Address: Memorial Hall, Main Street, Ōtaki (in between the library and the small playground across from the butchers)
Contact: [email protected]
Who runs the library?
The library is a non-profit (charity) community service; we are not a council or government organisation or a private company. We are a group of parents and caregivers working together to benefit our children. The library is run by the members and a volunteer committee, who looks after the day-to-day running of the library. The committee meet once a month and in between, they work from their own homes organising library matters.
Where is the Ōtaki Toy Library?
Our library is at Memorial Hall, Main Street, Ōtaki. To find us, go to the Ōtaki Library / Te Whare o Pukapuka, and then walk towards Main Street. We are located within the Memorial Hall, right next to the little park. There's usually plenty of parking on Main Street or the carpark on Rangatira Street.
When is the Library open?
The toy library is usually open on Saturdays from 10.30am to 12:00pm. Note: we post on our Facebook page regularly to remind members or we will send out occassional emails to members.
How much does it cost?
It costs $12.50 or $25 per year for a parent help membership and $40 or $80 for a non-parent help membership.
There are rental fees of $1 - $5, more if you rent a party pack or bouncy castle.
If you do not return your toy on time, we will charge you for the toy again.
Missing pieces cost $4 per piece.
Broken toys depends upon how old the toy is or how much it costs.
If you do not clean your toy before you return it to the toy library, you will be charged $5.
How do I join the library?
The easiest way is to complete ourhttps://otaki.mibase.com.au/public/join/index.php
What is the difference between a parent help and non-parent help member?
Parent help members help out at the library in exchange for a reduced membership rate. At each session, we have between one and three members helping. As a parent help member, you are required to do four duties per year, one per school term. If you fall behind in your duties, you will be asked to catch up or pay the difference between the parent help and non-parent help subscription. Note: we give “maternity leave” of one term for expectant/ new mothers. In addition to this, all members are expected to help out with at least one fundraising activity per year,. We have an annual stock take at the end of the year and it is compulsory for all members to participate.
What do you have to do for duty?
Duty is from 10:15am to 12:15pm on a Saturday. You help check-in the toys, by counting the individual pieces that make up the toy to check they're all there and that the toy is in good condition, ie. clean and in working order and then put the toys back in the correct cupboards. If it's a quiet session you might be asked to help tidy the cupboards, replace bags that are wearing out, re-label toys and help with getting new toys into circulation. You can bring your children to your duty session.
How will I know when my duty session is?
You can email your preferred duty dates, but if you do not, then our Duty Roster volunteer will set a date for you.
I put my name down for a duty but now I can't make it. What do I do?
Think carefully and check your diary before putting your name down on the roster - not turning up for duty is one of the biggest ways to lose friends at the library! If you are unable to work your allocated duty it is your responsibility to find a replacement and notify the Committee. The phone numbers of duty members are shown on the roster, so you need to call or text members until you find someone who will swap dates with you. Non-attendance for a rostered duty must be made up during the current term.
How does the toy library work?
It works just like a regular book library, except you borrow toys instead of books! Once every two weeks (or more frequently if you want) you head down to the library, choose some toys and get them issued by the on-duty volunteer. Your kids play with them and then you return them to the library and borrow some more.
Just as you need to take a bit of extra care with books you've borrowed from the library, you need to look after the toys, ie. make sure you keep track of all the pieces, don't leave toys outside in the rain or where they might be stolen, ensure your children don't misuse or break the toys and finally clean and dry the toys before you return them.
What toys do the library have?
Our library has over 400 toys! You can see a selection of the toys on this website. We have dress-ups, ride-ons, trikes, balance bikes, infant toys (including ExerSaucers), puzzles, board games, jigsaws, Duplo sets, educational toys, easels, musical instruments, theme play toys (eg. dolls' house, farmyard set, train sets) and role play toys such as kitchens, lawnmowers, baby cradles, etc.
How many toys can I borrow at one time?
You can borrow 4 items at a time.
My toys are due back during the holidays, when do I have to return them?
We have a grace period of one week.
How can I pay my membership fee?
The best way is to use internet banking. Our bank account details are:
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I've changed my address, name or email address. Who do I tell?
Please email us.