Adelaide could soon be home to Australia’s first UNESCO City of Music -themed toy library.
UNESCO is the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and was founded in 1945 with a mission to build peace through international co-operation.
The library is the brainchild of Clr. Arman Abrahimzadeh who said a dedicated toy library that reflects these themes would be a welcome addition to Adelaide which already boasts the nation’s first and only UNESCO City of Music.
“The city doesn’t have a toy library of any type for children to enjoy,” said Clr. Abrahimzadeh.“So why not aim to create the best possible library that can be a place for families to come together, engage, learn and of course, have a lot of fun in the process.”
Clr. Abrahimzadeh emphasized on the uniqueness and benefits of such a toy library. A conventional toy library has a variety of traditional toys for families to borrow and enjoy, however the aim for this UNESCO City of Music-themed facility will be to help toddlers and children develop skills using musical instruments.
“We know that musical toys and instruments have many developmental benefits for infants and toddlers, be it developing their fine motor skills or encouraging self-expression and promoting creativity.”
The details of how such a facility could operate, a potential location and timeframe on becoming operational will be presented to Council later this year.
“It would be great to explore potential partnerships with service clubs such as Rotary, Lions, Zonta and others to harness any synergies on this project. These might be making or repairing the toys, staffing of the toy library or anything that brings our local communities closer together in the spirit of learning, teaching and having fun.”
Clr. Abrahimzadeh took the proposal to Council at its meeting on Tuesday 13 April which was supported unanimously.