Toy Library Association South Africa

Who are we?

The Toy Library Association South Africa (TLASA) is a networking organisation that promotes best practice in the field of toy librarianship in South Africa. We are a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 237-525). This association has been in existence and working under various names since the 1990’s. Read more about our history here.

TLASA hosts quarterly seminars and regular workshops that aid toy librarians in setting up and maintaining quality toy library programmes.

TLASA is administered by a Steering Committee that manages all the functions of the organisation. Our current committee consists of seven members, all working in the field of toy libraries.

TLASA Steering committee photo >>

From left to right: Venessa T’Hart, Annika Savage, Bertha Magoge, Monica Stach, Avrille Gork, Pauline Turusida (previous membership coordinator). Not included: Melody Nyathi

Our team

Monica Stach


Bertha Magoge

Vice chairperson

Vanessa Mentor


Venessa T’Hart


Avrille Gork

World Play Day Coordinator

Melody Nyathi


Annika Savage

Marketing & communications

TLASA’s vision is to have a toy library within every community in South Africa.

ITLA Affiliation

TLASA is a proud National member of the International Toy Library Association (ITLA). Our chairperson also serves on the ITLA committee as their Chairperson. For more information, please visit their website at

Our partners

The Jim Joel Fund is sponsoring the training fees for ten TLASA membership to complete the NVC Toy Library Skills Programme. This accredited, online training is provided by Cotlands Ignite. The sponsored learners commenced training at the beginning of 2021 and will complete the course in 8-10 months.

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