On Saturday 10th December we held our first Annual General Meeting followed by our first Saturday session – a special Christmas themed swap and play.
With toys available to hire for the whole of the festive period, the session was a celebration of all the hard work over the previous year by all the volunteers to get the toy library up and running. There was Christmas music, mince pies and festive drinks and a warm welcome to the new and current toy library members who joined us.
With hedgehogs and flowers made out of books at Marksbury Road Library and hosted by Scrapstore and South Bristol Toy Library, our second event in collaboration with Scrapstore was a match made in heaven.
A huge amount of fun was had by children and parents alike as a couple of hours on a miserable and rainy Saturday morning in October was spent sticking wobbly eyes and felt noses on to hedgehogs made from the folded pages of used books. The Marksbury Road Library setting was perfect: surrounded by books, children got busy colouring in, while their parents, carers and Rachel from Scrapstore helped fold pages and cut out paper flowers.
We had well over 50 children and their grown-ups turn up to our first event that took place on Saturday 3rd September at URC. In collaboration with the wonderful Children’s Scrapstore it was a Scrapstore Cardboard Cities Event with two hours spent making buildings and dens out of large and small cardboard boxes, younger kids crawling into them, finding hiding places and having an amazing amount of fun (the grown-ups did too).
There was also a mini-worlds area set up where all kinds of weird and fabulously creative hats were made from scrap items including feathers, pom-poms, stickers and pipe-cleaners.
Our thanks go to Rachel from the Scrapstore along with her daughter, Ada, who not only helped out on the day but made us this lovely card.
On a freezing cold weekend at the end of November 2015, South Bristol Toy Library founder, Annie, along with volunteers and committee members Kate, Ben and Sarah set up a stall to promote the idea of a toy library in south Bristol, to talk to passers-by and find out their interest in a local toy library, and to raise funds through a raffle of a fabulous Kiddi-moto balance bike.
Warming cups of coffee and tinsel adorning the stall did little to raise the festive spirit with driving rain and strong winds but we did manage to brave it to the bitter end when the the fair was called off early due to the awful weather.
Despite the difficult conditions, awareness of the toy library was raised, passers-by who stopped to chat entered the raffle and £30 profit was raised to help fund the set up costs of the toy library.