Kidz Korner Toy Library

Q: How do I join?

A: You’re welcome to come visit the toy library anytime it’s open to look around, then join up on the spot. Alternatively, download the membership form and bring it in.

Q: What toys are available to borrow?

We have over 650 different items, including toys, games, puzzles, dress-up costumes, sporting equipment and ride-on toys such as balance bikes. We focus on developmental and educational toys, and our collection includes wooden and plastic items.

Q: What ages are the toys suitable for?

A: We have a wide variety of toys suitable for babies and children from four months to eight years of age.  

Q: How long can I borrow toys for?

A: Toys are loaned for up to two weeks at a time.

Q: How many toys can I borrow?

A: As a member, you may borrow five toys which includes a maximum of one large toy.

Q: I want to borrow a party I have to be a member?

A: Yes. The party packs are an added benefit of membership.

Q: Where are the toys from?

A: Toys are sourced from many different places, including donations from families in the community. We also get toys from local toy shops, educational suppliers.

Q: Are the toys clean?

A: Members are expected to clean toys before returning them so the next child can enjoy them. We ask all members to return toys in the condition that they would like to borrow them.

Q: What do I have to do for Rostered Duty?

A: Duty is from 9:15am to 11:15am on a Tuesday and from 9:45am to 11:45am on a Saturday. You help check-in the toys, by counting the individual pieces that make up the toy to check they're all there and that they toy is in good condition ie. clean and in working order and then scan them back into the database before returning them to the correct shelf. If it's a quiet session you might be asked to help tidy the cupboards, replace bags that are wearing out, re-label toys and help with getting new toys into circulation.

Q: Do I get to choose my shifts?

A: Yes, you can choose the time that best suits you. The roster is posted online in quarterly intervals — you can add your name to it once you have joined the toy library. If you have not selected duty dates, the committee will allocate them on your behalf. You’ll be sent a reminder prior to the week of your shift.

Q: Can I bring my child/ren along to my shift?

A: Of course! But please note that it can get busy at times and it can be hard to concentrate if your child/ren want your attention. You will know if it is right for you and your child/ren.

Q: What happens if I can't make my shift?

A: If you are unable to make our rostered duty, it is your responsibility to swap with another member. You can do this using the roster, or with the help of our librarian. The librarian must be notified of the swap. Failure to turn up to a rostered duty is one of the biggest ways to lose friends at the toy library and will result in a $25 fine.

Q: Is there an alternative to doing the roster?

A: We rely on roster duty volunteers to help run the toy library, and membership requires each family to serve on a roster during open hours. However as we are getting busier and families are unable to commit we have the option of 'buying out' your duty, this additional fee enables us to fund another helper for the library in your absence.

Q: What happens if I lose a piece from a toy?

A: Items returned with missing pieces are issued a non-refundable administration fine of $5.00 as an initial fee, with subsequest costs to be addressed by the committee as required.

Q: What if a toy was already missing a piece when I borrowed it?

A: It’s important to check your toys and count all the pieces for items you are borrowing before leaving the toy library. If anything is missing, check with the librarian to ensure it’s already noted on the database.

If a member chooses to wait until they get home to do this, any missing pieces or damage must be reported to the librarian on the day of issue.

As part of your loan, you’ll receive a receipt listing each toy, game and puzzle borrowed. This receipt details the number of pieces, any damage or missing pieces and the due date for return.

Q: What if my toys are overdue?

A: Overdue toys incur a non-refundable fine of $2.00 per toy per full week.

Q: What happens if I break a toy?

A: We understand that despite your best efforts this can happen! While allowances are made for normal wear and tear, members are issued a non-refundable administration fine of $5.00 as an initial fee, with subsequest costs required to pay for the cost of repair if an item is returned with significant damage. If an item is lost or returned in a condition beyond repair, you are required to contribute a reasonable sum towards the replacement cost. (This sum is determined by the Kidz Korner Toy Library Committee.)

Q: Who runs the toy library?

A: The Library is a non-profit community service; we are not a council or government organisiation or a private company. We are a group of parents working together to benefit our children. The library is run by the members and a volunteer committee, who looks after the day-to-day running of the library. The commitee meet once a month and in between they work from their own homes organising library matters. The library also employs a librarian, Amie, who is the friendly face who will greet you when you arrive.