Library of Things

Technology & Equipment

Mobile Hot Spots
No internet at home? Traveling and need access to the internet? Check out one of our Hot Spots. We have seven available for one-week checkout to Cary Area Library cardholders age 18+.They are holdable and renewable once if there are no holds pending. Visit the Service Center to ask for a kit to checkout.

GoPros
We have two GoPro cameras (a Hero Session and a Hero 5 Session) available for one-week checkout to Cary Area Library cardholders who are age 18+. The waterproof kits include a mounting bracket, head strap, handler and a 32GB micro SD card. Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds. Visit the Service Center to ask for a kit to checkout.

FlipPal Mobile Scanner
We have a FlipPal Mobile Scanner available for one-week checkout to Cary Area Library cardholders who are age 18+. One renewal is available if there are no pending holds. Included in the case are a 4GB SD card to save your scans to, a USB adaptor, a cleaning cloth, and an instruction sheet.

Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner – New!
Convert your negatives and slides to digital format. The scanner is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders ages 18+. One renewal is available if no holds are pending. Included with the kit are negative and slide adapters, an SD card, AV cable, USB cable, HDMI cable, audio cable, power cable and instruction booklet.

Podcast Kit – New!
Thinking of starting a podcast, but want to see what it actually involves? Checkout our Podcast Kit, available for one-week loan to CAPL cardholders. One renewal is available if no holds are pending. Included in the kit are a microphone, tripod, mounting bracket, headphones, headphone jack, connector, instruction booklet, and a Podcasting for Dummies book.

Projector
We have a projector available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+. The kit includes a remote control, S Video cable, VGA cable, power supply, and carrying case. Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds.

VHS to DVD Transfer Equipment
The unit is for in-Library use only, and to use the equipment you must reserve a Study Room. There are instructions included and a VHS-C adapter is available to use. Please note: you must bring your own DVD-R or DVD-RW discs to use with the unit (DVD+R and DVD+RW discs are not supported).


STEM

3D Printing Pens
We have four 3D printing pens available for one-week checkout to Cary Area Library cardholders who are age 18+ (for safety reasons). The kits include instructions and supplies to complete projects that change seasonally. Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds. Visit the Service Center to ask for a kit to checkout.

Ozobots
We have an Ozobot starter kit available for one-week checkout to Cary Area Library cardholders who are age 18+. Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds. Visit the Service Center to ask for a kit to checkout.

Sphero SPRK+
We have two Sphero SPRK+ kits available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders. Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds. Visit the Service Center to check one out.

Virtual Reality Glasses
We have two pairs of Merge VR glasses available for one-week checkout to Cary Area Library cardholders. The glasses are recommended for ages 10+ and are compatible with most recent Android and iOS devices (which are not supplied by us). Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if no holds are pending. Visit the Service Center to ask for a pair to checkout.

Wired for Science Kits
Our various STEM kits include supplies and experiment guides. Kits are limited to 3 per family, available for three-week checkout, holdable, and renewable once if no holds are pending.


Crafting & Woodworking Tools

AccuQuilt Cutter
We have an AccuQuilt cutter available for one-week checkout to Cary Area cardholders age 18+. Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no holds pending. It is circulated in a wheeled suitcase for convenience and to protect the cutter. We also have an in-house AccuQuilt cutter which you may schedule an appointment with staff to use.

AccuQuilt Die Cuts
We have several die cuts available for one-week checkout to Cary Area cardholders. Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no holds pending. Kits are located on shelving across from the public copier.

Crochet Hooks, Knitting Needles, and Knitting Looms
We have multiple needle crafting tools available for three-week checkout. View the sizes and availability of the crochet hooks; view the sizes and availability of the needles; view the sizes and availability of the knitting looms. Kits are located on shelving across from the public copier.

Wood Burning and Soldering Iron Kit
We have a Wood Burning and Soldering Iron available for one-week checkout to Cary Area Library cardholders who are age 18+ (for safety reasons). The kit includes 27 various wood burning tips, five soldering tips, two stencils, and an instruction booklet. Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds. Visit the Service Center to checkout.

Wood Carving Set
We have an 18-piece wood carving set available for three-week checkout to Cary Area Library cardholders who are age 18+ (for safety reasons). Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds. Visit the Service Center to checkout.

Wood Chisel Set
We have an eight-piece wood chisel set available for three-week checkout to Cary Area cardholders who are age 18+ (for safety reasons). Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds. Visit the Service Center to ask for the set to checkout.

Rotary Multitool
We now have a rotary multitool available for check out to CAPL cardholders age 18+ for three weeks. It is renewable once if there are no pending holds. Visit the Service Center to check them out.


Great Outdoors

Binoculars
A pair of binoculars is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders. Holds are allowed and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds. Visit the Service Center to ask for the pair to checkout. The pair were donated by McHenry County Audubon.

Fishing Poles
We have fishing poles available for one-week checkout. A small bag of light tackle is also included, which you may keep. There is a limit of five poles per card, an overdue fine of 10ยข per day, and may not be renewed. Buy an Illinois fishing license online or at a local retailer.

Umbrellas
We have three umbrellas available for one-week checkout. Stay dry and protect library materials! They are holdable and renewable if no holds are pending.


Home & Learning

Instant Book Club Bags
If you need a quick and convenient solution for your neighborhood or friend book group, try one of our Instant Book Club Bags. (See the list of available titles.) The bags checkout for six weeks, include 12 paperback copies of the title, a lending checkoff list, discussion questions guide, and some even include recipes related to the themes of the books. Stop by the Service Center if you have any questions or want to check one out.

Kill-A-Watt Meters
We have three meters available for checkout, which you may use to determine the amount of energy usage in your home or office.

Theme Kits
Themed kits for children