News

2020 Annual General Meeting

27-05-2020

We will be holding the Annual General Meeting for the Rolleston Toy Library on Tuesday 23rd June at Cafe Izone.  There is an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us for our AGM. Come along for a coffee, wine and/or sweet treat at Cafe Izone in Rolleston.  To register your attendance please see our Facebook Event.

It would be great to see some of our members there. 

Re Opening 31 May 2020

16-05-2020

Woohoo, welcome to Alert Level 2! We are very glad to be able to tell you that the Rolleston Toy Library will be reopening soon, with the first toy collection day at 2-3pm on Sunday 31 May! (Note the change of time due to Winter hours.)
In accordance with Government guidelines, there will be some new processes and precautions in place, the details of which have been sent to members via email. In short, we''''ll be ensuring that physical distancing, strict hygiene, and contact tracing measures are all taken during our pick up and drop off sessions, to safeguard the health and well-being of both members and volunteers.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time; we can''''t wait to see you again soon! If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please don''''t hesitate to contact us: rollestontoylibrary@gmail.com

Temporary Closure Due to Covid 19

19-03-2020

UPDATE // Temporary suspension of services
In light of new restrictions on public gatherings announced today and the fact that this is a rapidly evolving situation, we have decided that the responsible thing to do to help keep our families and communities safe is to temporarily suspend our operations for at least the next six weeks.
This means that our Sunday afternoon pick up/drop off sessions will cease, and reservations over that period will be cancelled. We will review this suspension at the end of April and inform members of the outcome at that time, but in the meantime, will extend all six- or twelve-month memberships to ensure that no one is disadvantaged by this closure.
We would ask that all toys currently out on loan please be returned at our regular drop off point at the Community Centre this Sunday (22 March) between 3.00-4.00pm. If you are unable to make this time, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to arrange an alternative. Furthermore, if anyone in your household has been experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, or returned from overseas in the past two weeks, please contact us to arrange safe return of your toys.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your support and understanding; like everyone we look forward to a return to normality soon!

Opening Day

07-02-2020

Phew, what a day - and we don''t just mean the heat! 🥵 We are absolutely thrilled to have completed our very first toy collection day at the Rolleston Community Centre , which of course means that we are now fully operational!! 🥳
This is the culmination of nearly two years of planning, fundraising, and sheer hard work by a small team of dedicated volunteers, as well as some incredible support from local businesses and community funders. Massive shout-outs to Storage King Rolleston, whose generous donation of two storage units and use of a delivery truck meant we could forge ahead with our innovative online library, as well as Pub Charity LimitedRātā Foundation and many, many others along the way, not least of which includes our wonderful new members 🙏
We couldn’t be happier to see the dream finally become a reality, and can’t wait to see all these fabulous toys being enjoyed by our local Rolleston families! ☺️

Opening Date is Set!!

25-11-2019

We are thrilled to announce that we have an opening date!! 🤩

The Rolleston Toy Library will officially open as New Zealand’s first purely online-based toy library from 6 January 2020. From this date, members will be able to view and reserve toys on our website, with the first toy collection date being 2 February.

What this also means is that you can now start signing up and purchasing memberships. The team have been working incredibly hard over the past few months to source, catalogue, and package some amazing toys that we know our local families are going to love - we can’t wait to share them with you!

Of course, none of this would be possible without the wonderful support of our sponsors and funders, especially Storage King Rolleston, who have generously donated the use of two units to house our toy collection while we find our feet. Special thanks also to the Selwyn District CouncilPub Charity Limited, and Rātā Foundation for the grants that have made it possible to purchase everything we need to get up and running, as well as everyone else who has given us a helping hand along the way.

Online Toy Library

13-09-2019

While we still hunt for permanent premises to operate from, we are looking forward to opening an online toy library to service our local Rolleston families. We are working hard behind the scenes to get our Toy Library open before the end of the year. Please follow our Facebook page for updates.