Library of Things

We offer a number of Things for checkout--WiFi hotspots, Kindles preloaded with popular titles, memory kits, energy meters, and yard games. Call us at (608) 849-4217 to check availability or place a hold*.

*Yard Games and Winter Fun items are not available for holds

Have a suggestion for another yard game, memory kit topic, or other 'thing' that you'd like to be able to borrow? Fill out the suggestion form, found here!

 

Wi-Fi Hotspot

Wi-Fi Hotspots can be checked out and used to connect a device (laptop, cell phone, tablet, etc...) to the internet. Read the full Wi-Fi Hotspot Policy and Guidelines here. Checkout period: 1 week, must be 16 or older to borrow.

Meta Quest 2

Try virtual reality with a Meta Quest 2 headset. These headsets are pre-loaded with four games: Beat Saber, Job Simulator, Tetris Effect: Connected, and Walkabout Mini Golf. Kits provided by Field Day Learning Games, Virtual Environments Group (Wisconsin Institue for Discovery), Wisconsin Center for Education Research (UW-Madison), and National Science Foundation. Project support by the Library Services Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Checkout period: 1 week, must be 16 or older to borrow.

Kindles

We offer several Kindle Paperwhite e-readers loaded with popular titles. We also have a Kindle Fire tablet loaded with movies and connected to Amazon Prime content. Checkout period: 2 weeks.

Energy Meter

Borrow a portable energy meter from MG&E to determine appliance energy consumption. Checkout period: 2 weeks.

Memory Kit

Memory kits are themed collections of books and activities to help those living with memory loss connect through favorite topics, crafts, or games and can help spark conversations and memories. Checkout period: 2 weeks.

  • Early Stage Memory Loss: America, Nature, Midwestern Life, The 40s and 50s
  • Mid/Late Stage Memory Loss: Gardening, Music, The 1960s

Yard Games

We offer dozens of games to borrow for your summer gatherings, tailgate party, or everyday fun! Checkout period: 1 week, no holds allowed.

  • Bocce Ball
  • Cornhole (PVC or Wooden)
  • Croquet
  • Disc Golf
  • Flickin Chicken
  • Giant Checkers
  • Giant Dice
  • Giant Jenga
  • Jazzminton
  • Kan Jam
  • Kubb
  • Ladder Toss
  • Lawn Darts
  • Lawn Dominoes
  • Pickleball (Sets of 2 or 4 paddles)
  • Ring Toss
  • Scatter (Molkky)
  • Scoop Ball
  • Slammo (Spikeball)

Winter Fun Kits

Make the most of the snow with these winter fun kits! Checkout period: 2 weeks, no holds allowed.  

  • Snowshoes (Adult and Child sizes)
  • Sleds (saucers, mini toboggan)
  • Snow fort kit
  • Snowy fun kit

WI State Park Pass

This program allows library cardholders to check out a state park and daily forest vehicle admission pass from participating libraries. Stop by the desk at the lobby to pick up a pass for the day! Check Out Wisconsin State Parks At Your Library is a collaborative effort between the DNR, the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.