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Buzz and Paddington Launch ‘My Toy Story’ Display

Buzz Lightyear and Paddington Bear have arrived at Hamworthy Library to help launch a new cabinet display of Poole’s dearly loved toys through the years called ‘My Toy Story’. 
With the help of artist Lucy Jackson, children and families sculpted these life-sized figures during the half term Family Arts Festival as part of Poole libraries programme of free events. 
Centred on the Victoria and Albert’s Museum of Childhood in London, which uses cabinets to house toys through the ages, Hamworthy Library now has its own cabinet ready to fill. If you can bear to be parted from your toy for a week or two, bring it along to the library and if your toy comes with an interesting story to share, that’s even better. 
The display currently houses a beloved toy monkey, who was lost in the Austrian Tyrol and was left lying on a mountain. It was found safely by a kind passer by and was reunited with its delighted four year old owner.
Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Local Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: "When I heard about this initiative it hit a really warm note with me. Most of us have will have fond memories of a toy or two that we were particularly attached to as children and many have a personal story associated with them. The ‘My Toy Story’ display will provide a lovely opportunity for local residents to share their favourite childhood toys with others, whilst telling a fascinating story of toys through the years. This may be geared to capturing the interest of children but I am sure it will attract people from all ages who will enjoy seeing the types of toys they may have long forgotten”. 
All beloved toys are invited to come along to Hamworthy library with their owners and their stories from now until the run up to Christmas. All toys will be returned.
To find out what else is going on in Poole libraries, pick up a ‘What’s On in Poole Libraries’ brochure or download a copy from the website www.poole.gov.uk/libraries.



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