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Play time: Southwark launches toy libraries

Children, parents and carers can now borrow toys, books, equipment and other resources from Toy Libraries at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park and Charterhouse-in-Southwark.

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The four libraries – two of them in SE1 – mean children can access a wide range of toys that are carefully selected to help them learn as they play. The service also provides advice for parents on how playing with toys can, for example, help their children prepare for school.

Speaking at the launch event in Southwark Park, which was attended by children from across the borough, Cllr Bob Skelly, Executive Member for Education and Culture, said: "These toy libraries are all about learning and having fun. Play is very important for developing children, and we hope these libraries will mean children and their parents or carers can enjoy a whole range of activities together."

Maya Derrick, who is four years old and uses one of the toy libraries, said: "I think it is really good because I can use different toys!"

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Ufuoma Ometta, a parent attending the launch, said: "These toy libraries are a great idea – they mean that the family can have fun together, and that parents can make savings by spending less on toys, which are sometimes very expensive."

To find out more about becoming a member of the toy libraries please call tel 020 7525 5042, mobile 07932 373381 or email

Southwark's Toy Libraries are based at:
• Leyton Square, Maismore Street, SE15
• Southwark Park, Children's Playroom, Hawkstone Road, SE16
Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Children's Playroom, St George's Road, SE1
• The Chipper Club, Rainbow Building, 32 Crosby Row, SE1 3YR

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