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New toy library opens at Howard
6 September 2019
A tricycle, light and sound toys for babies, board games and more can be borrowed for free from the new toy library at Howard.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the expansion of services at Howard Library was a meaningful addition to the community.
“Play forms an important part of a child’s development and a toy library offers caregivers a great way to keep challenging youngsters as their skills progress,” he said.
Cr Seymour said the fantastic new addition to the Howard Library built on the toy borrowing collections already established in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
“We’re delighted that we can help stimulate the imagination and creativity of children, encourage them to engage and interact with the world around them and facilitate the development of their physical skills,” he said.
Fraser Coast Libraries regional librarian Tara Webb said one room at Howard Library had been dedicated to toys and adult members could borrow up to four toy items for three weeks as part of their overall 20-item borrowing limit.
“We saw a need to expand our toy library services beyond the region’s main population centres so that as many people as possible have easy access to the services that will improve their lives,” she said.
“Joining the library is free for locals and we hope everyone in Howard and surrounds will take advantage of all of the library’s services – from borrowing toys, books, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks and jigsaw puzzles to using computers for free and more.”
Ms Webb said the Howard Library was also seeking volunteers to join the Friends of the Library group to help out for a few hours each week.
“Anyone who is interested in volunteering can pick up an application form from the library,” she said.
Howard Library, in Steley Street, is open from 9am to 1pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1pm to 5pm on Thursday and 8am to 11am on Saturday or phone 4129 4144.