Library and Archives Services

toy library

INTRODUCTION

o The Library Information and Archive Services Directorate has established Toy Library Services in Community Libraries around the Province.

WHAT IS A TOY LIBRARY?

A Toy Library is a service established in an existing public or community library to :

o Provide a range of toys, games, puzzles, aids and make believe furniture for children up to the age of nine years.
o Caters for development and recreational needs of children and their families in the local community;
o Caters for pre-school children and generally has a limit on the number of toys that can be borrowed on each visit;
o Families can borrow toys or games suitable for them all to play at home;
o Offer an important dimension to South Africa’s educational programme by providing an environment of abundant play opportunity supplemented by a collection of high quality toys;
o Affirm values of honesty and sharing among children in all walks of life.
o Help parents to play with and provide play experiences for their children while becoming more informed consumers of toys.
o Offers a forum for discussion among parent, pre-school teachers and care-givers and community librarians.

THE TOY LIBRARY SERVICE IS…

o A contribution of the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs:
o Directorate Library, Information and Archive Services support the Early Childhood Development Programme.
o The strategy is to cultivate a reading culture among our people starting with the young ones. Toys, games and aids supplement the books and other information resources in a library and those essential building blocks in development of our youth and future leaders.
o The Toy Library Services has been  established as part of the public/community library within the children’s section and services is available to all community members.

WHY A TOY LIBRARY?

o Research shows that educational toys stimulate child development from an early stage. And the first six years of the child’s lifeis very crucial for the child’s development.
o Educational toys help to exercise physical activities the child needs for reading, e.g. focusing, ability to determine the midline, eye span and hand/eye coordination, language and concentration. Educational toys, aids and games stimulate different levels of development, perceptual development, auditory skills, coping skills, comprehension logical reasoning, hand/foot/eye coordination and construction skills.

HOW THE TOY LIBRARY FUCTIONS

o Visiting the library and attending toy/games sessions organised by the community library.
o Parents who are registered members of the library and attended training can borrow the toys from the library for a set period.


  

Profiles

MEC
Hon. Ontlametse Mochware

HOD
Ms Nono Bapela


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