Library of Things

Check out our Library of Things.  Literally: check them out!  Our library has a growing collection of non-traditional or unconventional items (called “realia” in library jargon) that you can borrow as you would a book, CD, or DVD.  These items range from board games to cookie cutters to an actual butter churn.  Here are some of the interesting items you can check out from our library:

Board Games

We have so many board games that by the time you read this list we will probably have added more.  Our board games have the same rules for checkout as a regular book: they can be checked out for up to three weeks, and can be renewed up to two times if no one else is waiting for them.

Butter Churn

Our hand-powered butter churn has a glass jar that will churn a maximum of two quarts of cream into approximately 1.5-1.75 lbs. of fresh butter and approximately 1 quart of buttermilk.  It is available to check out, advance reservation only, by patrons with current library cards in good standing.  The circulation period is five days, with initial check-out on a Thursday and check-in the following Tuesday.  Contact 978-468-5577 for more information about borrowing the butter churn.

Cassette Tape Recorder

Our Cassette Tape Recorder is a Sony CFD-S250 Boombox.  Please note: the CD player component of this boombox is broken.  However, it is great for playing and recording audio tape cassettes.  This item can be checked out for up to three weeks at a time, and can be renewed up to two times if no one is waiting for it.

CD Player

Our CD Player is a Jensen’s Portable Stereo CD Player with AM/FM Radio.  It comes with a 3.5mm input, LED track display, and is CD-R/RW compatible.  This item can be checked out for up to three weeks at a time, and can be renewed up to two times if no one is waiting for it.

Code-A-Pillar

Connect segment pieces of the Code-a-pillar and watch each piece light up as he maps out the path you create.  This programmable robot toy can be checked out for up to one week, and can be renewed for an additional week if no one is waiting for it.

Cookie Cutters

Cookie cutters can be checked out for one week and cannot be renewed.  We have several different themed sets of cookie cutters:

Google Virtual Reality Glasses

These virtual reality glasses are also referred to as Google Cardboards or just “cardboards” because they are low-cost headsets literally made out of cardboard!  Use them with a smart phone to navigate 3D environments and presentations through apps like Jump and Expeditions, or just watch some 3D stereoscopic videos on YouTube to get a feel for them.  They can be checked out for one week at a time; no renewals.

Kill-A-Watt

Monitor and project energy costs and find out what your electric devices cost to operate. Our Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitors assess the efficiency of home appliances, enabling you to determine your electrical expense by day/week/month/year, and can be used to evaluate the quality of electrical power from a utility company by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor.  These devices have the same rules for checkout as a regular book: they can be checked out for up to three weeks, and can be renewed up to two times if no one is waiting for them.

Microscope Kits

Our Edu-Toys Handheld Microscope Kits come with microscope, instruction booklet, stand, and one prepared slide.  They can be checked out for up to one week, and can be renewed for an additional week if no one is waiting for them.

Ozobot

Ozobot is a robot that plays with users on paper, game boards and tablets. Enjoy creating colorful patterns while learning robotic behavior, command programming and logical reasoning.  Ozobot can be checked out for up to one week, and can be renewed for an additional week if no one is waiting for it.

Perkins Digital Talking Book Player

We have Perkins Digital Talking Book Players on loan from the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library.  One is Library Use Only, so it is always here for anyone who wants to use it in the library and see how it works.  The other two can be checked out for use or demonstration outside of the library.  Talking Book Players have the same rules for checkout as a regular book: they can be checked out for up to three weeks, and can be renewed up to two times if no one is waiting for them.  Ask staff about sample Talking books that can be used with the Players.

Do you have a disability that prevents you from reading conventional print books?  You may qualify to receive Perkins services, including a Talking Book Player of your own. Qualified persons include anyone unable to read print books due to a disability.  This could be blindness, low vision, dyslexia, arthritis, complications from stroke, etc.  We have applications here in the library.  Call 978-468-5577 and ask to speak with Sarah or Jan for more information.

Projector

Our LCD Projector comes with carrying case, USB cable, power cable, auxiliary cable, remote, and user manual.  It is available to check out, advance reservation only, by patrons with current library cards in good standing.  The circulation period is one week.  Contact 978-468-5577 to check about availability and to set your week for reservation.

SkipDr Disc Repair System

Do you have skippy CDs and DVDs at home?  The SkipDr Disc Repair System fixes scratched discs and repairs dual layer (two-sided) discs as well.  This device has the same rules for checkout as a regular book: it can be checked out for up to three weeks, and can be renewed up to two times if no one is waiting for it.

Slide Film Viewer

Our Pana-Vue 2 Lighted 2×2 Slide Film Viewer allows you to clearly view 35mm slides at a brilliant 2x magnification.  The 2″ square viewing screen allows easy viewing of your memories.  This is a compact viewer designed for hand or table top viewing.  The Slide Film Viewer can be checked out for up to one week, and can be renewed for an additional week if no one is waiting for it.

Snap Circuits

Our electronic Snap Circuits kit comes with real electronic circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Snap Circuits can be checked out for up to one week, and can be renewed for an additional week if no one is waiting for it.

Soil Meter

This Soil Meter is scientifically accurate and easy to read.  No battery or electricity is required: just plug it in the ground and learn when to water and whether your plants are getting adequate light.  Measures soil moisture, pH and light.  (Note: If the soil meter’s pointer does not rotate, your plants are probably very dry and in need of water right now.)  Our soil meter can be checked out for up to one week; no renewals.

Telescope

Our library telescope is an Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope, and it is available to check out, advance reservation only, by patrons with current library cards in good standing.  The circulation period is five days, with initial check-out on a Thursday and check-in the following Tuesday.  Please read our Telescope Lending Program brochure and contact 978-468-5577 for more information about borrowing our library telescope.

Ukulele

The Mahalo Ukulele is a real ukulele and is available for checkout regardless of your level of proficiency with the ukulele in particular or music in general.  Our ukulele can be checked out for up to one week; no renewals.

Zoomy Digital Microscope

Hold the Zoomy Digital Microscope over an object, turn the top to focus, then press the single control button to take videos or still images from 35 to 53x magnification. The Zoomy Digital Microscope can be checked out for up to one week, and can be renewed for an additional week if no one is waiting for it.