Toy library at FRANRA

Fraserburgh Toy Library has relocated from Fraserburgh Community Centre in Alexandra Terrace to Franra in the High Street. The new toy library was launched at Franra on Monday January 10, 2011.

The Toy Library has been going for some time now in the town, originally it was held at the Library in King Edward Street and then it moved to the Community Centre. The new location in the High Street is a more central location and perhaps more easily accessible via public transport thus enabling parents, grandparents and carers of young children to simply pop in whilst in the town.

Matthew Noble Community Learning and Development Worker told the Herald: "The Toy Library will be available at Franra on a weekly basis on Mondays from 1.30 pm until 3.00 pm, it is free to join and enables children to borrow toys for a week at a time. Everyone is welcome to come along, toys are aimed at children from birth to primary school age and there are many fantastic toys available."

In these financially tight times, the Toy Library can provide an excellent way of saving money as it still gives children the chance to play with good quality toys however parents do not have to feel frustrated when the toy is discarded a few weeks later.

All the toys are good quality and include Fisher Price baby toys, other educational toys, board games like Jenga, jigsaw puzzles along with dolls houses, musical instruments and numerous vehicle toys. Matthew added: "Many of the toys available to borrow will encourage interaction between children and between children and parents, it also teaches children from a young age to look after things."

Parents and carers who come along to the Toy Library with their children can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the Franra Cafe for a small donation. Irene Kirkpatrick from Franra said: "I am looking forward to welcoming the mums, dads, grannies and grandads with their children at the Toy Library, parents can relax and have a chat in the cafe with a cup of tea or coffee while their children choose a toy."

The Toy Library will be available in the Franra building for the next three months and will be staffed by Community Learning and Development Worker Matthew Noble initially and thereafter by Elly Morrice.

Elly and Matthew advised the Herald that they would welcome any feedback and suggestions for the future of the Toy Library, for example what day and time should the Toy Library be held, are there any specific toys parents feel should be made available? Elly and Matthew can be contacted by telephoning Fraserburgh Community Centre on 01346 518788.