January 22nd, 2021

Donations help create toy library for Crossings branch

By Nick Kuhl on February 29, 2020.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


Through the generous donation from the Friends of the Lethbridge 
Public Library and FortisAlberta, the Crossings Branch of the 
Lethbridge Public Library will be the home to a new toy library.
Play is an essential asset in a child’s learning and development 
process, and toys play a key part in helping to develop physical, fine 
motor, gross motor, intellectual, creative, social and emotional 
skills. Now families will have another opportunity to borrow new and 
exciting toys for this children at the library’s westside branch.
“A $2,700 donation provided to the Crossings Branch toy library by 
the Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library helps ensure that every 
child has access to toys and play,” says Isabelle Henderson, 
president Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library. “The Friends 
believe that investing in the next generation’s imagination and 
creativity is an important part of belonging to a community. Our funds 
are raised through community donations, triennial casinos, and regular 
used-book sales run by extremely dedicated volunteers.”
The main branch’s toy library has been available to Lethbridge 
families since 1992. Toy libraries afford parents the opportunity to 
allow their children to enjoy a variety of toys without the cost of 
purchase and the clutter of too many toys.
“We are so thankful to the Friends and FortisAlberta for their 
generous support for the new toy library at the Crossings Branch,” 
says Sarah Head, manager Branch Services, Lethbridge Public Library. 
“As west Lethbridge continues to grow, we are thrilled to be able to 
offer more options to the children and families of Lethbridge that use 
the Crossings Branch.”
Further funds were received from FortisAlberta, whose $1,400 Save 
Energy Grant made it possible for library staff to purchase toys made 
by companies that have committed themselves to consider best 
environmental practices in the manufacturing of their products.
“I am thrilled to support the Lethbridge Public Library with a grant 
to purchase sustainable toys for this circulating toy collection,” 
says Kari Hyde, supervisor Customer Experience and Energy Efficiency, 
FortisAlberta. “FortisAlberta is committed to supporting 
municipalities including businesses, schools, and libraries that are 
working to reduce energy consumption and minimize our carbon 
footprint. This grant for sustainable toys will ensure many children 
enjoy new and exciting toys while avoiding the plastic waste that 
comes with new toy packaging and delivery.”
Selecting toys made from environmentally responsible materials, such 
as softwood and recycled plastic, the Lethbridge Public Library 
Crossings Branch is excited to give families on the westside the 
opportunity to include more play into their child’s development.
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