Girls playing with Dash the robot

Check Out Some “Thing” New

I will venture a guess that there are very few readers of this blog who are not avid library users. So, you know all about the huge selection of books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, magazines and video games we offer. Likely you are aware of our downloadable media collections: hoopla and OverDrive e-books, e-audiobooks, and video; Freegal streaming music and downloads you can keep; Flipster downloadable magazines; and Freading always-available e-books.

Underwater photo taken with GoPro camera.

Underwater photo taken with GoPro camera.

Maybe you’ve also heard about some of the databases and services you can access online with your library card. We offer premiere online learning from Lynda.comreaders-corner personal reading suggestions and genre guides; NoveList readers’ research database; the Auto Repair Reference Center; residential and business contact information, employment research and marketing databases from AtoZ and ReferenceUSA; Pronunciator language courses; Consumer Reports magazine database; HeritageQuest genealogy service and other genealogical resources; local history information; and oh yes, so much more.

Girl With a Pearl Earring art print.

Girl With a Pearl Earring art print.

Now for some “things” you may not know. There is a growing trend in public libraries to provide things you might want to try out before purchasing, or simply borrow instead of having to buy. L.E. Phillips Memorial Public library has offered some unexpected things for many years, and we are adding more all the time:

  • Art prints to hang on your wall.
  • Bike locks, available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Check Out desk.
  • Energy meters to measure how much energy your appliances use.
  • iPad Air tablets.
  • Nature backpacks, with tools, games and books to explore the outdoors.
  • Themed story kits, with books, props and toys to help kids learn through play.
  • Wi-Fi hotspots that connect your devices to the Internet.

Since the opening of our Dabble Box makerspace last year, we have started to loan out kits and equipment for people to explore technology, the arts, and DIY projects. You can now borrow:

Nature backpack.

Nature backpack.

Yamaha keyboard.

Yamaha keyboard.

In 2018, the Dabble Box will be offering even more maker kits, so stay tuned! If you have a question about any “thing,” or a suggestion for new kits, leave a comment, email us at librarian@eauclaire.lib.wi.us or call 715-839-5004.