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Sure, We Check Out Books. Plus Telescopes and Ukuleles Too!

by Karen Randinitis, Program & Outreach Librarian

Karen Randinitis,
Program & Outreach Librarian

I’m happy to be joining the Library team as the new Program & Outreach Librarian. In this new role, my focus will be on Lifelong Learning programs. I’ll help coordinate the popular Workshop, Maker and Tech programs that you’ve asked the Library for—all to help you, our community, prepare for critical life choices while also finding fulfillment through curiosity and discovery. 

Programs are just one of the ways the Library has been making these things possible. Another way: the collections. The Library checks out tens of thousands of books, DVDs, music CDs and audiobooks—not to mention digital books and downloadable audio.

But did you know the Library checks out telescopes, sewing machines, African drums, scrapbooking kits, and Colorado State Parks passes?

Our Library has an ever-growing collection of Discovery Kits. These are items designed to help you pursue a new hobby, learn a new skill, or tackle a life goal.

Here are some of the kits awaiting you:

New this season is the Telescope Discovery Kit. It comes with an Orion SkyScanner tabletop telescope and a copy of “Nightwatch: a practical guide to viewing the universe”. This kit is perfectly timed for “A Universe of Stories”, the space theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program for all ages. 

Discovery Kits can help you organize your life and kickstart a new hobby. Do you have shoeboxes of clippings, photos and mementos you’ve been meaning to sort out? Transform those memories into beautiful pages with the Scrapbooking Discovery Kit. 

Maybe you’d like to take better pictures with your cell phone. The Cell Phone Photography Kit contains a tabletop tent with lights, a lens kit, a selfie stick, and more.

Summer is a great time to explore the outdoors. Did you know our Library is part of a statewide program called “Check Out Colorado’s State Parks”? This takes the form of a Discovery Kit that includes a free entry pass into any of Colorado’s 42 state parks, including nearby ones like Lory, Boyd Lake, and Eldorado Canyon. (Note: passes are not valid at National Parks like Rocky). 

It’s also a great season for home projects. Have you wondered about the energy efficiency of your home appliances? Borrow a “Watts Up?” watt meter to discover whether your refrigerator or washer is watt-frugal or watt-wasting.

We’ve also got African drums, harmonicas, and sewing kits ready to take home. 

Borrowing a Discovery Kit is as easy as one-two-three. First, choose your kit. Second, sign the simple User Responsibility Form. Three, take your kit home for three weeks. If a kit is currently checked out, we’ll place you on hold. As with anything in the collection, if we get lots of holds, we’ll order more. 

We’ll add new Discovery Kits each season, with an ear toward your feedback. Look for new items announced quarterly in the Library’s Programs & Services Guide. Give one of these kits a try, and you’ll be on the path toward happy learning and inspiration. Click here to see the full list of Discovery Kits.