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Toy sleepover at Goonellabah and Lismore Libraries

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Children are getting ready for the toy sleepover. Photo supplied.

Toys work hard to make our kids happy and the Goonellabah and Lismore Libraries are offering to give your children’s buddies a night off with an exclusive get together this week.

This Thursday and Friday, children are invited to bring a toy along to a special late afternoon story time and Toy Sleepover.

After reading a great children’s book together, the toys will be tucked up in bed and left for a sleepover at the library with the library staff.

The early sunsets and chilly winter weather are once again the impetus behind the Lismore and Goonellabah Library’s annual Toy Sleepovers.

Lismore Librarian Lucy Kinsle says the sleepover events are a great early literacy initiative and she hopes they will also encourage young families to visit and become involved with the library, and with library activities. ‘Children’s toys are very special to them, so it is important that the toy that is selected is one which they can do without for a night.

‘Children are encouraged to wear their winter sleepwear and slippers.’

Upon arrival the toys are all given a unique tag to ensure that we know who they belong to. The children, toys and carers enjoy a snuggly story time together with some sleepy songs, rhymes and stories. After this the toys are tucked up in rugs and cushions, and left in the care of the staff for the night.

Staff are aware that toys may get up to some mischief during the night and will have a photographer on hand to capture it all.

The next day children return to collect their toy along with a special book that their toy has chosen for them, as well as a bravery certificate to recognise the courage shown in leaving their toy at the library.

Photos of the toys getting up to shenanigans in the library after hours will be posted on the library Facebook page.

This wonderful event is open to all pre-school and stage 1 children with their parent or carer, whether they are library members or not.

This free event will be your only opportunity to see the staff in winter ‘jammies and fluffy slippers, and is on Thursday July 4 at the Goonellabah Library and Friday July 5 at the Lismore Library from 4-5pm.


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