Library of Things

Technology & Equipment

Portable PA SystemNew!
30W Bluetooth indoor/outdoor PA speaker sound system with wireless microphone. Includes FM Radio, USB/SD reader for karaoke, and live performance SD-H2. 10-25 meters stable wireless connection in an open area. The rechargeable battery could provide 5-6 hours non-stop music playing at its largest volume. It is available to CAPL cardholders for one-week. One renewal is available if no holds are pending.

LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Robot New!
The robot kit is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders ages 18+.  The kit includes resources to design, build and program your robotic creation. One renewal is available if ho holds are pending.

Mobile Hot Spots
Hot Spots are available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+. They are renewable once if there are no holds pending.

GoPros
We have two GoPro cameras available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders 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.

Slide/Film Viewer
Easily view your old slides or film– the viewer features four LED lights to provide superior color rendition and 3x magnification of the image. It is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders. One renewal is available if there are no pending holds.

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

Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner
Convert your negatives and slides to digital format. 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. It is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders ages 18+ and one renewal is available if no holds are pending.

Podcast Kit
Included in the kit are a microphone, tripod, mounting bracket, headphones, headphone jack, connector, instruction booklet, and a Podcasting for Dummies book. Available for one-week loan to CAPL cardholders. One renewal is available if no holds are pending.

Portable CD Player
Available for CAPL cardholders for three weeks. The player has Bluetooth capabilities.

Portable Photo Studio (Lightbox)
Take photos of objects with your camera or smartphone in a controlled setting– perfect for those selling things on Etsy and eBay. It measures 25″ x 30″ x 25″ when open to fit a variety of objects and has pre-installed LED lighting and a white backdrop. It is available for one week loan to CAPL cardholders and is renewable once if no holds are pending.

Projector
The kit includes a remote control, S Video cable, VGA cable, power supply, and carrying case. It is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+ 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).


Instruments & Making Music

Electronic KeyboardNew!
Yamaha 61-key portable keyboard and music stand with a variety of sounds and features, including a 9-step lesson function. Available to CAPL cardholders for one-week checkout and one renewal if no holds are pending.

Electronic Tabletop Drum SetNew!
Available to CAPL cardholders for one-week checkout, with one renewal if no holds are pending. The kit includes drum sticks and two digital foot pedals.

Pocket Operator Mini Sequencing Synthesizer (PO-14 Sub Edition) New!
Delivers 16 bass sounds to create electronic rhythms. It is available to CAPL cardholders for a one-week loan. One renewal is allowed if no holds are pending.

Pocket Operator Mini Sequencing Synthesizer (PO-20 Arcade Edition)
Delivers 16 nostalgic sounds mixed with simple yet powerful songwriting tools. The synthesizer is available to CAPL cardholders for a one-week loan. One renewal is available if no holds are pending. Included in the kit are an audio cord, a silicon case, and instruction sheets.

UkuleleNew!
Well-suited for classroom use, practicing, and acoustic performance. It is the instrument of choice for schools – More people learn to play on a Kala than any other ukulele brand. The ukulele is available for three-week checkout to CAPL cardholders and renews once if no holds are pending. The kit includes a tuner, string, strap, and instructional DVD.


STEM

3D Printing Pens
The kits include instructions and supplies to complete projects that change seasonally. They are available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+ and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds.

Ozobot Starter Kit
It is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+ and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds.

Sphero SPRK+ Kits
Kits are available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds.

Virtual Reality Glasses
The glasses are recommended for ages 10+ and are compatible with most recent Android and iOS devices (which are not supplied by us). Glasses are available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders and one renewal is available if no holds are pending.

Wired for Science Kits
Our various 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
The cutter is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+ and one renewal is available if no holds are pending. 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 CAPL cardholders and one renewal is available if there are no holds pending.

Crochet Hooks | Knitting Needles | Knitting Looms | Pom Pom Maker
We have multiple needle crafting tools available for three-week checkout.

Sewing Machine
The kit includes the pedal, a quilting table attachment, a fashion design book, and instructions. The machine is available for three-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+ and is renewable once if there are no pending holds.

Rotary Multitool
It is available for three-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+ and is renewable once if there are no pending holds.

Ryobi Compact Laser LevelNew!
Mounting portraits, installing curtain rods and wall fixtures, or preparing a straight cut through lumber is a job made easy with this laser level. It is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders.

Weaving Loom
The 16″ wide rigid weaving loom includes two heddles, two clamps, 10 guides (18″ long), a threading hook, and a warping peg all in a large carrying case. It is available for three-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+.

Wood Burning and Soldering Iron Kit
The kit includes 27 various wood burning tips, five soldering tips, two stencils, and an instruction booklet. It is available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+ and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds.

Wood Carving Set
This 18-piece wood carving set available for three-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+ and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds.

Wood Chisel Set
This eight-piece wood chisel set is available for three-week checkout to CAPL cardholders age 18+ and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds.


Great Outdoors

Binoculars
The binoculars are available for one-week checkout to CAPL cardholders and one renewal is available if there are no pending holds. 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 and may not be renewed. The poles and tackle provided by the IDNR Tackle Loaner programBuy an Illinois fishing license online or at a local retailer.

Umbrellas
Stay dry and protect library materials! Umbrellas are available for one-week checkout and are renewable if no holds are pending.


Home & Learning

Instant Book Club Bags
A quick and convenient solution for your neighborhood or friend book group! The bags checkout for six weeks and include 12 paperback copies of the title, a lending checkoff list, and a discussion question guide.

Kill-A-Watt Meters
Use to determine the amount of energy usage in your home or office.

Theme Kits for children