An affordable annual membership is required to borrow any items from the Stratton Toy Library, noted co-ordinator Patti Brown, who is being assisted by Laurie Anderson.
The STL provides a variety of stimulating toys that are appropriate for children up to 12 years of age, including those for children with special needs.
By seeing toys in action, parent also are able to evaluate the suitability and desirability of them. Each child may borrow one toy at a time for up to two weeks after your membership is paid.
All toys should be returned clean.
Baby/infant items may be reserved in advance. STL has available one infant swing, one exerciser, two playpens, a jolly jumper, two monitors, and one breast pump.
Other items available for loan include resource books and videos on topics such as parenting, pregnancy, childbirth, and child and teen development.
“Come browse through our selection,” said Brown, addingvarious craft magazines and books for pre-schoolers to adult also are available at the STL.
Meanwhile, workshops coming up this fall at the STL include Red Cross First Aid/CPR. Those interested must be age 16 or older, and pre-registration is required.
A minimum of 10 participants is needed in order for the class to begin.
A babysitting course is being offered to those age 12 and over, and pre-registration again is required. At least six participants are needed for it to begin.
The STL is still taking names for this class.
“This is a perfect place to come and play with your children and enjoy a sociable experience,” Brown said of the STL, adding it is available to all families without charge.
People may bring their own lunches and snacks. A daily pre-school craft is available for all children.
STL also offers childcare each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents can drop their child(ren) off at the centre for up to four hours at a cost of $1/hr. per child.
You may pre-register a space the Saturday before or that Tuesday morning. STL is looking forward to providing your children with safe and enjoyable stays.
After-school kids’ time is Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. Pre-register is a must and the fee varies each week. The fee covers the cost of the materials used.
Watch your monthly calendar for a description of weekly workshops.
This provides kids age six-13 with a place to learn how to make crafts, cook in the kitchen, game days indoors and outside, and other activities.
A membership is not needed to attend this. Parents take turns providing an after-school snack.
Playgroup goes Thursday from 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. This is time for caregivers to meet with similar aged child(ren) to play and socialize. A pre-school craft is available, and special holiday parties also are held on Thursday mornings.
For more info on services provided at the STL, call 483-5319.