ABOUT TOY LIBRARIES AUSTRALIA
Toy Libraries Australia (TLA) began life as the Toy Libraries Association of Victoria (TLAV). It was formed in 1977 as the umbrella organisation of the five general Victorian toy libraries. TLAV changed its name to Toy Libraries Victoria in 2000, and to Toy Libraries Australia in 2012.
We are the peak body for over 280 toy libraries in Australia and are a non-profit incorporated association. We promote the importance and the value of play and aim to raise the profile of toy libraries in the community by publicising the role of toy libraries in promoting play, educating children and supporting families.
Encouragement, information and advice is offered to prospective and existing toy libraries, using accumulating knowledge and depth of experience. Networking of libraries is a key priority.
Membership fees fund the work of the association which is managed by a Committee who offer their services on a voluntary basis. The Committee meets bi-monthly and consists of employees and volunteers from a variety of toy libraries.
Toy Libraries Australia is proud to represent and support toy libraries from Frankston in Victoria, to Karratha in Western Australia, to Mackay in Queensland.
Toy Libraries Australia Manager
Toy Libraries Australia employs four part time staff, all offering their own level of support to our member toy libraries.
Debbie Williams – CEO
Supports development of all toy libraries
overseas operations and drives innovation
Nurtures the growth and function of TLA
Sarah McCarty – East Coast Development Manager (and insurance)
Supports development of toy libraries, primarily in the East Coast of Australia
Provide responsive advice and support to toy libraries
Maintains TLA’s group insurance program and offer advice on any insurance related queries
Louise Bell – WA Development Manager
Supports development of Western Australian toy libraries
Provide responsive advice and support to WA toy libraries
Helen Nicholson – Administration Officer
Manages the day-to-day administration and finances of TLA
Provide responsive advice and support to toy libraries
Support the work of the committee
We have compiled and created an extensive range of online documents and resources available exclusively for our member toy libraries. Hit the Member Hub button above and register for login details. Once approved, log in to the Member Hub to access the hub documents and videos.
Toy Libraries Australia also operates a wholesale toy buying group, Toy Community, available solely to its toy library members. Toy Community is a not-for-profit social enterprise that unites the buying power of not-for-profit toy libraries across Australia to access toys at wholesale prices. We facilitate the purchase of a wide range of top quality toys suitable for toy libraries at prices much cheaper than online or retail and often hold group buys to enable toy libraries to purchase items that may otherwise be unavailable to buy due to high minimum order requirements etc.
To register your toy library or find out more, go to the Toy Community website or contact us at email@example.com.
Toy Libraries Australia also offers comprehensive insurance cover designed specifically for toy libraries, saving our members thousands of dollars and ensuring peace of mind for their toy libraries.
STAFF & COMMITTEE
Toy Libraries Australia is governed by a volunteer Committee of Management elected annually by its membership. Members of the TLA Committee enjoy being involved in their own toy libraries, as well as supporting the work of toy libraries across Australia.
Being a member of the committee is a great way to get more involved in the toy library community, share best practice operating information and support other toy libraries. There are a number of roles available with various short and long term projects. If you are interested in being a member, we'd love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Debbie moved to Moonee Valley and found the commute to the Melbourne Community Toy Library too far, she decided to start a new toy library. Little did she know that the Moonee Valley Toy Library would take over her life and in 2 years grow to have 450 family members. Debbie has two young daughters, works part time as a strategy consultant and is on the Board of Monash Health. Her favourite toy is the mini micro scooter, so much so that she got a 2-wheel version for Mother's Day.
East Coast Development Manager (and insurance)
Sarah has been involved with toy libraries since 2012, joining the committee of the Bayside Toy Library before moving onto session lead, party pack coordinator and eventually manager over a 7 year period. She has been the TLA Office Manager since 2017, and will be continuing to work on TLA's group insurance policy and helping those in the East Coast develop and grow. Sarah has visited toy libraries across Australia and truly knows them inside out.
WA Development Officer
Louise is based in Perth working with WA toy libraries to support their sustainability and development. Her passions are in the area of families, play, and community. Louise brings a wealth of experience from many years of community based work as an OT, in project roles, and when parenting her young children. She has also enjoyed many volunteering roles across different community groups. Her first experience of toy libraries was when lifting the shed door of the Carnarvon Toy Library which had been in hibernation for many years. After wiping off the dust, Louise and her children were completely hooked.
Helen has been president of Margaret River Toy Library for 3 since 2018 and is now based in the Pilbara region of WA. Helen has a customer service background with recent experience in financial and business support services. Helen became admin officer in 2021 after Sarah moved into her role as development officer. Helen's work for Toy Libraries Australia has encouraged her to volunteer with more community organisations.
Catherine has spent the past twelve years working at Kingston Toy Library. Developing her knowledge of working in a community organisation and supporting families with young children flourish. Over this time she has visited many toy libraries across the state to widen her experience and encourage the passion and purpose of toy libraries for all.
Belinda has been a member of the Townsville Toy Library since she moved to Townsville in 2017 with her army husband. Shortly after she joined the committee in the Marketing Officer role. She is now the QLD & NT Representative for TLA. Belinda has over 14 years experience in the web design industry, has formal training in photography and has dabbled in retail management. She has 2 young daughters aka official toy testers who are both toy library ambassadors. Her favourite toys are LEGO (especially the building part), board games (Haba games, Catan and Ticket to Ride are my faves - games night anyone?) and Ravensburger puzzles.
Ritu joined Croydon Toy Library (now Maroondah Toy Library) in 2015. Her 5 year old has an insatiable appetite for trikes, ride-ons and wooden puzzles. And a toy library is the best fit for such varied demands (a win-win for mum and son!!). She is a qualified MBA and CFA Charter holder and has been working with an energy consultancy group for the last 7 years. She is very excited to volunteer her time as Treasurer for TLA.
Amy has been working as a toy library coordinator since 2004, nurturing the Collingwood Toy Library into the thriving community service it is today. She is passionate about supporting local families through the toy library and has a wide knowledge of toys for young children.
Ayse's first meeting with a toy library was at Collingwood Toy Library in early 2015, right after her migration to Australia from Turkey. She volunteered for CTL for a year with her passion growing day-by-day. Then in 2016, she became the Richmond Toy Library coordinator, where she still works. In addition to this, since mid 2017 she has been the coordinator of Kew Toy Library as well. A professional playwright, Ayse also works on her new play ideas by drawing great inspiration from toy library children. She loves cycling and maintaining her bike. Her favourite toys are the ones which tickle her undiscovered engineering skills like Magna Tiles.
Sharon has helped the Campbelltown Toy Library in South Australia grow for the past 16 years into a busy and valued part of the community. She has watched children grow up in the community and loves to have that close connection with local families.
She enjoys seeing parents and family members light up with enjoyment while playing and learning with their children. In particular Sharon loves toys and games which encourage family bonding time. Sharon believes that she has best job in the world.
Heather has worked at the City of Burnside Toy Library in South Australia since 2007. She is passionate about Toy Libraries and the importance of play to increase learning, life skills and development. Heather loves supporting Toy Libraries, learning and finding bigger and better ways of running toy libraries and supporting parents and their children.
Claire has been a member of Hastings Toy Library on Mornington Peninsula and is currently the Coordinator of this small toy library. With a background in emergency services, she is a stay at home mum and has two young sons, Rory and Mitchell, who help contribute to her knowledge of anything related to Lego, fire trucks, diggers and trains. Claire is passionate about all things 'Toy Library' and gains much inspiration and enthusiasm from fellow committee members. Her favourite toys at the moment are the Australian-made wooden Tuzzles Puzzles, as they promote a variety of themes that appeal to young and old.
Diane joined the Bayside Toy Library (BTL) in 2019 as a volunteer.
One day a week volunteering quickly became five during the 2020 pandemic when she assisted the BTL Manager to transform the Toy Library. Her contribution was recognised by the TLA when she was awarded the 2020 Community Volunteer of the year. Diane also joined the BTL Committee and took on the Secretarial position for a number of months as well as relief co-ordinator. Following a move to Moonee Ponds, Diane joined the Collingwood Toy Library and continues to volunteer there on a regular basis
Anlina has been involved with Manningham Toy Library since 2008 and is currently their coordinator. Anlina has a background in graphic artwork, a passion for writing and is a stay-at-home mum to her two children. Anlina aims to continue to expand and improve Toy Libraries Australia and the great service it offers to its members. Her favourite toy at the moment is the fabulous range of Smart Games that promote problem solving and logic in fun and creative ways, with Quadrilla marble runs as a close second.