KIDS with disabilities were the focus of the Tamworth Toy Library 35 years ago.
Now, the catalogue has grown to more than 1000 toys that can be borrowed by anyone in the community.
Started by Esther Halliday and a team of ladies from the hospital, the Tamworth Toy Library celebrated its 35th anniversary this year.
“It provides a variety of benefits for families, which is quality low cost access to toys and resources for kids to use,” toy library president Anthea Payne said.
“It’s a great way to downsize and declutter, and having access to toys for all abilities is great because the resources can be really expensive – often hundreds of dollars worth to buy.”
One of the newer features of the library is the Toys for All Abilities section, specifically aimed to serve children with learning and physical disabilities.
At the weekend the toy library had a party to celebrate, attended by Esther Halliday herself.
One of the oldest toys in the library dates back 25 years.
“It’s about giving kids quality resources to play to learn, which is our motto, and be sustainable by reusing,” Ms Payne said.
“As a service we often have families come in who want a chat too, it’s a good community space.”
The Tamworth Toy Library has more than 120 memberships and Ms Payne hopes to launch a drop off and pick up service next year for playgroups.