Friday, January 29, 2010

Unexpected Stuff You Can Borrow from the Library

If you thought you could only check out books, music and movies from your local branch, think again. Here's a list of unusual items some libraries around the country have in store:

Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA
- Tool Lending Library with over 750 different types of tools...demolition hammers included

Pasco County Library System, Hudson, FL
- Toy collection designed especially for physically-challenged children

St. Joseph County Public Library, South Bend, IN
- Copies of artwork you can hang up in your home or office for up to three weeks
- iPods
- Passes for up to six people to local museums

Urbandale Public Library, Urbandale, IA
- Novelty cake pans

Rochester Hills Public Library, Rochester, MI
- Video game collection with more than 2200 games and video game accessories

Central Mississippi Regional Library System, Brandon, MS
- Book club kits with 10+ books, author bio, discussion questions, maps and pictures
- Scrapbooking kit with die cutter and dies, stencils, punches, scissors, instructional books and videos
- Karaoke machine with various discs including holiday and kids songs
- Laptop

Jackson-George Regional Library System, Pascagoula, MS
- Car seats

Lewisboro Library, South Salem, NY
- Fishing poles and tackle boxes

Arlington Public Library, Arlington County, VA
- Instant Book Club Kits with several copies of the same title, a reader's guide and a tote bag

Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach, VA
- False Cape State Park nature backpacks with bug/dip net, magnifying glass, binoculars, nature journal and sketchbook, viewing jar with tweezers, resource folder, pen and fine point marker

King County Library System, Issaquah, WA
- Online database for music you can download and enjoy for three weeks
- Downloadable books and audiobooks

Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire, WI
- Kodak slide carousel
- Dutch costume sewing patterns
- Ukranian egg decorating kits

20 comments :

  1. That is just amazing! I am from Iowa so we dont have anything near that exciting - just the regulars but great ideas!

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  2. Oh cool. I wonder what my library might have hidden away under the librarian's desk for loans?

    I know the one down the shore has kid stuff you can take to the beach, like plastic bucket and shovels.

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  3. sweet harvey, goodness, I forgot a whole section! Just added Indiana and Iowa. They have some fun things too!

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  4. Holy cow! My library now officially sucks. I want to to got he one in South Bend!

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  5. "Instant Book Club Kits with several copies of the same title, a reader's guide and a tote bag." is my favorite!!! Come on NYPL, step it up.

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  6. Even more reasons why I love the library!!

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  7. That South Bend branch sounds really cool.

    I think the Book Club kits are a fantastic idea. In fact, I think even bookstores should think about doing that.

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  8. Who knew! I'll have to check out our local library to see what they offer!

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  9. I like the idea of novelty cake pans! If they had something else to lend in our libraries, it would probably be hunting rifles or beer pong tables.

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  10. My husband would love that library in Rochester, MI.

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  11. novelty cake pans....wonder whose idea was that?

    That's different.

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  12. That's too fun. I love libraries!

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  13. I really need to start back reading books, again!

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  14. Hmm, wonder if mine have anything out of the ordinary and useful.

    Thanks for the list. My mom enjoyed it, too :P

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  15. That's hilarious; I'm not sure which of those is my favorite, but the fishing equipment is pretty entertaining. As is the karaoke. As is... pretty much all of it.

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  16. haha these were funny. the only one i've heard of before is the cake pans

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  17. Hi! At the Virginia Beach Public Library, you can also check out other interesting things: Storytime To Go bagpacks, downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, and oversized and coffee table books.

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  18. I've never heard of any libraries loaning stuff like that out. Makes me wonder what my library has...

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  19. Thanks for including the Urbandale Public Library in your list! We also loan out some of the other stuff--book club kits, video games, and even a telescope and puppets! It's always great to make people more aware of the fun stuff their public library has to offer.

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