Facelift for Papamoa toy library

Leigh Park, Claudia Prescott Park, Atareta Winiata and Amaia Wirihana. Photo: Nikki South.

No one can spy out a toy faster than a child on a mission.

And now families will be able to spot toys just as quick - a whole library of them in fact - following a much-needed facelift at Papamoa Toy Library.

The library is boasting new signage both on the outside of the building, and throughout it; helping locals to better locate the toy library.

And the new look is not without the help of Sun Media’s creative team.

Designer Kerri Wheeler has been at the forefront of the project, helping to create new branding for the library, which has included the creation of a new logo for its signage.

“It’s wonderful to finally have great signage to welcome new people to the Papamoa Toy Library,” says president of the Papamoa Toy Library, Leigh Park.

“We’re so grateful to Kerri Wheeler and The Weekend Sun for our fabulous new look.”

The Papamoa Toy Library was started by volunteers 16 years ago and continues to grow.

Librarian Cecilia Pamment says the library supports the community as much as they support it.

“Borrowing toys allows children to access new toys every two weeks,” says Cecilia. “This saves money for parents and grandparents, and it's great to re-use toys too.”

The Papamoa Toy Library has more than 900 toys, and has loaned more than 5000 times to Papamoa locals in the last 12 months.

It loans quality educational toys, games, bikes and outdoor equipment for children aged as young as new-born through to six-years-old.

Atareta Wirihana, a new mum to Papamoa, joined the Papamoa Toy Library recently and says she loves it.

“My little girl loves so many of the toys the Papamoa Toy Library has,” says Atareta.

“I look forward to borrowing the balance bikes and slides when she’s big enough to use them.”

The Papamoa Toy Library is open six days a week, and is located just down the hall from the Papamoa Library.

It is administered by volunteers and generously funded by grants from TECT, The Acorn Foundation and COGs grants.