Change in Newport Branch Saturday Opening Hours

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Please note that the Hobsons Bay Toy Library Newport Branch Saturday opening hours will change to 9am - 1pm, effective Saturday 1 September.

Up until now we have been opening until 3pm on Saturdays.

We apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause.

We are committed to maintaining a sustainable and quality toy library service for our member families and the community. This change will help us achieve that. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly at hobsonsbaytoylibrary@gmail.com if you would like to discuss this change with us.

 


Meet Your Coordinators
Cinzia Bulegato, Newport Coordinator

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Cinzia is the newest member of our team, having just joined our Newport branch as our Thursday Coordinator.

Your family have been members of the toy library since the beginning of the year. What have you loved the most about being a toy library member?

We joined the toy library as soon as we moved to the area and we felt immediately welcomed. We love the warm and informal atmosphere; it’s a great place to meet new people and get involved with the community. Our kids love being able to choose from such a wide range of toys and I am amazed to see how they are developing their decision-making skills by carefully selecting the toys they borrow. They are also learning to be responsible for the items they borrow by taking care of them and making sure the toys are clean before returning to the toy library.

What are you looking forward to about your new role?

As a ‘people person’, I am thrilled to get to meet all the Newport members and their kids. I am looking forward to providing a friendly environment where members feel they are appreciated as part of the community. I hope to see more people get involved in the toy library through volunteering, joining the Committee, fundraising and being part of our toy library community.

What does your Coordinator role involve?

I am responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Newport branch. Together with the other Coordinators, the Committee of Management and members, I am looking forward to working hard to make our toy library a friendly and efficient service for families in our local neighbourhood.

Any tips for new members?

I would definitely encourage families to get involved and join the toy library! Exposing children to a broad range of toys contributes to their development and learning and can increase a parent’s understanding of the importance of play in children. Since I became a parent, I have met many other parents experiencing isolation and who struggle to make new friends. A toy library is a friendly place to network with other parents who are at a similar stage in their lives.


Meet Your Committee
Lojain Kazan, Operations

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How long have you been a Toy Library member?

We have been members of the Laverton branch since our son was 12 months old. We heard about the toy library from a friend who was already a member. We loved the idea of being able to experience new and different toys every fortnight without worrying about the storage or expense of buying new and quality toys. Our son enjoys every visit we make to the library, he enjoys being surrounded by hundreds of toys and being able to choose whatever he likes. 
 

What does your Operations role involve?

My role involves IT and database management, stocktake and members' support.
 

Do you have a favourite type of toy?

My son enjoys train toys, especially Thomas the Tank Engine. He also loves ride-on toys. 
 

Any tips for new members?

Encourage your children to borrow toys from different categories. There are heaps of different toys to discover and enjoy. 


Welcome to our new website!

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We are delighted to share with you our new website and logo! Our new website is all thanks to a 2017 Quick Response Grant from Hobsons Bay City Council. This grant has allowed us to redesign the HBTL website, integrating both our Newport and Laverton Branches into one website and adding new features including online membership sign ups and members' area, allowing members to renew toys and sign up for roster duty online. We are very grateful to our fabulous Committee members who have been working hard to bring our new website to you. We are also excited to launch our brand new logo! We want to thank Sunshiny Design for their fabulous in-kind work on our new logo. We hope you like it just as much as we do! Our website was created and designed by Melbourne agency The Monk by the Sea who we wish to thank for their support and expertise. We trust our new website will improve your experience at the Toy Library!