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Instant Pot, canning equipment, tools and more offered to library card holders

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - At the Sandy Public Library you can now check out items like an Instant Pot, a radon detector, tools, musical instruments, canning equipment and more, just like you'd check out a book with your library card.Over the years, bibliophiles of Sandy have delighted as the Sandy Public Library accumulated more and more books. But recently, Sandy became home to a new library of things.

Clackamas County Waste Management approached the Libraries in Clackamas County Innovation Committee (LINCC) last August with the idea of a library of things, and the Innovation Committee began researching how to implement the collections in area libraries. The main motivation of the collections is to reduce waste.

"Ultimately we feel like it brings the community together and it's a sustainability issue," said Sandy Library Director Sarah McIntyre. "With the library, you can try products out before you buy them. This is a benefit to the city that really came from our unincorporated areas."

McIntyre explained that the grant money doled out for the project from Clackamas County Waste Management was based on the customer base of the libraries.

Hoodland Public Library, an affiliate of Sandy Public Library, also now has a smaller collection of items for check out.

"We'll probably plan some library programming around purchases for the library of things," Assistant Library Director Chris Wilhelmi said. "This might bring people into the library and then they'll see what else we have to offer."

Sandy's library of things contains about 35 items at the moment and is projected to grow to about 100 items. Hoodland currently has 15 products available with a goal of 30.

At Sandy's library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., you can now check out items like an Instant Pot, a radon detector, tools, musical instruments, canning equipment and more, just like you'd check out a book with your library card. You can use that item for one week before you have to return it. Items can also be put on hold but held products must be picked up from and returned to the same library.

"It's cost saving and useful," Library Assistant Thea Ellen said. "It's beyond the purchasing of every item. (With things like the dehydrator) it's helping save things at home."

"Hopefully people check out games and go home and play them with their families," McIntyre added. "I hope it brings people together."


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