Ten ideas for building “Libraries of Things”

According to an recent article indexed in American Libraries Direct, libraries have been circulating many non-traditional materials in the past few years. Here are the top ten items being circulated successfully:
Games and puzzles; toys and STEM kits; seeds and gardening supplies; tools; sewing and craft supplies; baking and kitchen supplies; musical instruments; sports equipment; camping and outdoor gear and electronics and technology, such as hotspots, tablets and laptops. So check out your local library before you head to the mall to go shopping – you may be able to borrow instead of buy…

This is Why We Need Libraries

Oksana Brui, the president of the Ukrainian Libraries Association has written a beautiful letter to the world’s library community, calling libraries “a strategic weapon” in the war with Russia. She lists the huge impacts that libraries have on people’s lives: “… libraries are places of safety and freedom… educational spaces… power places…” Ukrainian libraries are also providing instruction on caring for injured persons at home, doubling as temporary asylums for homeless civilians and defending cyberspace against the bombardment of misinformation. Please take the time to read her touching letter; it is a bright light shining during this horrible time of war. You can also read more comments in this magazine article.