Village toy library has birthday party

Celebration: Staff and children from Crich Toy Library celebrate their eleventh anniversary with a chocolate cake.
Celebration: Staff and children from Crich Toy Library celebrate their eleventh anniversary with a chocolate cake.

Children and staff have marked more than a decade of fun and games at a village toy library.

Crich Toy library celebrated its 11th birthday with a huge chocolate cake for all to share.

The library is now expanding and will also be taking over the running and management of Belper Toy Library.

The charity aims to make toys available to children across the region.

Toy library manager Ann-Marie McMillan said the birthday party had gone off with a bang.

She added: “Everyone had a fabulous time. It’s a fantastic landmark for the library and we’ve been going from strength to strength.

“We’ve got new members joining every week and everything’s going really well.”

The party was also an opportunity to say goodbye and thankyou to outgoing stay and play co-ordinator Cindi Blunt and to say hello to Vivki Wilding, who will be replacing her in the role.

Ann-Marie added: “We said farewell to Cindi Blunt and hello to our new co-ordinator Vicki.

“We had a cake and games to celebrate the switchover. Everyone had a fabulous time.

She added: “And we’re also celebrating the arrival of the online database.

“People will shortly be able to book the use of toys online.”

The library’s database of toys can be viewed and booked online by visiting www.crichtoylibrary.org.uk.

Ann-Marie said the library was also looking for volunteers to help out with a variety of tasks from meeting and greeting, maintaining toys, preparing healthy snacks, marketing and fundraising.

She added: “Toy libraries provide a valuable community service.

“Parents, carers and children and childcare providers can try out new toys without spending a fortune and the groups provide a great place for making new friends.”