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.

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.  Contact the library to reserve.

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.  More information coming soon!

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 electric devices cost to operate. The Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitor assesses 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.

Microscope Kits

More information coming soon!

Ozobot

More information coming soon!

Slide Film Viewer

The Pana-Vue 2 Lighted 2×2 Slide Film Viewer allows you to clearly view your 35mm slides at a brilliant 2x magnification.  The 2″ square viewing screen allows easy viewing of your memories.  Compact viewer for hand or table top viewing.

Snap Circuits

More information coming soon!

Soil Meter

Measure soil moisture, pH and light by plugging in the probe.  Our 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.  (Note: If the soil meter’s pointer does not rotate, your plants are probably very dry and in need of water right now.)

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.  More information coming soon!

Zoomy Digital Microscope

More information coming soon!