Library of Things Logo Color.jpgWelcome to the Library of Things!

 

A Library of Things is a collection of non-traditional items that a library makes available for their community to borrow and use at home or in the library. Here at the JKPL we are excited to offer a variety of things from kitchen gadets, sports equipment, building blocks, games, educational items, and electronic equipment.  Just to name a few!

 

Who Can Use?

Items in the Library of Things (LoT) are classified as either Regular or Specialty. 

Regular Things:

  • Include items such as building blocks, LEGOs, Magna-tiles, and games.
  • Most of these items are located on the bottom shelf of the children’s area adjacent to the Creation Station.
  • Any patron is welcome to check these out.

 

 

Specialty Things:

  • These Things are fragile, expensive, and/or designed for use by individuals of a certain maturity level.
  • These include (but are not limited to) costumes, kitchen items, and electronic items.
  • Specialty Things may only be checked out by full-service patrons who are over the age of 18 and have a library card in good standing. 
  • These Specialty Things are stored in a secure location so patrons wishing to check them out will bring a “dummy” (representing the Thing) to the circulation desk and staff with fetch the item for them.
  • The dummies are shelved at the beginning of the audiobook section of the library. 

 

How Long Can I Borrow It?

Check out periods for most things in the LoT are 1 week. Things can be renewed if no one is waiting for them.

 

What Do We Have? 

This list is not exhaustive as things are routinely being added and removed.  For more information, please contact the library.

Arts/Crafts:

  • Crochet kit
  • Scrapbooking punch sets
  • Spirograph

Blocks/Games:

  • LEGOs
  • Bristle Blocks
  • Magna-tiles
  • Magna-formas
  • Grippies
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Tegu wooden blocks
  • Tinkertoys
  • Zoob
  • Giant Tic Tac Toe
  • Giant Twister
  • JKPL Memory Game

Costumes:

  • Santa Claus
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Cat in the Hat
  • LEGO Man
  • LEGO Brick (yellow and blue)
  • Mad Scientist

Electronics:

  1. Battery Testers
  2. Kill-O-Watt meters
  3. DVD player, portable
  4. Karaoke machine
  5. Snap Circuits

Kitchen:

  • Air fryer
  • Instant Pot
  • Belgian waffle maker
  • Induction cooktop burner
  • Ice cream/sorbet/frozen yogurt maker
  • Canning kit
  • Popcorn maker
  • Convection oven

Robots:

  • Cubelets

 Science:

  • Telescope
  • Microscope

Sports Equipment:

  • Fishing rod and reel

Tools:

  • Dremel