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Crich toy library

0845 009 3019

On 26th May Crich Toy Library celebrated its 8th birthday and the launch of its new logo. Families visited Crich Tramway Village with specially invited guests � our patron, Simon Groom, an ex-Blue Peter Presenter, and 8-year-old birthday twins Andrew and John Hitchcock. Ten-year-old former Toy Library member Tessa Corton designed the new logo and received a free pass to Crich Tramway Village.

Everyone had fun in the sun on the specially decorated Birthday Tram and enjoyed a slice of birthday cake.

Patron Simon Groom expressed his thanks for the support of Crich Toy Library by members and volunteers. He was excited about hosting further family events at Crich Tramway Village, in partnership with Crich Toy Library, for local families in Crich and surrounding villages.

Simon Groom shows off the birthday cake with Toy Library volunteers and visitor

Volunteer Appeal

Crich Toy Library is for babies, children and young people in Crich and surrounding areas. We are on the look out for fun filled individuals to help build on the success of the past eight years.

A wide range of volunteers are required to help maximise the library�s potential

  • meeting and greeting
  • maintaining the toys
  • preparing healthy snacks
  • getting hands-on with messy activities
  • Taking as little as one hour a week
  • 9.30 � 10.30am or 10.30 � 11.30am.

Volunteers are welcomed from all areas, whether you are a retired person with time to spare or thinking of a change of career and want some valuable experience. Crich Toy Library spokesperson Ann-Marie McMillan said: �Toy libraries provide a valuable community service. Parents, carers and children and childcare providers can try out new toys without spending a fortune. The groups provide a great place for making new friends.�

For more information contact Ann-Marie McMillan on 0845 009 3019 or email:

Families and carers are invited to attend weekly Toy Library sessions Mondays 9.30 � 11.30pm at Crich Glebe Field Centre, Glebe Field Close, Crich, DE4 5EU.
The Toy Libraries runs at the same time as Crich Pre-school and Baby Weigh-in so come and visit us soon, we look forward to meeting you!

What Crich Toy Library Offers

  • A wide range of good quality toys and sensory resources that are available to borrow for small charge.
  • Friendly meeting place for parents and carers.
  • Having a drink and a chat whilst your child plays and makes friends.
  • Hire of toys for parties or family occasions.
  • Themed family fun-days & Christmas parties.
  • Toy hire to local medical centres, health visitors and nursery nurses.
  • Pre-booking outreach service for local children�s centres, schools, out-of-school and holiday clubs, nurture groups, nurseries, playgroups and toddler groups.
  • Volunteering opportunities for all ages.
  • Fundraising at Local Carnivals and Community Events.

How To Join

  • Come along to a toy library session or download membership form and terms and conditions from our website.
  • There is a small annual membership fee for families and tiered membership frees for groups and health professionals.
  • Weekly hire charges range from 50 pence per toy.
  • Before toys can be hired out proof of ID needs to be supplied � utility bill, driving licence etc.

How Can We Choose?

We have catalogues available for you to look though and choose from.

Visit our website for updates.

Toys available

Baby and Early Years � a large selection of stimulating toys and equipment

Construction � Geomags, Stickle Bricks, PLANX and WEDGITS etc.

Games and Puzzles � Wide selection of inclusive Jigsaws and Board Games

Heuristic Resources � Treasure Baskets; natural objects and fabrics

Electronic � Leap pads, V-Tech and multimedia toys

Imaginative � Dressing-up clothes, dolls houses, farms, train sets, puppets, home
corner, etc.

Musical � Various instruments

Outdoor Toys � Adventure Flows, ride-ons, slides, trikes, pop-up tunnels, Zedbugs

Sensory and Positive Play � Portable sensory equipment, Bubble Tube and Cuddle,

Chunkies, Voice Dome, Effects Wheels, TOCKI Glitter

Tubes, switched toys, tactile and sensory themed packs

Science & Nature Themed Packs

Story Sacks 0845 009 3019