The toy library will re-open Oct. 3. File photo.

Comox Valley Toy Library is re-opening

The Comox Valley Toy Library is re-opening on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. – noon.

The toy library will be open the first and third Saturday of each month at St. George’s United Church (access via Fitzgerald Ave ramp).

The Comox Valley Toy Library Society (CVTLS) is a volunteer-operated non-profit society that lends sanitizable toys to families for a fee of $20/year.

CVTLS president Kelly Allen also works at St. George’s church and helped develop the COVID-19 protocols for the church’s user groups.

“St. George’s kindly sponsors our rent and we will be following all of their standard protocols, including physical distancing and mask-wearing,” Allen explains. “We also have measures specific to the toy library to ensure loaned toys are properly sanitized and that visits to our space are safe. Returned toys will be cleaned with BioSURF (a medical-grade cleaner designed not to harm people or the environment) and will remain in the library for two weeks before being re-loaned.”

The full CVTLS COVID-19 Safety Plan can be found on the CVTLS facebook page and website (http://cvtoylibrary.weebly.com/).

There are also upcoming opportunities to get involved with the CVTLS. The toy library is looking for volunteers to assist in regular operations. In addition, the organization will be electing a new board at its AGM on Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. “Volunteering with the toy library is a great way for new parents or newcomers to the Valley to meet people,” says Allen. “We are looking for members at large, as well as individuals experienced in volunteer organization, fundraising and marketing. Also, if you are a toy enthusiast and want to assist with inventory, we want to hear from you!”

Anyone interested in volunteering, attending the AGM, or joining the board, can reach out via email: cvtoylibrary@gmail.com.

St. George’s United Church is located at 505 6th Street in Courtenay.

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