dates and times.
Play in the Park July to December 2016
26 October Play in the Park Children's Week Event
On 26 October 2016 Darebin City Council are running Play in the Park Children's Week 'Teddy Bear's Picnic' event at Edwardes Lake Park (Leamington Street, Reservoir) as part of the Children's Week. The event is free and no booking required, just bring your own Teddy Bear, picnic basket and refreshments to join the fun!
There will be activities on the day including a 'Story Time' run by our Librarians. A City of Darebin staff member will also be available on the day to discuss the services we offer to families with young children.
The event starts at 10.00am and ends at 12.00pm. Story Time will begin at 10.45am sharp.
The flyer for this event can be accessed via the link below.
Play in the Park Children's Week Event 2016 flyer
Further Information for Toy Library Plus
Phone: 8470 8104