Carlton Grand Opening and MCTL Open Day


The Grand Opening of our fabulous new Carlton branch at The Chapel, 469 Cardigan St, Carlton will be held on Saturday, 20th August from 10am – 2pm.

This will also incorporate our Open Day for The Melbourne Community Toy Library as a whole, so all current and future Kensington members are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Please come along and check out our beautiful new location, meet our friendly staff and enjoy a stay and play with your little ones. This is also an opportune time to consider joining the MCTL Committee, chat to current committee members and staff and get a feel for whether you can fill any of the available roles.

Any new members who join on the day at either our Carlton branch OR Kensington branch will receive an extra 3 months on their membership for FREE! So please share with family and friends, other Mums at school, daycare or kinder and get the word out – Our Open Day is the time to join the Toy Library!

See you there!
Open Day Flyer

Updated Saturday opening hours for the Chapel@Carlton from July 9th



Inclusive of Saturday 9th July, there will be a change to the Saturday opening hours for the Toy Library operating at the Chapel in Carlton, 469 Cardigan St.

New Saturday Carlton hours:

Open at 10:30am
Close at 1pm

The Friday opening hours at Carlton will not change. The Kensington opening hours will not change.

See you there!

Vote for our Leader Local Grants proposal!


Dear members,

The Melbourne Community Toy Library has applied for a grant through Leader Local Grants. We hope to increase our access amongst Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities and need some monies to do so.

Our proposal needs votes to get up, so to vote for our proposal before the closing date of April 1st:

1. Register an account at (top right of page next to Login)

2. Visit:

3. Scroll down the page and cast your 10 votes our way!

We would appreciate the support of our members, their friends and families – so please share these voting instructions widely!

Support our Entertainment Fundraiser and get Early Bird Bonus Offers!

Standard’re very excited to be fundraising with Entertainment™ this year. Order your NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships from us today, and 20% of the proceeds contribute towards our Toy Library!

With supermarkets and petrol offers included, it represents fantastic value that can help you save every day.  Participating businesses include Woolworths, Big W, BWS, Chemist Warehouse, Emirates, Virgin Australia, David Jones and many more.

Entertainment™ Memberships are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, café, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel, and much more!


Order your new Entertainment™ Book or Entertainment™ Digital Membership
before 26 April 2016 and you will receive over $160 worth of additional offers that you can use right away!

Available as a traditional Entertainment Book – or – Digital Membership on your smartphone, your Membership gives you over $20,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2017!

Support the Toy Library and please forward this page to any friends and family who may be interested in saving money and getting great value by purchasing an Entertainment Membership.

Why not buy two and give one to a friend or family member as a great gift that keeps on giving!

The Entertainment Book must be ordered online, prior to collection at your local Toy Library branch (Carlton or Kensington).  Please provide a copy of your receipt to the branch staff as proof of purchase.

Save money and help us raise $1000 with quality Australian-made greeting cards!



Another weekend, another party…

…another $5 birthday card


Is it just us, or is the cost of greeting cards a little ridiculous? When you’re attending a children’s birthday party every other weekend, it adds up pretty quickly.

That’s why, for our first major fundraiser this year, we’ve decided to offer you – and your friends and family – the chance to save some of your hard-earned cash with boxes of high quality, Australian-made greeting cards for just $1 per card!

Every $10 box contains 10 different cards, each uniquely embellished with pop-up inserts, reflective foil, embossing and glitter. Each card is packed in a protective sleeve with a matching envelope.

The cards will be distributed in carry bags containing six boxes. We ask that all members take at least one bag to sell to friends and family. Each carry bag comprises:

  • 2 x celebrations cards set
  • 2 x birthday cards set ACards
  • 2 x birthday cards set B


Sell them at the office, playgroups, school, sporting or social clubs, or sell them to friends whose children will have endless birthday parties to attend, month after month! Save money and plan ahead by buying a few boxes for home!

Cards are now available for pick up from the Carlton and Kensington MCTL branches, and funds raised from the sale of cards should be returned to the MCTL within two weeks.

Please help us reach our target of $1000 to support the toy library and buy new and exciting toys for young and curious minds.

BONUS CHALLENGE! Free Membership Upgrade! 

Are you a fundraising master? Sell three or more carry bags (minimum sale of 18 boxes) and receive a free upgrade to your MCTL membership on your next renewal.

Annual Christmas Raffle 2015


Raffle Tickets are still on sale! The draw will take place on Monday 14th December for the raffle and the highest bidder of the signed Carlton Football will be announced. Get your tickets and bid in quick!

Here is a reminder of the prizes up for grabs:

  • £250 voucher off a Family Photo shoot with Sanna Griffin Photography
  • 2 x 6 sessions with Little Kickers valued at $100 each
  • 4 x Caulfield Race Day tickets
  • Venus Day Spa – Back Massage valued at $55
  • Venus Day Spa – Power Facial valued at $70
  • Puffing Billy family pass valued at $99
  • Lunch for two at The Langham Melba Restaurant
  • Enchanted Adventure Garden family pass valued at $96
  • Cinema Nova double pass for any film
  • Phillip Island Nature Park passes
  • Museum Victoria 2 x adults tickets (kids free)
  • Luna Park unlimited family ride pass valued at $150
  • 5 x Yo-Chi Frozen Yoghurt vouchers valued at $10 each
  • Crafternoon Cafe voucher valued at $50
  • 4 x Planet Kids Play Centre passes
  • BIG4 Holiday Park Club Membership valued at $50
  • 2 x Treat of France Cafe vouchers valued at $25 each
  • Family pass from Eureka Skydeck valued at $44


Toy Catalogue Fundraiser


If like me you have not started your Christmas shopping yet…why not look through the Parent Direct and Chalk toy catalogues!

These catalogues give you the opportunity to buy great quality toys at great prices, many of which are not available through retail stores.

Whilst saving money you can be earning money for your toy library. When ordering online with these catalogues please nominate the Melbourne Community Toy Library and we will receive 20% of the total value of all orders.

Importantly, please could you let us know when you have placed an order so we can make sure we receive our voucher and deduct the value from your annual $25 fundraising contribution.

Thank you very much.

P.S. These catalogues are available all year round…not just at Christmas

Teddy Bears Picnic



After the successPicnic of our stall at Spring Fling we would like to start planning our next event…Our First Teddy Bears Picnic! But as this is our first one we would like your input.

The idea is to bring the family and the kids bring their favourite Teddy Bear to have a picnic with us and other Toy Library members. The plan is use part of JJ Holland Park in Kensington on either Wednesday 13th January or Saturday 16th January 2016. Start time from about 10:30am to 1:30pm. There will be a small charge per family not per child. It is school holidays so we would like to encourage everyone to come along. We will provide some kind of marquee for shade and some toys for the little ones. (Party packs and water tables.) Big kids can bring their footballs.

So could you tell us what day would be better and if you would like us to provide food and drinks? Or any other suggestions? We will need to apply with the City Of Melbourne and give them enough notice. Please let us by emailing us at Thanks so much. Really looking forward to hearing from you and planning our 1st Teddy Bears Picnic!

Spring Fling Sunday 18th October 2015


Spring Fling

Spring Fling is this Sunday! How time flies! We are super busy getting ready to make our stall fun and exciting for you and your kids. We have been allocated a great space where we are going to set up the Party Packs that are available to hire. This is a great opportunity for you to see what we have and to keep us in mind when you are planning your little one’s next party. Kids are able to play on these for free throughout the day. We will also have a few little games to play for a small fee and hopefully you can win a prize.

We will also have our Annual Christmas Raffle tickets on sale. We are very excited as we have been given a great range of prizes by our very generous local community and businesses. For only $2 a ticket you could win a £250 voucher off a Family Photoshoot with Sanna Griffin Photography, 6 sessions with Little Kickers, Caulfield Race Day tickets, Venus Day Spa vouchers, Puffing Billy family pass, Lunch for two at The Langham, Enchanted Adventure Garden family pass, Cinema Nova tickets, Phillip Island Nature Park passes, Museum Victoria tickets, Luna Park unlimited family ride pass, Yo-Chi Frozen Yoghurt vouchers, Crafternoon Cafe voucher, Planet Kids Play Centre passes, BIG4 Holiday Park Voucher, Treat of France Cafe vocuher and a family pass from Eureka Skydeck. A fantastic bunch of prizes. We are really proud to publish the names and logos of all these great organisations and businesses on our page.

Thank you to all the members who are volunteering at our stall to keep it running smoothly. We really hope you can drop by, chat to us and let the kids play for a bit. Look forward to seeing you all there.

The Market will be on Errol Street, Victoria Street and surrounding laneways, North Melbourne

Big4 Cinema Nova Crafternoon Echanted Adventure Garden Eureka Skydeck Little Kickers Luna PArk Melbourne Racing Club Museum Victoria Phillip Island Planet Kids Puffing Billy Sanna Photography The Langham Treat of France Venus Day Spa Yo-Chi