People might think of a library as a place to borrow books, music and videos, but offerings in Estacada will soon expand beyond these categories.
The Estacada Public Library is one of several in Clackamas County to form a Library of Things, which will connect patrons with items for everything from baking and crafting to music and outdoor activities. The new collection will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 23.
Similar programs will launch at the Canby, Hoodland, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sandy, West Linn and Wilsonville libraries.
Funding for the project came from the Clackamas County Sustainability and Solid Waste, and Estacada received $5,339.60.
"Clackamas County Sustainability and Solid Waste is committed to the adoption of sustainable practices, including reducing waste and promoting reuse within Clackamas County," said Sarah Hibbert, circulation manager for the Estacada Public Library. "Library of Things is a creative and fun way to promote the idea of less waste through shared resources and encourages people to be mindful consumers."
Items in Estacada's Library of Things include an air fryer, bird watching kit, bicycle repair kit, bubble machine, drill kit, fly fishing kit, fondue fountain, fondue pot, instant camera, laser level, panini grill, pizzelle press, waffle maker, sewing tools, Springform pan, vacuum sealer, wood stamp kit, ukelele and machine that can create greeting cards and home decor.
The Estacada Public Library hosted a survey about what patrons would like to see in the Library of Things from January through March of this year. The highest voted categories were outdoors and recreation.
Those who have a library card in Clackamas County will be able to check out items from any of the participating libraries, though they will not be able to have items sent to their home libraries.
Staff at the library are eager to connect community members with the new program.
"The Library of Things collection will give our patrons access to rarely used household items, the ability to try before you buy, and explore topics of personal interest where money, space, or other issues may hinder a person's ability to do so," Hibbert said.
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