The Library of Things is a new offering from Spokane Public Library connecting customers with non-traditional library items! This is a growing list, so check back often or suggest an addition to the collection.

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Energy Efficiency Kit

Want to figure out just how much that extra fridge in the garage costs you? Simply plug an appliance into the Kill-A-Watt meter and it will assess the efficiency for you. The large LCD will display the power consumption by the kilowatt-hour (kWh. By monitoring your kWh usage for a particular appliance and then multiplying it by your electric rate (which you can find at avistautilities.com) you can estimate your electric expense by the day, week, month or year.

Microscope

Take a closer look at the world around you. This kit includes 25 prepared slides including a Pine Leave, Onion Epidermis, Dog skeletal muscle, a honeybee worker leg-composite and more!

Ozobot Bit

Learn to code with this tiny programmable robot. Suitable for all skill levels – from kids (6 and up) with no formal engineering training to certified Engineers.

Laser Tag Set

 

MUSIC

Ukulele

Easy to play and portable, the ukulele has been experiencing a recent surge in popularity. People from the likes of Warren Buffet to Eddie Vedder have been exploring the joys of the ukulele. Join the trend and check one out today! While you’re at it, check out some books/DVD/CDs on your new hobby like Ukulele for Dummies | Play Ukulele Today | The Ukulele: A Visual History or download some free ukulele songs from Freegal for inspiration. Here are a couple to get you started: Moonlight by Grace VanderWaal or the Into the Wild soundtrack by Eddie Vedder.

Toca Bongos

Tap out a catchy beat on your own (temporary) set of bongos!

Acoustic Guitar

Playing the guitar can reduce stress and improve your brain power!

Fender Squier Bronco Bass

“Without the Fender bass, there’d be no rock n’ roll or no Motown.” – Quincy Jones

Electric Acoustic Guitar

Electric Guitar

 

HOUSEHOLD

Sewing Machines

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION KITS

Microphone Boom

Tripod

Video Production bag

Wireless Microphones

Budding cinematographers and directors take note, check out a full video production kit and get started on that award-winning film today.

 

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Snowshoes

Checkout Washington Backpack + Discover Pass
Explore the great outdoors with a backpack full of the essentials for a day-hike in nature. A pair of binoculars, field guides maps and a Washington State Discover pass. Just bring your own snacks and water and enjoy access to our beautiful state lands.

GPS

The Garmin eTrex Vista HCx is a high sensitivity GPS receiver for peak performance in any environment. It includes a barometric altimeter and electronic compass, built-in base map with automatic routing capability.

Compass

If a GPS is too high tech, go old-school and check out a handheld compass.

Telescope

Get a closer look at the sky above with one mounted 23-inch long telescope set!

 

MUSEUM PASSES

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

Cardholders can check out a digital family pass for one day’s admission to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). The MAC passes will admit two adults and up to four children. Two digital passes are available daily and can be reserved up to 30 days in advance. Passes may be reserved here with a library card number and PIN.

 

GARDENING

Seed Library

There are Seed Libraries at Hillyard, Shadle and Indian Trail that feature hundreds of seeds available for “check out.”

Garden Tools

Plant your seeds from the seed library using garden tools from the library including a hula-ho weeder, collinear hoe, midwest rake, weeding rakes, pruning shears, and more.

 

IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY

3-D Printer

 

 

Suggest an item for the Library of Things. (Log in with your library card + PIN, then select Other)