Families in Rothwell with youngsters aged up to five years are being urged to take advantage of a new toy library which has opened at the town’s Sure Start Children’s Centre.
The library allows families from the town, as well as those living in Mawsley, Loddington, Pytchley, Broughton, Cransley, Harrington and Thorpe Underwood, to borrow toys for four weeks at a time.
The toy library was officially opened earlier today (Friday) in a ceremony attended by children’s centre staff, Lee Hurling, head teacher of the neighbouring Rothwell Junior School, Kettering MP Philip Hollobone and members of various groups who had contributed towards the new facility.
Mr Hurling thanked those groups, which included Rothwell Citizens Welfare Committee, Rothwell United Churches Community Service, Rowell Lions and Volunteers and Friends of Rothwell Children’s Centre.
Centre co-ordinator Fiona Close said: “Joining the library is very simple. People can pop in and fill in a form, then they can look through our catalogue to see what items we have available and make a request to pick them up.”
Nicola Cutts, children’s centre worker, said the idea for the toy library had been in the pipeline for about 18 months – and it was originally something that mums using the facility had suggested.
She added: “It was driven initially by parents, not the centre itself.”
Kettering MP Philip Hollobone said he had followed the progress of the centre closely since it was opened.
He added: “There is clearly a buzz about the place – families and children enjoy coming here and the toy library will be an additional attraction for them.”
For more information about the centre, visit www.rothwell.childrencentre.org.