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16th International Toy Library Conference

3-7 March 2023 Melbourne, Australia

Arrow on Swanston, 488 Swanston St, Melbourne, Australia

Why come to conference?

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AMY, Australia

"It was amazing to attend the ITLA conference in 2017. It’s always so uplifting to spend time with people who are passionate about toy libraries and it really clarified for me what our toy library could become”

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MONICA, South Africa

I leave ITLA's International Toy Library conferences inspired and more convinced than ever that every child and every family in the world must have a toy library within their reach. I take away new ideas, but most of all I get to know others who share my passion

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JANA, New Zealand

I came from New Zealand to Australia to visit other toy libraries and learn from them. It was very inspiring, great to see how others operate and even better to hang out with lots of other toy librarians and people passionate about what we are all about!

Our program

Theme: Community at play

At the conference we will explore the role of toy libraries in encouraging playful communities including:

Growing your toy library community

Environmentally sustainable toy libraries

Toy libraries supporting child development through play

Toy libraries in the community

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Friday 3 March, 7-9pm

WELCOME TO COUNTRY AND
OPENING CEREMONY

Aboriginal Elders from the Wurundjeri People will welcome us onto their land and perform a Smoking Ceremony to cleanse the space, allow peace, and recognise the importance of the conference.

The conference's opening ceremony will follow.

Saturday 4 March, 9am-4pm

GUEST SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOPS

Learn more about the world of toy libraries and play through presentations by expert speakers and smaller group workshops led by toy librarians from around the world, as well as playful hands-on activities

Evening social event: Dinner and
Awards Presentation at Captain Melville

Sunday 5 March, 9am-4pm

EXCURSIONS

Melbourne has over 50 toy libraries for us to visit. Some excursions will focus on the broad range of exceptional early years services in Melbourne, while other tours will focus on volunteer-run toy libraries.

Evening social event: Barefoot bowls and spit roast dinner (with vege options)

Monday 6 March, 9am-4pm

GUEST SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOPS

Explore the role of toy libraries in building strong and resilient communities and supporting an environmentally sustainable future.

Early evening social event: Indigenous landscapes or Street art and graffiti walking tour (1.5 hours)

TRANSLATION

Translation services may be provided at an additional cost if there is sufficient demand. Please email us to discuss this further.

 

Tuesday 7 March, 9am-4pm

VISIT THE AUSTRALIAN TOY FAIR

Guest speakers

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Robyn Monro Miller

President, International Play Association

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Scott Miller 

CEO, Volunteering Victoria

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Dr Melissa Rogerson  

University of Melbourne

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Bluey

Blue Heeler,
ABC & Disney+

VENUE

Arrow on Swanston

488 Swanston St, Carlton, VIC 3053

 

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