We are back from the New England Library Association/New Hampshire Library Association joint conference that was held in Manchester Sunday through Tuesday.
Yesterday, many staff members attended a presentation titled, "Circulating Unusual Items." It was thoroughly enjoyable 75 minutes as we learned about the variety of items available for check-out at libraries around New England. We discovered libraries are loaning such items as selfie sticks, space binoculars, and stud finders (stud: the construction kind, not the date kind).
We have a number of unusual items, too, here at the Nesmith Library. Perhaps you didn't know we had these for adults and teens:
Kill A Watt Energy Detector. [KIT 333.793 KIL]
Learn Crochet. [YA KIT 746.434 LEA]
Loom Knitting Primer. [KIT 746.432 PHE]
Microscope Activity. [YA KIT 502.82 MIC]
Quilt Display Stand. [EQUIPMENT 746.46 QUI] (Photography background stand.)
Sock Loom: Knit Your Own Socks! [KIT 746.432 SOC]
The staff was inspired by the presentation yesterday and we're considering adding more "unusual items" to our collection. What would you like to see us offer? A metal detector? Engraving pen (to add your name to your possessions or for an art project)? Sewing machine? Soil test kit? Let us know!