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Dance to boost library coffers

Thursday, 10th March, 2011

PLAY TIME: Charlotte Pearce (3) at The Resource and Toy Library in Piper Street which is holding a disco tomorrow evening to raise money to help it stay open. PLAY TIME: Charlotte Pearce (3) at The Resource and Toy Library in Piper Street which is holding a disco tomorrow evening to raise money to help it stay open.

The Broken Hill Resource and Toy Library is holding a disco tomorrow night to raise money to keep the centre up and running.

The toy library is a non-profit organisation which provides toys and educational resources to children to play with at the library or borrow for two weeks.

The Piper Street facility is open five days a week and provides a space for children and their parents to play together.

It also runs an outreach service which visits low income families, Aboriginal families and children with disabilities in Broken Hill and Menindee.

The library was established in 1977 and services 398 children, while the outreach program services 39 families.

Toy Library Vice President, Rebecca Pearce, said it relies on fundraising and patronage to pay its operating costs which are subsidised by the Department of Community Services.

"The Toy Library has five employees and is run by a committee made up of members," she said.

Mrs Pearce said the library was looking to promote its services in order to gain more members and secure its future.

Membership costs $35 a year or $25 a year for health care concession card holders. A $5 entry fee also applies.

Friday's Hawaiian-themed disco will be held at the Toy Library from 5pm to 7pm. Entry is $2 per child or $5 per family. A sausage sizzle and canteen facilities will be available.

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