The Melbourne Community Toy Library is excited to invite you to the opening of our new Docklands Branch at The Hub @ Docklands at 80 Harbour Esplanade at 1.30pm - 3.00pm this Saturday, 17th April.
Whilst we continue to ensure we are COVID safe with limits on numbers indoors and a QR sign in code, we are now OPEN for BROWSING at all branches during opening hours, no appointments necessary.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
In a much anticipated expansion move, Melbourne Community Toy Library is excited to announce the upcoming GRAND OPENING of our Docklands Branch at The Hub at Docklands, Saturday April 17th. More details will follow shortly.
As of December 8th, the Kensington branch is open for Click and Collect by appointment only!
Tuesday and Saturdays 10am to 11:30am.
The Melbourne Community Toy Library has now combined the Carlton and Kensington databases. All members are now members of a two-branch toy library and are welcome to borrow from both our Kensington and Carlton Branches!
TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS, OUR BRANCHES ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.
WE ARE OFFERING FREE CLICK-AND-COLLECT APPOINTMENTS FROM CARLTON AND A $5 DELIVERY SERVICE TO OUR MEMBERS TO ENABLE CONTINUED BORROWING. PLEASE LOG IN TO YOUR MIBASE ACCOUNT TO BOOK THIS SERVICE.
Thanks to everyone who came to our AGM on Saturday 17th August. The incoming committee for the next year will be:
President - Emily Warfield
Secretary - Lauren Murdock
Treasurer - Sebastian Saliba
Assistant Treasurer - Michael Bogwitz
City of Melbourne Liaison - Virginia Wills
Fundraising Co-ordinator - Assunta So
Grant Writer - Hannah Castles
IT Administrator - Sebastian Saliba
Promotions and Social Media - Xuan Wang
Toy Buyer - VACANT
Newsletter Coordinator - Assunta So
General Committee (Website) - Melissa Kirkham
General Committee (Volunters) - VACANT
General Committee (Pop up plays) - VACANT
If you are interested in helping out with the committee please get in touch as we are always in need of a few extra hands, heads and hearts. We really do need you!
AGM 2018 – please join us!
Melbourne Community Toy Library Members are invited to our AGM on Saturday 13 October at 1pm, at the Carlton Branch.
Why? It’s a great way to meet fellow parents, find out what’s going on with YOUR toy library, and provide feedback to the committee on how we can improve.Welcome to our new manager!
The Melbourne Community Toy Library is delighted to welcome our new manager, Bridey Lokhorst-Blight. Bridey is the founder and president of Albion and Friends Community Toy Library. Bridey has commenced her role, and shared her brilliant new ideas at our recent committee meeting. Be sure to stop in and say Welcome!
Interested in getting more involved in the toy library? Please contact Bridey regards rostering for a volunteer shift (each member is required to do 4 per year), or join our committee! Participating in the toy library is a great way to connect into the community and meet new friends too.Celebrate summer with a water play session
Following the success of our water play opening for 2018, we invite you to join your Melbourne Community Toy Library friends for another water play session at the Kathleen Syme Library, Cardigan St, Carlton on Thursday 22nd February 2018, 10.30-11.30am.
This event is part of the City of Melbourne’s summer splash programme.
Carlton Grand Opening and MCTL Open Day
The Grand Opening of our fabulous new Carlton branch at The Chapel, 469 Cardigan St, Carlton will be held on Saturday, 20th August from 10am – 2pm.
This will also incorporate our Open Day for The Melbourne Community Toy Library as a whole, so all current and future Kensington members are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Please come along and check out our beautiful new location, meet our friendly staff and enjoy a stay and play with your little ones. This is also an opportune time to consider joining the MCTL Committee, chat to current committee members and staff and get a feel for whether you can fill any of the available roles.
Any new members who join on the day at either our Carlton branch OR Kensington branch will receive an extra 3 months on their membership for FREE! So please share with family and friends, other Mums at school, daycare or kinder and get the word out – Our Open Day is the time to join the Toy Library!
See you there!Updated Saturday opening hours for the Chapel@Carlton from July 9th
Inclusive of Saturday 9th July, there will be a change to the Saturday opening hours for the Toy Library operating at the Chapel in Carlton, 469 Cardigan St.
New Saturday Carlton hours:
Open at 10:30am
Close at 1pm
The Friday opening hours at Carlton will not change. The Kensington opening hours will not change.
See you there!Vote for our Leader Local Grants proposal!
The Melbourne Community Toy Library has applied for a grant through Leader Local Grants. We hope to increase our access amongst Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities and need some monies to do so.
Our proposal needs votes to get up, so to vote for our proposal before the closing date of April 1st:
1. Register an account at http://www.leaderlocalgrants.com.au/ (top right of page next to Login)
2. Visit: http://www.leaderlocalgrants.com.au/idea/melbourne-community-toy-library-toys-for-everyone
3. Scroll down the page and cast your 10 votes our way!
We would appreciate the support of our members, their friends and families – so please share these voting instructions widely!Support our Entertainment Fundraiser and get Early Bird Bonus Offers!
We’re very excited to be fundraising with Entertainment™ this year. Order your NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships from us today, and 20% of the proceeds contribute towards our Toy Library!
With supermarkets and petrol offers included, it represents fantastic value that can help you save every day. Participating businesses include Woolworths, Big W, BWS, Chemist Warehouse, Emirates, Virgin Australia, David Jones and many more.
Entertainment™ Memberships are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, café, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel, and much more!
ORDER FROM US TODAY
Order your new Entertainment™ Book or Entertainment™ Digital Membership
before 26 April 2016 and you will receive over $160 worth of additional offers that you can use right away!
Available as a traditional Entertainment Book – or – Digital Membership on your smartphone, your Membership gives you over $20,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2017!
Support the Toy Library and please forward this page to any friends and family who may be interested in saving money and getting great value by purchasing an Entertainment Membership.
Why not buy two and give one to a friend or family member as a great gift that keeps on giving!
The Entertainment Book must be ordered online, prior to collection at your local Toy Library branch (Carlton or Kensington). Please provide a copy of your receipt to the branch staff as proof of purchase.
Save money and help us raise $1000 with quality Australian-made greeting cards!
Another weekend, another party……another $5 birthday card
Is it just us, or is the cost of greeting cards a little ridiculous? When you’re attending a children’s birthday party every other weekend, it adds up pretty quickly.
That’s why, for our first major fundraiser this year, we’ve decided to offer you – and your friends and family – the chance to save some of your hard-earned cash with boxes of high quality, Australian-made greeting cards for just $1 per card!
Every $10 box contains 10 different cards, each uniquely embellished with pop-up inserts, reflective foil, embossing and glitter. Each card is packed in a protective sleeve with a matching envelope.
The cards will be distributed in carry bags containing six boxes. We ask that all members take at least one bag to sell to friends and family. Each carry bag comprises:
Sell them at the office, playgroups, school, sporting or social clubs, or sell them to friends whose children will have endless birthday parties to attend, month after month! Save money and plan ahead by buying a few boxes for home!
Cards are now available for pick up from the Carlton and Kensington MCTL branches, and funds raised from the sale of cards should be returned to the MCTL within two weeks.
Please help us reach our target of $1000 to support the toy library and buy new and exciting toys for young and curious minds.
BONUS CHALLENGE! Free Membership Upgrade! Are you a fundraising master? Sell three or more carry bags (minimum sale of 18 boxes) and receive a free upgrade to your MCTL membership on your next renewal.Annual Christmas Raffle 2015
Raffle Tickets are still on sale! The draw will take place on Monday 14th December for the raffle and the highest bidder of the signed Carlton Football will be announced. Get your tickets and bid in quick!
Here is a reminder of the prizes up for grabs:
Toy Catalogue Fundraiser
If like me you have not started your Christmas shopping yet…why not look through the Parent Direct and Chalk toy catalogues!
These catalogues give you the opportunity to buy great quality toys at great prices, many of which are not available through retail stores.
Whilst saving money you can be earning money for your toy library. When ordering online with these catalogues please nominate the Melbourne Community Toy Library and we will receive 20% of the total value of all orders.
Importantly, please could you let us know when you have placed an order so we can make sure we receive our voucher and deduct the value from your annual $25 fundraising contribution.
Thank you very much.
P.S. These catalogues are available all year round…not just at Christmas