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Mid Murray kids enjoy new toy libraries

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Two toy library services have been launched at the Blanchetown Library and Morgan Library to help families explore a world of free fun and learning.

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Created in partnership between Mid Murray Family Connections and the Mid Murray Council Libraries, the new toy libraries provide families with free access to a variety of inclusive, educational toys, games and puzzles to meet the developmental needs of children up to eight years old.

The libraries aim to assist families in providing a fun learning experience and promoting children’s development in language, numeracy, social interaction, creativity, muscle development and more.

Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess said the toy libraries will provide families with high-quality items to loan that will bring parents and children together in play.

“Exploring through play with toys, games, and puzzles is one of the greatest ways children can learn more about the world around them and develop skills for life,” Burgess said.

“It’s also a great way to create stronger connections between parents and their children, and children with others, including their peers.”

The Mid Murray Family Connections (MMFC) network is a group of members representing government and non-government agencies, community groups and concerned citizens living and working across the Mid Murray region. Its members work in schools, child-care settings, kindergarten, support agencies, churches, social and health services.

The toy libraries also provide parents and caregivers with an opportunity to meet and connect with others while learning more about the stages of child development.

“It’s not always practical or accessible for families to have a lot of toys and games that change regularly as a child develops,” Burgess said.

“That’s where the toy library comes in. It’s a fantastic, free initiative that allows children and their families to borrow and test out new toys and change them regularly to maintain interest and meet a child’s ongoing developmental needs.”

“Not only does the toy library promise families lots of fun and learning, but it also offers a local and practical solution to reduce the clutter and expense of keeping children entertained and stimulated.”

The toy libraries can be accessed during normal library hours.

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