The Cubby House Library Toy Library service is now even easier to use!
Borrowing – come and look or click online.
If you want to borrow from the library at Forestville, you can call in on:
- Mondays 12.00pm to 2.30pm
- Thursdays 10.00am to 2pm
Have a look at the collection and ask advice from our library coordinators and volunteer team or organise your order through the online library catalogue.
There are over 2,000 toys and books to borrow from, all selected by our educators, occupational therapist, speech pathologists, and physiotherapists to support child development. We also receive wonderful donations of quality toys.
Whatever way you look at it toy library reduces costs.
Borrowing means less cost for families when purchasing a toy, in managing waste and time tidying and storing toys. Click and Collect reduces costs even further as you have less distant to drive to pick up toys because our great volunteers help out. It also means that you don’t need to miss out if you live too far away from the main Toy Library.
Did you know that 51% of toys are likely to become waste?
A UK study found that 1 in 3 parents have thrown away toys in perfect working order. A “survey of parents discovered that, on average, a child loses interest in a toy within just 36 days. A fifth of parents said their child lost interest after 11 hours of play, while 8% said their children became bored in less than an hour.” By borrowing toys families have the same amount of use from a toy, but once used it doesn’t become waste, it’s enjoyed by many more children.
Try before you buy or don’t even buy.
Sometimes you don’t know whether a toy or equipment like a bike will suit or interest you child. A toy library is a perfect way to try something out. If you come to the library you can even try out a variety of toys.
Toy Libraries do more than recycle. They provide a wide variety of learning experiences to all families.
New Service launched
The new Click and Collect services were launched on April 6 at Manly Library. With children playing with balls and trains and blocks at our feet Northern Beaches Library team, Mayor Regan, Northern Beaches Councillors and Matt Cross member for Davidson and the Cubby House Library Team invited the community to make use of this new opportunity to borrow and play.
This new service extends Cubby House Toy Library’s 40 year history of support of operating in the community and long partnership with Northern Beaches Council. The partnership with the Northern Beaches Council Libraries came after the Council consulted with the community late last year on ways to reduce plastic toy waste.
Click and Collect started as a COVID safe measure at our offices at Forestville and North Sydney but it has been kept on as an essential part of the Cubby House service because it is so popular.
The launch recognised the impact of partnerships and the way they can support sustainability and promote innovation. The EarlyEd Toy Library team wish to thank our partners for the practical support to establish this program.
- Northern Beaches council for such ongoing commitment to children and families.
- Council’s librarians for making Click and Collect at Manly and Mona Vale possible and manageable.
- Our willing volunteers for bringing play and learning to more children.
Be a partner too. Join the library and spread the word across the community so that more children and families can benefit. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or scribe to our newsletter to find out about ways to use the toys in your home to support your child’s learning.
- by the Australian Toy Association said that The Circular Economy Action Plan and Road Map For Toys – June 22 https://austoy.com.au/sustainability/sustainability-project
- Millions Of Toys Are Binned Because Kids Don’t Play With Them By Sara Spary 09/04/2019