Where is the toy library?
We are situated in Room 4 in Burnside Primary School, Memorial Ave. Best way to get in is via the staff and service vehicles entrance located between 84-86 Memorial Avenue. On fine days you will see our rainbow flag at the end of the driveway.
What is the phone number?
Our telephone number is 351 7886. We have an answerphone which is checked regularly so please leave a message. We also have a mobile phone 022 451 7886.
How much does it cost?
Membership is $80 for a calender year. We operate a rolling membership system which means that your membership expires 1 calender year from the date of joining the toy library. The majority of the toys are free, with a $2 charge for larger, expensive toys (red spots) and DVD’s (blue spots).
Do you offer a Community Services Card discount?
Yes we do. Holders of a current Community Services Card receive a 25% discount off the membership fee. This amounts to a $60 membership fee for a calendar year.
When is the toy library open?
The toy library is open from February until early December, including school holidays. We are open for two sessions:
Thursday 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 9.30am – 11.30am
We close the door for returns 15 minutes before the actual closing time. This allows time for your returned toys to be counted and for new toys to be issued before the final closing time, allowing those on duty to get away on time.
Do you have a web site?
Yes, our website is: www.waimairitoylibrary.org.nz. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also on Facebook – http://fb.me/waimairitoylibrary.
Will I have to do duties?
All members are required to complete duties. You nominate which session you prefer for duty. We do our best to roster you on for your preferred session time.
How many duties will I do?
Expect to be rostered on between 4 and 6 times per year, depending on the number of members in the toy library. We distribute rosters by email so please make sure we have your correct email address. We recommend you search the entire roster for your days and mark them in your diary.
You need to arrive for your duty 15 minutes before your session is due to commence. For safety reasons, children are not permitted to stay while their parent is on duty.
Do committee members do duty?
Yes, they are rostered on just like you while also taking a leadership role within the toy library. Please talk to the Librarian or a committee member if you have any suggestions or concerns.
What does being on duty entail?
Being on duty means helping run the toy library during the session time.
In the returns area you count in each toy against its packaging and return the toys from the member’s file using the returns computer – a click of a button.
Duties can be fun. You meet people with children of similar ages and stages, and you have the chance to choose from the great toys being returned while you’re doing it!
What if I can’t do duty on the day I am rostered?
If the day you are rostered is unsuitable, you will need to exchange duties with another member, or send along a replacement. If you change your duty, or use a duty member for hire, you need to contact the toy library on 351 7886 (please leave a message), 022 451 7886 (please txt) or email email@example.com so the main roster can be altered.
We have a list in the toy library of duty members for hire. These members will do your duty for $30. You make the arrangements directly with them. Their details also accompany the email we send with each new roster.
If in the case of a last minute emergency you cannot attend, please contact the librarian as soon as possible.
Failure to meet your rostered duty obligation will result in a $30.00 fine for every duty you miss.
What if I’m pregnant?
Families expecting a baby are extended the courtesy of a three month hiatus from the roster around the due date of the baby. The committee should be informed by the family of the pregancy at least four months before the baby is due so this can be taken into account when preparing the next roster. The best way to do this is to e-mail the libray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many toys can I have out?
The allocation for the beginning of the year is 8 toys with a maximum of 4 red spot toys. This may change during the year depending on the number of toys and members in the toy library.
How long can I keep the toys?
Toys are issued for a fortnight but you may return them earlier if you wish. Toys may be renewed once for a further fortnight by ringing the library. Leave a message with your name, phone number, toy numbers and due dates. If you have any red spot toys or DVDs, the $2 hire per toy will be charged for the renewal period.
Where do I return toys?
Toys are returned to the desk on your right as you come in the door. Most toys are packaged either into bags or boxes. Please return all the packaging with the toy.
If you are returning a toy and you know it has missing pieces please mention this to the person on duty who is counting your toys. This saves time for everyone.
Before returning toys, please clean and dry them thoroughly. Cleaning materials are held at the toy library. You will be asked to clean your toys at the toy library if they are dirty and are therefore unable to be shelved. Keeping toys clean ensures longevity of the toys, and good health for our children.
Some of our toys require batteries. The toy library does not provide batteries. We advise that you remove your batteries before returning the toy. You may want to consider using re-chargeable batteries so you have them for next time. We try to clearly label which toys require batteries so you can choose whether to take that type of toy or not. Some of the toys, particularly the laptops, require new batteries as they use a lot of power.
What happens if my toys are overdue?
Members are given one sessions grace to return a toy before a charge is imposed. For example, if the toy is due on Thursday, and is returned on Saturday there will be no charge. A charge is made on an overdue toy of $1 per toy per session. Overdue red spots and DVDs incur a fine of $2.00 per toy per session.
What if I don’t have my card?
You can still return your toys. Leave your printout with your toys. If you don’t have that, leave a note with your name and list of toy numbers so those on duty can find you on the computer.
How can I pay for my toys?
We have prepaid cards to the value of $10 or $20 which can be purchased from the librarian. Each $2 section can be ‘clicked’ off for Dvds, red spots, fines etc. Otherwise small change is always appreciated. We have EFTPOS available but not credit card.
How do I know what pieces my toy should have?
Each toy comes packaged with a list of pieces. We recommend you carefully check every toy and its packaging against the list once you have it home.
If there is a problem (e.g. missing pieces or incorrect pieces), please contact the toy library and leave a message on the answerphone or email the toy library within 48 hours of hiring the toy. Leaving a message ensures you are not liable for any incorrect or missing pieces.
You may chose to keep small pieces from toys in the container rather than giving them to your child. This can save the stress of trying to find a small piece just before coming to the toy library!
What happens if I lose or break a piece?
If a toy or its packaging is damaged during your hire, please phone us. There may be a charge made to help cover the cost of replacing the item.
If part of a toy gets lost we suggest you renew the toy for a further fortnight to enable you to find the piece. If the piece is “gone for good”, a $2-$10 (depending on how essential the missing piece is to the toy) fine is charged and a missing piece form is completed. If you return the piece within a month, you will receive a partial refund. We always welcome the return of pieces, even if they have been missing for a long time!
If a piece is missing or damaged, rendering the toy unusable, you may be requested to pay a portion of the replacement cost and have the option of purchasing the toy.
What if I break or lose the packaging box/bag?
The plastic containers and bags are counted as part of the toy and cost the toy library to replace. There will be a charge made if the box/bag is broken while you have the toy or if you misplace an accessory bag.
My friend wants to join the library. How can they do that?
New membership enquiries are directed to the toy librarian via the toy library answerphone 351-7886 or e-mail us at email@example.com. New members are always welcome.
Alternatively new members can join during a session time providing they come with the membership fee (either cash, cheque or EftPos – not credit card).
Will I need to do any fundraising?
Your membership fee is primarily used to pay for ongoing operating costs. Sometimes this is not enough. We may still undertake some fundraising (a sausage sizzle, raffle or bake sale) between 2 to 4 times a year to keep these costs manageable. Members will be selected randomly and notified in advance. If you choose to volunteer your time please do let us know. If you have been selected to help with fundraising, you will not be rostered on to do toy library duty for that roster cycle. If you have a good fundraising idea, your input is very welcome.
How can I resign my membership?
If you need to resign your membership for any reason, you will need to do so in writing to the committee secretary (PO Box 20301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Four weeks notice is required which ensures the committee has time to replace you on the roster. You will still be requried to cover any of your rostered duties until such time as the resignation period has expired. Please note there is no refund on any unused portion of your membership.
Why does the library close over the Christmas period? Can I still hire toys during this time?
The toy library closes over the Christmas period to allow the committee to do routine maintenance on the toys. It also gives everyone a much deserved holiday from duties.
Christmas toys are issued during the last two weeks of opening only. If you are a current financial member you can hire toys for the Christmas period at a charge of $5 per toy (bookable toys, such as the roller coasters, do not go out over Christmas).
I want to suggest a toy for the library. How can I do this?
The committee purchases toys using catalogues from Teacher Direct, Play and Learn and Modern Brands. We also are guided by Toy Express, the toy buying arm of the Toy Library Federation of New Zealand. We take pride in providing toys which you may not have seen in stores.
If you have a suggestion for a toy please put your idea on the suggestion board which is situated by the front door. All suggestions are taken to the committee for discussion. We welcome your ideas and feedback at any time.
How can I tell when new toys are in the library?
New toys arrive throughout the year. Check the notice board area as some new toys are displayed there when they are put into the toy library. They are also photographed and put on our Facebook page –
http://fb.me/waimairitoylibrary. We have a website, www.waimairitoylibrary.org.nz you can use to access our Facebook page if you are not a Facebook member.
From time to time it is a good idea to vary the time or day you come to select toys so you get a different selection to choose from. You will surprised by the number of different toys you’ll see just by changing the day of the week you visit or coming on the alternate fortnight.