Bucks County libraries lending out more than just books
, 2022-09-22 21:01:49,
It’s time to start thinking beyond books when it comes to your local library.
All over the country libraries are expanding their collections to offer both fun and practical items to borrow, and the Bucks County Free Library is no exception.
By providing uncommon items like telescopes and ukuleles, people have the opportunity take what they’re reading and experience them first hand, explained Holly Ambrose, collection management director for the Bucks County Free Library.
“Our goal in the beginning was to satisfy curiosity for both children and adults. We wanted to offer different things you might not think of or might not know about,” Ambrose said.
In starting out its non-book collection, the library initially focused on educational toys and cooperative board games, but has since grown its catalog over the years to include hundreds of items — from stud finders and musical washboards to ladder ball and telescopes.
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Whether spurring interest in a new hobby or providing a useful tool for a weekend project, Ambrose said the collection has been helpful to their patrons in a number of surprising ways.
“We have metal detectors which someone borrowed from us to find a lost wedding ring in his backyard. It worked out and he found it,” she said.
The library has also built up its party supply collection. Browse the shelves and you might find a karaoke machine, disco and strobe lighting, a bubble machine and more. Backyard games, like cornhole and bocce ball, are available to borrow as well.
“We’re always looking for new things to circulate. If someone was to have a kid’s party, you’re not going to want to go out and buy a fog machine. We wanted to offer things you wouldn’t normally want to buy, but could add another element to the party,” Ambrose said.
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To discover all the non-book items the library has to offer, check out their online catalog and type non-book into the search bar.
Items in circulation at one of the seven library branch locations — Bensalem, Doylestown, Langhorne, Levittown, Perkasie, Quakertown or Yardley-Makefield — can be placed on hold and it will be delivered to whichever branch you choose.
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