Our Library of Things collection has grown quite a bit in the last year and we’re looking forward to bringing our patrons even more items in 2020. What is a Library of Things? These are non-traditional items available at the Library that aren’t books, CDs, or movies. Our collection started with Rokus and Wireless Hotspots as well as Discovery Kits focusing on STEAM concepts and hands-on making. Now we have so much more!

Here are just some of our Library of Things items that you may not know about. All of these are available to check out for one week. In addition to these items we have plenty more and new items are being added to the collection every month. If you have any suggestions for new items for the library to purchase please let us know!

  • Portable DVD/CD players. These are perfect for road trips. Check out some good DVDs from us and watch them on a small portable DVD player. This is also a great option for listening to Audio Books on CD. 
  • LED Projector. Connect your phone, computer, or DVD player to one of our LED Projectors and you can watch your movie or show or pictures on a big screen. Perfect for family gatherings or parties. 
  • Inflatable 16 Foot Screen. Perfect for backyard movie showings. It blows up in just a minute or two and you’re ready to go. Check this out along with one of our LED Projectors and you can have a backyard movie party!
  • Golf Pool Indoor Family Game. This game blends miniature golf with billiards. It requires a flat open surface (like a living room floor) for set-up but can offer indoor entertainment on blustery days.
  • Luciana Vega American Girl Doll Discovery Kit. This kit features an American Girl doll, her introductory book, and even a spacesuit!
  • Harry Potter Coding Wand Discovery Kit. Build a Wizarding World-inspired wand and complete over 70 step-by-step challenges in this creative and educational coding kit.
  • Skee Ball. This low-tech version of the popular arcade game can be played solo or with teams. Give it a roll!
  • Metal Detector. Have you ever wanted to be a Detectorist? Search for hidden treasures in your backyard. Remember to ask for permission if you’re searching on someone else’s property. Maybe you can find some ancient artifacts?
  • NES, SNES, and Playstation Classic. These game systems feature classic games from the past. Each one is loaded with dozens of games that will bring back memories. Just plug it into your TV and you’re ready to go!
  • Karaoke System. Everything you need to have a Karaoke party at home! Perfect for parties and the family to have fun with. 
  • Giant Jenga. Why play normal Jenga when you can play Giant Jenga?! Stacks to about five feet tall. Ages 12+. Includes carrying case. Warning, this item is heavy to carry but it’s so much fun!
  • LEGO. You can now check out a number of different LEGO kits. We have city kits from Chicago, London, and Paris. An architecture studio kit and a serious play kit. Many of these kits have books accompanying them with designs and plans for different things to build. 
  • Star Wars Drones. These drones are super easy to learn how to use and fly. Check out two of them and you can have your very own Star Wars battle in your back yard.

Coming soon in 2020

  • Ghost Hunting Kit. Do you hear strange noises in the night? Are you worried that your home might be haunted? You’ll soon be able to check out our Ghost Hunting Kit and find out for yourself! Includes all the instructions and gadgets you need to go on a Ghost hunting expedition. 
  • GPS Unit. This is a GPS unit designed for hiking, fishing, and outdoor adventures. You’ll never get lost if you use this device.
  • Brio Railways Set. Bring a piece of the Library’s Preschool Pavilion home with you by borrowing this action-packed wooden train set.
  • Braille Discovery Kit. This kit includes books, flashcards, and blocks on top of other accessible and educational Braille resources. 
  • Fort Building Discovery Kit. Level-up your fort-building skills with this kit that includes weights, lightweight fort-building tarps, and a storybook.

These are just a few of the “things” in our collection and coming to the Library. Browse our catalog to see what other “things” you can check out!

Contributions to this blog post made by Elisa and Julia