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Your Toy Library

Welcome to the Attadale Toy Library, a resource for Melville City and surrounding residents.  We hope you and your family enjoy this resource.  The Toy Library works like a book library, except children borrow toys, games or puzzles.  All the toys have been carefully selected to provide entertainment and educational benefits for children aged from babies to 6 years. The Toy Library is run by parent volunteers, with all fees going towards new toys, costs and maintenance. Additional information is available on our website: http://attadaletoylibrary.org.au.

Fees

Annual membership is $80.00 per family, plus a once-only bond of $20.00 for all members.  This bond is fully refundable on resignation of membership if members have fulfilled all duties and obligations (see below for details).  The annual membership fee is not refundable.

Opening times

Toy Library is open Saturday mornings, 9.00 -10.30am.  Please come early to avoid congestion at the end of the session.  Please refer to the current roster for closing dates over that term due to long weekends etc.

Toys

What you can borrow and for how long

Five items can be borrowed at any one time. You can borrow them for up to three weeks.  The same toy can be renewed for a further three weeks (on or before the date it is due back) by logging into MiBase online or coming to a Saturday morning session. If the due date falls on a day when the toy library is closed (e,g, a public holiday weekend), the toy is due back the next Saturday that the library is open.

Late returns

If for some reason you cannot return the toy by the date due a weekly fine of a $2.00 per toy, per week to a maximum of $10.00 per week will be charged. No fine will be given if your toys are due back on a Saturday that the library is closed.

Missing Pieces

If you find that a toy you have borrowed is missing a piece, please renew the toy for a further borrowing period and try to find it.  If you keep it for an extra three weeks and still can’t find the missing piece, you may need to pay for the replacement of the piece. If the toy can no longer be used without the missing piece, you may need to pay for its replacement.  The value of the replacement will be determined at the next committee meeting.

Packaging

Packaging is expensive and can be hazardous if care is not taken, so please put bags and boxes in a safe place.  A replacement fee will be charged for lost or damaged bags and packaging.  We also ask that if you have any packaging the Toy Library could use, please donate this on Saturdays. This can be anything from a plastic box to a doona or pillow case bag. We can use anything sturdy, plastic and transparent with a zip.

Broken Toys

Depending on the damage, and taking into account normal wear and tear, you may have to pay for replacement of that toy. This will be discussed at the next committee meeting, and you will be notified of any cost.

Bicycle and scooters insurance

Attadale Toy Library has insurance through the Toy Libraries Australia (TLA). Bicycles and scooters are covered through this insurance, as long as children wear helmets when riding them. To maintain coverage of our policy, we ask that all members acknowledge (by signing the helmet waiver form) they have access to a helmet and that they will ensure that their child wears it. It is the parent’s responsibility to supervise children with any toys and packaging they borrow from the library. To view our full policy please ask a committee member.

Tips on care of toys

Please return the toys clean and dry.  Check the number of pieces against the list on the card or box. Help minimise breakages and lost pieces by returning them to a safe place after play.  To prevent losing pieces, we recommend that you don’t take toys away from your home.

Take a few minutes with your child when introducing the toy to ensure they understand how to use it.  Try to discourage children from taking unsuitable toys outside.

Toy acquisitions

We purchase toys a few times per year as needed based on suggestions by our members and the management committee. We gratefully accept toy donations if toys are suitable and in very good condition.

How the library operates

Management committee

The toy library is managed by a member volunteer committee (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, roster officer, membership officer and general committee members). The committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and meets approximately ten times per year. Committee members do not pay a yearly fee.

Members duties

Members are expected to do rosters, attend the AGM, participate at the annual stock take and contribute to the annual fundraising.

 

Member Duty

Frequency per year

Roster

4 (up to 6 as needed)

Attend AGM

1

Help with Stock take

1

Fundraising

1

Rosters

Roster is COMPULSORY for all members.  You are required to do one roster duty once a term. Depending on membership numbers, this requirement may be more or less frequent but not more than twice per term. If you cannot attend your roster session, it is your responsibility to arrange a swap with another member. Once the swap is arranged, please notify the supervisor for that week and the Roster Officer by email (roster@attadaletoylibrary.org.au).  Failure to undertake roster duties will incur a $15.00 fine the first time and $25.00 the second time.  The roster is emailed to members at the start of each term and is also available on MiBase Online (http://attadale.mibase.com.au)

 

We prefer if your children stay at home when you are on duty, we however understand that it is not always possible. Please keep in mind that you need to be able to do your duties so that the members can return and borrow toys efficiently.

Annual General Meeting

We hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM), in February each year. Attendance is highly encouraged. The Attadale Toy Library is an incorporated association and thus has a legal obligation to hold a general meeting at least annually where no less than half our members attend. We will not be able to continue running if we cannot get a quorum at the AGM. Please also remember a Committee is elected every AGM, and everyone is encouraged to participate in the smooth running of the Toy Library by being an active member of the Committee for a period of time.

Annual Stocktake

We undertake a formal count, inspection and clean of all toys at our annual stocktake. Assistance with the annual stock take weekend is COMPULSORY. Should any member not attend the stocktake (without prior notice to the committee) a fine of $20 will occur. If you really can’t make it on the day there will be opportunities to assist in other ways (such as taking costumes home to wash). You will be notified of time and dates for these through email.

Fundraising

Every year the toy library selects a fundraising activity to raise funds for new toy acquisitions. All members are expected to contribute to this fundraising effort.

Membership Suspension

Membership can be suspended for up to two terms if a member is unable to perform their duties (including roster, fundraising, stock take) for extenuating circumstances. During this suspension the member is unable to borrow toys. Membership suspension is granted at the discretion of the management committee, only if there is no waiting list to join the toy library. Notice of your intention to suspend your membership is required prior to roster being finalised for the following term.

Resignation

If and when you wish to resign from the Attadale Toy Library, please email your intention to do so to committee@attadaletoylibrary.org.au. Resignations will be accepted at the end of each term (i.e., in order to ensure the smooth running of the toy library, we need all members to fulfill their obligations each term). Please advise your resignation before the roster is finalised for the following term.

Once all obligations have been fulfilled and toys returned, the $20 bond is refundable in cash or by bank transfer. Please note that the annual fee is not refundable, even if resigning part way through the year.


ATTADALE TOY LIBRARY - WAIVER, RELEASE AND INDEMNITY FOR BICYCLE AND SCOOTERS

 

The Attadale Toy Library ("Provider") is pleased to make bicycles and scooters available to subscribers ("the Service"). 

As a subscriber to the Service you acknowledge that there are dangers and risks inherent with bicycle and scooter riding (the “Activity”) to which any child under your supervision ("Your Child") may be exposed.

 

The Provider does not provide protective clothing or bicycle helmets and it is your responsibility to ensure that Your Child wears a helmet at all times and is otherwise appropriately attired when participating in the Activity. You agree that Your Child will participate in the Activity at your own risk. You also agree to voluntarily assume responsibility for supervising the Activity and any injury, death or property damage you or Your Child may suffer or cause as a result of participating in the Activity.

To the maximum extent possible at law, you (both in your personal capacity and on behalf of Your Child) agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify the Provider and its respective officers, employees, servants, agents and contractors (the “Indemnified Persons”) against all actions, claims, suits, costs, expenses, demands and damages suffered or incurred by the Indemnified Persons or any one or more of them by reason of, or in respect of, or in any manner whatsoever arising out of, or caused by, your use of the Service or Your Child's participation in the Activity.

 You agree that you are subscribing to the Service on the express condition that the Provider:

(a) will, under no circumstances be liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any death, loss, accident, damage or injury to you, Your Child or any of your servants, agents, contractors, visitors or invitees or any other person whatsoever (“Related Party”) which may happen as a result of your use of the Service or Your Child participating in the Activity; and

(b) will not incur or be under any liability whatsoever to you, Your Child, or to any Related Party for any loss, damage or injury to or in respect of any of your property or of any Related Party’s property.

The Provider is not liable to you, Your Child or any Related Party in respect of any indirect or consequential loss. For the avoidance of doubt, ‘consequential loss’ means loss or damage arising from a breach of contract, tort (including negligence), under statute or any other basis in law or equity of an indirect or consequential nature including, but without limitation, loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss or denial of opportunity, loss of goodwill, loss of business reputation, future reputation or publicity, damage to credit rating and indirect, remote, abnormal or unforeseeable loss, or any similar loss whether or not in the reasonable contemplation of the parties.


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