Help us create a "Library of Things"

Sacramento Public Library is launching a “Library of Things” – a collection of items that can be checked out or used in the library: from tools to badminton rackets to 3D scanners.

The “Library of Things” will be housed at the Arcade Library. This round of voting focuses on Arts and Innovation—from now until February 10th, submit your “thing” ideas and vote for which items you’d like your library to offer. The items that get the most votes, and the Library can feasibly provide (the total budget is $3,900 for this category amongst other concerns), will be purchased for use by the community.

Arts and Innovation is a little vague—by design. This is your chance to get really creative with suggestions.
Have fun!

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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  1. Artifacts for the classroom

    such as a butter churn, a World War II gas mask, an early-model typewriter, a set of telephones (e.g., very early model and a princess dial phone), a hoop skirt/petticoat, a top hat...things that would illustrate life in earlier times. Maybe grouped as kits, with reading suggestions - WWII in a kit, Civil War in a box, pioneer life in a bag.

    34 votes
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    • 13 votes
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      • Art projector

        To enlarge art, maps, etc.

        7 votes
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        • A camping kit

          Borrow a portable stove, some propane lanterns, some flatware and pans, a tent and maybe a couple of scary ghost stories for your campout needs. Use in your backyard or in the Sierras!

          27 votes
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          • A Scrapbook

            Every time that someone checks out the scrapbook, they get to add a photo, ticket stub, quote, or other reminder of what they did, eventually culminating in a community scrapbook full of fun memories about where we live and what we do as a community.

            8 votes
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            • Gardening Kit

              Would include a how-to guide, seeds, and information about what you can grow!

              8 votes
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              • Karaoke Machine

                A Karaoke Machine that could be used for kids' parties, or even just for a family to practice singing together. Include information on how parents can keep up with music in the home even after the machine has been returned.

                7 votes
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                • craft tools

                  Certain craft tools, such as sewing machines or sergers, where someone may want to try it out but may not be able to spend the large sum to buy the correct equipment.

                  17 votes
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                  • Unicycle

                    Would include instructions on how to ride it....because who hasn't wanted to try it?

                    7 votes
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                    • Bikes

                      Borrow a bike. A whole bike.

                      13 votes
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                      • A mobile party kit

                        A portable dance floor, a DJ board and a sound system, some lights and a mike. All together in one kit you borrow. Planning a wedding and don't want to hire a DJ? Anniversary Party? A school want to plan a prom on the cheap?

                        Portable Dance Floor (would need a couple of modules): http://www.amazon.com/Interlocking-Modular-Grid-Loc-Dance-Tiles/dp/B009ADB9US/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421362481&sr=8-1&keywords=portable+dance+floor

                        Here is an example DJ board: http://www.amazon.com/Hercules-DJ-Control-Instinct-Controller/dp/B0087DTP9O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421362641&sr=8-1&keywords=dj+mixing+board

                        Could be expanded in years to come if more funds are available - get tables and linens in a little trailer you check out.

                        18 votes
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                        • Smartphones with Prepaid Apps

                          In-library use only, programmed with educational apps that normally cost the public money. Would definitely help middle to high school students who have less access to newer technology, especially as schools are beginning to include the use of educational apps in public education

                          2 votes
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                          • - A library of Living Books

                            There are libraries around the world where you can check-out humans as a living book and listen to their stories.

                            12 votes
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                            • A wooden wind instrument called a "Recorder" with directions on how to learn to play

                              This is a great introduction to wood wind instruments and people of all ages are able to be successful musicians!!

                              2 votes
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                              • an air compressor

                                Used to make t-shirt art or signs or auto-decals or murals. For some more information on what an air compressor can do:

                                http://www.arttalk.com/iwata/best_airbrush_&_compressor_intro.htm

                                7 votes
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                                • Kreg Jig Master System

                                  The K4 Master System wraps all the versatility and ease-of-use of pocket hole joinery into one simple, intuitive jig. It is a woodworking tool that is used with a hand held drill to create pocket holes when building furniture and other projects. It is extremely helpful to the occasional DIY builder.

                                  1 vote
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                                  • 2 votes
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                                    • 1 vote
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                                      • Quilting hoop on stand

                                        Learn how relaxing and easy hand quilting is.

                                        1 vote
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                                        • CARD BOARD GAMES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

                                          CARD BOARD GAMES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

                                          80 votes
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