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Play time: At the Wakatipu Toy Library's new Queenstown Events Centre premises are, from left, chairwoman Sarah Fredric with Otto Smart, three months; treasurer Jenni Karivnen with Mikayla Robinson, two months; Anika Robinson, two; and committee member Stacey Robinson

By GUY WILLIAMS

After an eight-month hiatus, the Wakatipu Toy Library’s back up and running in a prime Frankton location.

Chairwoman Sarah Fredric says the library lost its home of 17 years, at Queenstown’s former campground store at Lakeview, when it had to move out last November to make way for the area’s redevelopment.

‘‘We were searching for a site for ages, and then the council offered this one.’’

Next to the tennis courts at the Queenstown Events Centre, it’s more convenient for families living in the suburbs, Fredric says.

But they still needed a building, so using grants totalling $25,000 from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust South and The Southern Trust, the committee bought a used portacom from a rental car company.

Their own fundraising efforts made up the balance of the costs of the move, and Mitre 10 Mega Queenstown helped out with big discounts for materials to fit out the building, such
as new shelving.

It reopened in July, but had its first open day since the move yesterday.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz