, 2023-05-15 08:55:00,
You can head to the local library this summer to pick up some beach reading — or you can go there to check out a disc golf kit, some birding binoculars or a pass for an electric bike.
All these items and more are part of the “Library of Things” at Madison Public Library, an odd but practical collection of useful objects to be checked out, taken home and experimented with.
There’s a collection of LPs, decorated with the kind of mesmerizing album art that CD cases and Spotify thumbnails simply cannot replicate. Don’t have a turntable to play those records? No problem. You can check out a portable record player at the library, too.
More items — from graphing calculators to STEM kits for educators — are listed on the “Library of Things” webpage at madisonpubliclibrary.org.
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The offerings are a tiny piece of what’s on the shelves of Madison public libraries — some 804,946 items in all, mostly books, said library collection manager Molly Warren.
“We added about 61,968 items in 2022,” she said. By comparison, “there are just a few record players.”
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