Tempting people to use library

The Picton Toy Library hopes to attract more members with a fresh sign and a bigger toy collection.

The library's updated look was painted by Waikawa Bay artist Nicci Neilson to brighten its Market St premises and welcome people in to see its collection of hundreds of toys.

The Picton Toy Library committee bought the signage and new toys, including dress-up costumes, with cash from their Picton Maritime Festival 2012 fundraiser.

Committee spokeswoman Kirsty Saxon said the library hoped to increase its membership which had fallen from 30 families to 21 over the last year.

"We wanted something fun and eye-catching on our building as there are still lots of parents who don't know we are here.

"We are wishing for many more because it's so sad seeing all our toys sitting at the library instead of being enjoyed."

The library has bought a Tonka ride-on dump-truck, a water play trough, more puzzles and games that needed to be loaned to children. Family membership costs $10 per school term and toy hire ranges from $1 to $3 per item.

Vandals attacked the library in April, breaking windows and showering toys with glass which had to be cleaned up.

Ms Saxon said the committee was looking forward to being bigger and better than ever.

The Marlborough Express