Toys in Quarantine

Otumoetai Toy Librarian Yvonne Cooper with the toys that have already been in quarantine.


Games, puzzles, ride-ons, scooters, duplo and dolls furniture have been able to re-emerge back into the lives of children and parents during Level 2.


Otumoetai Toy Library opened for click and collect on May 23, and it has been a busy happy time for toy librarian Yvonne Cooper and the volunteer committee that help run it.


“Committee members came and helped clean the library before we reopened,” says Yvonne, who works there three mornings a week.


“We cleared out a separate area for returned toys to go into quarantine for seven days.”


Members log into the library’s database to view and reserve toys available and collect them from Yvonne outside the library door.


“We ask members to clean the toys at home, then they go into quarantine here for a week before we clean them again and bring them back into the library. So they get a double clean.”


Some of the larger toys were stacked at separate houses, to create space for the quarantine area.


“We are looking forward to going back to Level 1. A few members who have come in say it’s been such a long time, the kids have been at home, with no play groups going on or the activities that they’d normally do.”


The Otumoetai Toy Library has about 115 members and is located at 94 Bureta Rd at the back of St Johns Anglican Church. Opening hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 9.30am – 11.30am. To join contact the toy librarian on or 027 857 7452.

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