Library of Things

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Binoculars

Do a little bird watching withe a set of binoculars. Available at all branches.

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Fishing Pole

Get outside this summer and get back to nature. Check out a fishing pole at the Arnold and Windsor Branches. The fishing poles at the Arnold Branch are courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks

Try your hand at knitting or crocheting. The Arnold and Northwest Branches have several sets in various sizes.

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Seed Library

"Check out" packets of seeds at the Arnold Branch or Windsor Branch throughout spring and summer to grow herbs, flowers and vegetables. Save your seeds when possible to donate back in autumn. Seeds are available through generous donations from seed companies. Limited to ten packets per customer.

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Book Club Tote

We've loaded totes with multiple copies of the same book for your convenience. Now your book club does not have to scramble to find your next read. Available at the Arnold and Northwest Branches.


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Glockenspiel

Explore your German heritage and learn how to play a Foldable Glockenspiel Xylophone Vibraphone Percussion Instrument. Available at the Northwest Branch.

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Lap Harp

Learn how to play the lap harp. The Northwest Branch has one for adults and one made for children. Each kit comes with sheet music.

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Sewing Machine

Repair your damaged clothes or create a handmade craft using the sewing machines available at the Arnold Branch.

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Business Kit

Learn about social media marketing and more with a business kit from the Northwest Branch! Contact the reference desk for more information.

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Guitar

Teach yourself how to play the guitar or bring out your inner rock star. Guitar kits are available at the Arnold and Northwest Branches and include everything you need to get started.

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Leak Detector

Save money on your energy bills by spotting air drafts with this Thermal Leak Detector (good for windows and doors). Available at the Northwest Branch.

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Telescope

Explore the night sky with the Orion Starblast Telescope. Each branch has two available for check out.

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Cookware

Save money by borrowing a character shaped cake pan, candy mold, or cookie cutters for your next special event. Browse the collection at the Northwest Branch.

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Health Kit

We have a variety of health kits to check out. Each kit focuses on a theme such as diabetes or pregnancy and include books, DVDs and equipment to assist you on your healthy journey. The Northwest Branch has just added (November 2019) a few new kits including one on Alzheimer's.

Mobility Tools

Provided by funding from Jefferson County Health Department, the Northwest Branch has added items to help keep you active when you are dealing with a temporary mobility issue. Items include canes, walkers, knee bench, and crutches.

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Tie-brary

When you have a job interview and need a tie to look more professional, borrow one from the Northwest Branch. Selection varies.

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Practice Drum Pad

Teach yourself how to play the drums in a way that your neighbors will approve. Kits are available at the Northwest Branch and include everything you need to get started.

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Kalimba

Also known as a Thumb Piano, this small but beautiful instrument makes wonderful music - just move your thumbs to get started. Available at the Northwest Branch.

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Parenting Kits

We've loaded totes with materials of interest to parents. Kits may include books, DVDs, games and other hands on materials. Available at all branches.

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Ukulele

Kits are available at the Arnold and Northwest Branches and include everything you need to get started.

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Film Converter

Supports 8 film types. Converts 135 (35mm), 110, 126, 127 Kodak Pocket, 8 mm/Super 8 film, library film and APS to digital in seconds to internal memory or optional SD/SDHC cards. Available at the Arnold and Northwest Branches.

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Kill A Watt Meter

Save money on energy your energy bills by checking the energy consumption of old appliances. Available at the Northwest Branch.

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Puzzles

For indoor entertainment, borrow a puzzle from the Arnold Branch. Take your time with it and return the puzzle when it's convenient to you.

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Wifi Hot Spot

Mobile Beacon's R190 Mobile Wi-Fi can connect up to 10 devices on its network. Service based on Sprint network; speeds will vary.

Available at the Northwest and Windsor Branches.

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S.A.D. Lamps

Light therapy lamps are used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder by mimicking outdoor natural light. In late fall and winter we experience fewer hours of sunlight and more cloud cover each day. This can negatively affect individuals by causing an increase in sleeping, a decrease in overall energy level, and/or general feelings of sadness. Over time, light therapy has been shown to work for many people with S.A.D. by boosting their energy and elevating their mood.

Available at the Northwest Branch.