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Thank you Mainland Foundation

Thank you Mainland Foundation

06-07-2022

We would like to thank Mainland Foundation for their donation to the Parklands Toy Library.
We were able to purchase these 3 wonderful toys that we hope can be enjoyed for years to come.
Perfect for ages 18 months to 5 years.
Thanks for your support! 💛

Closed for Matariki

Closed for Matariki

20-06-2022

The Toy Library will be closed on Saturday 25th June.

If you would like to come in and gather up some toys to see you through the long weekend, we will be open Thursday 23rd June, 5.30-6.30 pm.

AGM - Thursday 9th June

AGM - Thursday 9th June

02-06-2022

Come to our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 9th June at 6.45pm and have your say about Parklands Toy Library.

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We are currently in need of some more committee members. The committee is an essential part of keeping the toy library up and running, and in return for this, committee members benefit from reduced membership and toy hire fees.
We meet once a month (excluding over our Summer break), typically on a Wednesday or Thursday evening.
We are looking both for general committee members and for people to take on specific roles.
Being on our committee is a great way to add transferable skills and community activity to your CV!

Toy Donations Wanted

Toy Donations Wanted

01-06-2022

🧸 Do you have toys causing clutter in your home?
🧸 Have you recently had a toy sort out and don''t know what to do with them?
 
DONATE your unwanted, good condition TOYS to the Parklands Toy Library!
We try our best to reuse the same toys over and over again and if we can make a difference by reducing the amount that goes to landfill as well as helping to reduce clutter & waste in your home then we all win!

Earlier Thursday Closing

05-05-2022

Just a reminder, Thursday evenings will now have an earlier closing time of 6.30pm.

Thank you Harcourts Foundation

Thank you Harcourts Foundation

07-02-2022

These exciting new infant and toddler activity toys were made possible with a grant from the Harcourts Foundation.
They are designed to stimulate exploration and discovery and are suitable for 6 months and above!
Thanks for your support! 💛

Closed for Easter

Closed for Easter

09-04-2022

The Toy Library will be closed on Saturday 16th April. 

If you would like to come in and gather up some toys to see you through the long weekend, we will be open Thursday 14th April, 5.30-7.00 pm.

Toy Library Awareness Week

Toy Library Awareness Week

06-03-2022

It’s Toy Library Awareness Week! This week is all about celebrating Toy Libraries, our volunteers, TOYS and the amazing communities we are a part of.

To celebrate Toy Library Awareness Week we are giving away prizes of $10 toy hire credit and thanks to the lovely team at Green Bear Parklands Library we have $5 vouchers up for grabs (which is just the right amount for a cinnabun). We will also be organising a few fun things for our members so we can share the love with more of our community.

We are open!

We are open!

19-01-2022

Welcome back everyone!


Today was our very first session for 2022 and it was fabulous to see everyone today.

Christmas & New Year Hours

Christmas & New Year Hours

24-12-2021

We are now closed for the Christmas and New Year period.

From everyone here at Parklands Toy Library, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

We re-open Wednesday 19th January 2022.

We will look forward to seeing you all then!

Gift Vouchers Available!

Gift Vouchers Available!

04-12-2021

4 Great Reasons to Use a Toy Library!

  1. Access to a wide range of toys - saves money and space
  2. Two week hire period keeps things fresh and interesting
  3. Toys can change with your child, no need to rehome all those outgrown infant toys.
  4. There are so many cheap versions of popular toys on the market today - hiring quality toys instead keeps short-lived toys out of the landfill.

Summer Closure Dates

Summer Closure Dates

11-12-2021

We close for our Summer break on Thursday 23rd December and re-open on Wednesday 19th January.

If you would like to hire toys in the last 2 weeks you can keep them until we re-open.
Get sorted for the Summer now!

Extended Thursday Evenings

Extended Thursday Evenings

27-10-2021

We will now be open until 7pm on Thursday evenings!

Toy Sale -  Saturday 30th October!

Toy Sale - Saturday 30th October!

11-10-2021

We are having a sale of withdrawn and donated toys and books on Saturday 30th October from 10.30am - 12.30pm.
Come and grab some bargains as everything is priced to go!
There will also be a $1 sausage sizzle!
 
Come and check out the toy library which will be open as usual from 10am to 12pm and pick up a 25% membership discount voucher!
Profits from the toy sale are used to replace worn out or broken toys and to expand collection areas that need updating.
 
** Please Note **
- In the event of bad weather, the event will be postponed until Saturday 6th November.
- If we are still at Level 2 the usual social distance, sign-in, and mask wearing rules will apply.

Toy Donations for our Toy Sale

Toy Donations for our Toy Sale

04-10-2021

We have recently completed a thorough stocktake and review of our toys and as a result, we are having a sale of withdrawn toys on Saturday 30th October.
This year as a fundraising initiative we are asking for any donations of unwanted toys and books that we can either incorporate into our library or sell at the toy sale.
Profits from the toy sale will be used to replace worn out or broken toys and to expand category areas that need updating.
Donations can be dropped into the toy library on any session until Sat 23rd October. We please ask that the toys are in a clean and saleable condition.

Fundraising Sausage Sizzle and Firewood Raffle at Bunnings Shirley

Fundraising Sausage Sizzle and Firewood Raffle at Bunnings Shirley

12-09-2021

On Sunday 19th September we''ll be outside Bunnings Shirley sizzling up a springtime sausie for $2.50 each.
Also, we''ll be selling raffle tickets to win a $300 load of dry firewood kindly donated by Urban Firewood.

Level 2 Re-Opening!

Level 2 Re-Opening!

06-09-2021

With the move to Level 2, the toy library will be re-opening on Wednesday the 8th at 10am

As you can imagine it won't quite be business as usual, so here is some important information for how we will operate at Level 2. 
For this week at least we will be operating with Click and Collect ONLY. All toys can be booked through our website.

  • Please make sure that all toys are returned clean and dry. This is very important as we will be enforcing the $5 cleaning fee if necessary
  • All toys now have a due date of Wed 8th Sept and as usual, there is 1 week's grace before overdue fees are incurred
  • There will be a designated toy drop-off area separate from the toy pick-up area
  • Your membership will automatically be extended for the amount of time that we have been closed.
We are really looking forward to being open again and hope that we can make this work for everyone. Thank you for your patience. If you have any concerns or queries please don't hesitate to contact us.

                                                        We are at Alert Level 4

We are at Alert Level 4

18-08-2021

As you are all aware we are in a 3 day lockdown at Level 4 during which we will be closed. We will only be opening on Saturday if we are at Level 1 or 2. If we are at Level 2 social distancing will apply with limits of 2 people/families into the library at a time.
All toys currently on loan will be extended free of charge until we are able to open again.

Stay home, stay safe, and look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Donate your Toys!

Donate your Toys!

20-07-2021

Donate, don't waste!

Do you have good quality toys to donate that your tamariki have outgrown or no longer play with?

We will gladly accept them.

It is our mission to reuse the same toys over and over again and if we can make a difference by reducing the amount that goes to landfill as well as helping to reduce clutter & waste in your home then it is a win all round!

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

02-07-2021

Approximately 80 percent of toys end up in a landfill, incinerators or the ocean - while 90 percent are made of plastic and are used for just six months on average.
Together alongside Toy Libraries, we can change the outcome by reusing, repairing toys & ultimately reducing the amount of waste destined for landfills.

We have changed our name!

We have changed our name!

14-06-2021

We are now officially Parklands Toy Library!!
 
The Pegasus Toy Library was one of the first toy libraries in Christchurch and has been operating out of the Parklands Community Centre for over 30 years! A special mention must go to Pam Scott who helped turn the toy library from an idea into reality.
Now that there are many toy libraries in Christchurch (and a nearby Pegasus township) it is time for us to have a name that is more representative of our location. Even though our name has changed we will never forget the amazing legacy that Pam and all the volunteers over the years have left us.
It truly is an amazing resource.

Website unavailable from 7pm this Saturday

Website unavailable from 7pm this Saturday

11-06-2021

Our migration to Parklands Toy Library will be happening from 7pm Saturday evening, so we need everyone to refrain from using the website after this time. 
Once everything is confirmed we will email you the new link and our new email address. 
All going well, we will be operating as Parklands Toy Library from Monday!

Come along to our AGM - 2 June 2021

Come along to our AGM - 2 June 2021

29-05-2021

The Pegasus Toy Library Management Committee will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 2nd June at 7.00 pm in the toy library and we would love to have some new members. This is a great opportunity if you are interested in finding out more about what we do.
Feel free to contact us or chat with Tam for more info or just pop along to the meeting next week.
 
Here are some of the best reasons to join the committee.
  1. Embrace your inner toy expert - we have scintillating toy purchase discussions and you get to enjoy the fun of toy shopping without the hassle of storing them in your house.
  2. It looks great on your CV - being on a committee helps develop great teamwork and problem-solving skills. Community engagement looks great to potential employers and gives you non-workplace examples to use in interviews.
  3. Committee Discounts - warning...this may result in full cars.

Closed for Easter

Closed for Easter

25-03-2021

The Toy Library will be closed on Saturday 3rd April. 

If you would like to come in and gather up some toys to see you through the long weekend, we will be open Thursday 1st April, 6 - 7.30pm.

Fingers crossed for some amazing weather. Whether you are inside or out, we hope you enjoy some quality time with your family (and some yummy chocolate 😉) over this long weekend.

Toy Library Awareness Week

Toy Library Awareness Week

07-03-2021

It’s Toy Library Awareness Week! This week is all about celebrating Toy Libraries, our volunteers, TOYS and the amazing communities we are a part of.
The theme for 2021 is Let’s have some fun!!

Last year was a tough one, and what better way to celebrate our Toy Libraries than to showcase the fun our Toy Libraries bring our tamariki and communities. 

  • Toys grow creative young minds and active bodies
  • Toys help children see the world differently, they let them explore and discover
  • Toys enable children to build relationships and reduce stress
  • Toys help children value friendship and whānau through play
  • Toys are inclusive
  • Toys are actually pretty amazing
We think toy libraries have something for everyone - from the experienced toy operator to those just starting to explore. 
To celebrate Toy Library Awareness Week we will be giving away $10 toy hire credit for everyone who joins up from the 7th - 13th March. We will also be organising a few other fun things for our members so we can share the love with more of our community.

Special General Meeting

Special General Meeting

17-02-2021

The Pegasus Toy Library Committee wishes to notify all members that we will be holding a Special General Meeting on Wednesday 17th March at 8pm at the Toy Library.
 
All members are invited to attend.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to vote on amending Rule 1 of our Constitution which establishes our name. This rule amendment will allow us to apply to legally change our name to Parklands Toy Library. We are seeking this change to better reflect our location and avoid confusion with Pegasus township.

Closed for Waitangi Day

Closed for Waitangi Day

01-02-2021

We will be closed for Waitangi Day - Saturday 6th February.
All toys due on that day will be automatically extended.

Thank you Fresh Choice Parklands

Thank you Fresh Choice Parklands

25-01-2021

Thank you to FreshChoice Parklands for a $100 grant towards operating essentials. This meant we were able to get: printer ink and paper, laminating pouches, glue for repairs, and batteries for toys. All things that we need to have on hand to keep the toy library running smoothly.

Thank you Harcourts Parklands

Thank you Harcourts Parklands

22-01-2021

We would like to thank Harcourts Parklands for their generous support in supplying our promotional materials over the last year. This has meant that we have been able to promote the toy library more widely and advertise our presence in the local community.
Thanks for your support! 💛

We are open for 2021!

We are open for 2021!

20-01-2021

Welcome back everyone to the Pegasus Toy Library! 
Today was our very first session for 2021. 
It was fabulous to see everyone today, many familiar faces as well as some new.

Just to let you know we had a few successful grant applications at the end of last year which enabled us to purchase some exciting new outdoor toys. Check them out under New Toys in the Toys dropdown menu.

Christmas & New Year Hours

Christmas & New Year Hours

19-12-2020

We are now closed for the Christmas and New Year period.

From everyone here at Pegasus Toy Library, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

We re-open Wednesday 20th January 2021.

Will look forward to seeing you all then!

Toy Library Awareness Week

Toy Library Awareness Week

16-11-2020

16 - 22 November 2020
Toy Library Awareness Week is all about celebrating Toy Libraries, our volunteers, TOYS and the amazing communities we are a part of.
The theme for 2020 is Hauora/Wellbeing because Toy Libraries build healthier tamariki and communities.
  • Toys grow creative young minds and active bodies.
  • Toys help children see the world differently, they let them explore and discover.
  • Toys enable children to build relationships and reduce stress.
  • Toys help children value friendship and whānau through play.
  • Toys are inclusive.
We think Toy Libraries are fantastic! To celebrate Toy Library Awareness Week we will be organising a few fun things for our members and launching our 100th member promotion so we can share the love with more of our community.

Do you want to help the planet and help our toy library?

Do you want to help the planet and help our toy library?

27-09-2020

We now have Zerobags for sale and $4 from each one sold goes to the toy library!
 
Zerobags are made from upcycled parachutes and are strong yet lightweight. They pack down into a small parcel which is easy to keep in your bag.
 
Grab yours next time you're in the library.

***NEW TOYS***

***NEW TOYS***

08-09-2020

Even though we know what is inside, it is still so exciting to open up a new toy delivery! 

 

We are now opening Thursday evenings!

02-09-2020

Starting tomorrow we are going to trial having an evening session.
We will be opening every Thursday from 6 - 8pm.
This will be a two month trial and if there is enough interest we will add it to our permanent hours.
 
Just a reminder - Level 2 social distancing rules still apply so we will be limiting to 2 people/families in the library at a time. You can book your toys online and a Click and Collect time to pick up.
 
If you have any questions, please don''t hesitate to get in touch.

Opening at Level 2

14-08-2020

We will be operating at Level 2 conditions for this Saturday''s session and beyond until further notice.
This means that we will be returning to Click and Collect booking via our website.

Important Info:
If you or any member of your family are sick, please don''t come in. Instead please contact us via email or messenger and we will extend your hires without charge.
Whilst you can come into the library, it is our preference that you use the Click and Collect option as we will be limiting entry to 2 families at a time. 
If Level 3 is announced, the toy library will be closed and toys hire dates will automatically be extended without charge.
If you have any issues or queries or need some help logging into our website, please get in touch.
Take care!

Supporting Plastic Free July!

Supporting Plastic Free July!

08-07-2020

Borrow don't buy this plastic free July!

Join your local Toy Library to minimise waste.

Come along to our AGM - 30 June 2020

Come along to our AGM - 30 June 2020

03-06-2020

The Pegasus Toy Library Management Committee will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 30 June at 7.30pm in the toy library.
All members are welcome to attend! This is a great opportunity if you''re interested in finding out more about what we do. As always, if you''re keen to join us please come along!!
The future of your library is reliant on members putting up hands and getting involved.

We are Re-Opening!

13-05-2020

As of tomorrow the country will be in Alert Level 2 which means we are very happy to let you know that the Toy Library will be re-opening next week on Wednesday 20th May at 10 am.

As you can imagine it won''t quite be business as usual, so here is some important information for how we will operate at level 2.

  • All toys hired over the lockdown period will need to be returned within a week as they will need to be quarantined and disinfected before other members can rehire them.
  • Members won''t be able to enter the library at this stage, we will be providing a click and collect service. All toys can be booked through our website.
  • On arrival at the library, members will be directed to a designated toy drop-off area as toys will go directly into quarantine.
  • Your membership will automatically be extended for the amount of time that we have been closed.

We are really looking forward to being open again and hope that we can make this work for everyone. If you have any concerns or queries please don''t hesitate to contact us.

Toy Library Update!

08-05-2020

As the time gets closer for the country to enter Level 2 we have been having a look at what this might look like for the toy library. Obviously this will depend on the specifics that will be released with the next Government update on Monday 11th May.

Some degree of social distancing will still be necessary so we will probably have to limit toy library access to one family at a time. This may work on an appointment system and/or a process of waiting in your car and we text or message you when you can come in.

 

An option we are looking at is click and collect. This will mean that you can browse and select online and we will have the toys ready for you.

We will send out another email next week once we have finalised our level 2 opening procedures.

 

Hope to see you soon!

Our Library is now Closed!

22-03-2020

In response to the government advice released yesterday on containing the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to close the toy library.
We have sent out an email to all members outlining some key points regarding toy hire. If you did not receive the email please contact us at pegasustoylibrary@hotmail.com

The library will be opening for a final special session tomorrow evening (Monday 23 March) from 6-8 pm for anyone who wishes to return and/or hire toys.

Our Library is Still Open!

20-03-2020

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for a lot of people, and we want to reassure you that the health and well-being of our members are our top priority.

We are still opening as usual as we want to continue to deliver our service for as long as possible.

We are monitoring this situation carefully and will keep everyone updated should things change.

Returning toys to the library:

  • if you or your family are sick, please stay home and email us to renew your toys.
  • please ensure all toys are washed and disinfected before returning. We will also have a last chance toy cleaning station at the door.

Thank you and take care.