A BRIEF HISTORY
The concept of Toy Libraries originated in the 1960’s in Europe. Toy libraries
were a support services for families with disabled children.
Australia’s first Toy Library (Melbourne’s Noah’s Ark) was established
in 1971 and had the same focus.
Toy Library began operating in 1979 but was officially opened in October 1980 after
receiving a capital grant from DSS. As part of the Armidale District Learning Difficulties
Association we loaned toys to families with children who had special needs and to
isolated families and groups.
The Armidale Toy Library has been operating continuously for the past 30 years.
It was originally a part of the ADLDA organization. The Toy Library is now a separate
incorporated association and extends its services to the entire community.
Armidale Toy Library is the only facility of its kind within a 100km radius.
Member for Northern Tablelands and NSW Speaker of the house, Mr. Richard Torbay,
has been supporting the Armidale Toy Library since the early 1980’s. Over
the years he has helped us secure funding on more than one occasion.
The Armidale Toy Library is now secure with the financial support we receive from
DOC’s. We now employ two part time Librarians and are able to concentrate
on expanding the services provided to the community. The Library purchases new toys
every year and is always expanding the parent support resource section.
Today the Armidale Toy Library’s main source of support comes from the Department
of Community and Services.
With membership fees and fundraising events we are able to support the running
of the Toy Library.
Young children learn through play, good quality, appropriately selected
toys are resources that can stimulate all of their development.