Library of Things

Library collections have grown to include a variety of items for promoting recreation, fitness and digital literacy.

Our "Library of Things" is always growing and includes snowshoes, puzzles, iPads, Chromebooks, and other tech gear. Through a partnership with The Blue Mountains Creator Space, trained library patrons may borrow digital arts equipment.

Complete the Technology Loan Agreement.

Complete the Snowshoe Borrower Agreement.

Our tech toys are designed to facilitate learning and play. Each kit comes with a piece of new technology, instructions, and ideas for activities. Any patron in good standing can borrow a kit for 3 weeks. There is no requirement to complete the Tech Loan Agreement.

Code-a-pillar encourages preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his path. This learning toy encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning & sequencing and critical thinking. Every time kids change and rearrange his segments, Code-a-pillar takes a different path. Every time – with cool sounds and lights wherever he goes. Ages 3-6. Watch our Wired Wednesday video about Code-a-pillar on YouTube. Place a hold on the Code-a-pillar.

Makey Makey is an invention kit designed to connect everyday objects to computer keys. Using a circuit board, alligator clips, and a USB cable, the toy uses closed loop electrical signals to send the computer either a keyboard stroke or mouse click signal. Make a banana piano, game controllers, invent musical instruments and more. Ages 8+. Watch our Wired Wednesday video about Makey Makey on YouTube. Visit the Makey Makey site for ideas and activities. Place a hold on the book 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius. Place a hold on Makey Makey.

Artie 3000 makes coding fun for kids. Artie 3000 is a WiFi-enabled drawing robot.Connect to Artie on Wi-Fi, program a route, and watch it draw! Learn to code and get drawing with STEAM-style robotics to create visual masterpieces. Age 8+. Watch our Wired Wednesday video about Artie 3000. Place a hold on Artie 3000.

Visiting the cottage? Looking for a holiday activity? Browse our selection of puzzles and games at L.E. Shore Library. Loans are 3 weeks. See Puzzles and Games in our catalogue.

iPads are available for 1-week loan. Library patrons 18-years-old and up, who have signed the Technology Loan Agreement may borrow an iPad for 1 week.

iPads

iPad tablets (10.2-inch) are loaded with apps for children: Minecraft, Roblox, YouTube Kids, Subway Surfer, PBS Kids (4+), Cut the Rope (4+), Kahn Academy for Kids (2-8), Elmo Loves 123s (4+), and AniMatch (4+). While these are great for kids, they have Safari, Camera, Facetime, LIbby, hoopla Digital and all the basic apps. Place a hold on an iPad.

iPad 10.2-inch with Apple Pencil (1 week loan)

iPad tablet with Apple Pencil and Adobe design apps and Procreate. Place a hold on the iPad with Apple Pencil.

iPad Pro 12.9" 512GB model with Apple Pencil (1 week loan)

iPad tablet with Apple Pencil and design apps, including Abode apps and Procreate. Available through the Blue Mountains Creator Space to library patrons. Place a hold on the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.

Some training resources

Create a Comic Strip using Procreate from Creator Space

iOS 13 and iPadOS: iPhone and iPad Essential Training from Lynda.com Lynda.com is free with your BMPL library card

iPad by Apple Support: a series of short videos produced by Apple

Chromebooks are laptops based on Chrome OS operating system. They require internet access. They are perfect for surfing the internet. While you can "Browse as a Guest", you'll need to have a gmail account to install any Chrome extensions like Google Docs or Google Classroom. They have a webcam and microphone, so you use them for videoconferencing, but you'll need a Google account to install an extension like Zoom. Chromebooks are available for 1-week loan to patrons who are 18-years-old and up and have signed the Technology Loan Agreement. Place a hold on a Chromebook. Patron under 18 may borrow a Chromebook for use in the library.

Watch Video Tutorial: Getting Started with Your Chromebook

All camera kits are available for 1-week loan to patrons in good standing aged 18 and up. Some kits require certification by the Creator Space Digital Arts Lab. All borrowers must sign the Technology Loan Agreement.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Camera Kit

Includes the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera, 3 lenses (55-250mm, 18-55mm, 40mm), battery, charger, 2 instruction manuals, 32GB SD card, and a carrying case. The SL1 is small in size but captures high quality photo and video. Place a hold on the Canon EOS SL1. There are lots of ways to learn how to use this camera. Watch How to Use a Digital Photography Camera on the Creator Space Digital Arts Lab's YouTube channel. Want a book? Check out Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D for dummies.

Canon 6D DSLR Photography Camera Kit

Includes a Canon 6D full frame DSLR camera, Canon EF lens 24mm-105mm (SN 3312524), 3 Canon LPE6 batteries, camera bag, Canon dual battery holder (SN 2000000235), Canon battery charger, and USB LPE6 battery charger. Place a hold on the Canon 6D DSLR Photography Camera Kit. Borrowing this kit requires certification through the Creator Space Digital Arts Lab. Creator Space members must have Digital Photography & Digital Video Advanced level certification. You can obtain this certification by taking the Online Proficiency Test for the Canon 6D DSLR Camera, which includes instructional videos.

Kodak 360 Video Camera Kit

Includes a Kodak PixPro Orbit 360 Camera, internal Kodak battery, 128GB ScanDisk MicroSD Card, Kodak battery charger, USB cable, PixPro Mini tripod with screw mount, PixPro remote control, Micro SD to SD card adaptor, instruction manual, lens cloth in Nanuk 904 hard case. This Kodak has two fixed focus lenses that work in tandem to capture full 360o 4K video. Place a hold on the Kodak 360 Video Camera Kit. Watch How to use the Kodak 360 Video Camera on YouTube.

360 Video Kit with GoPro Fusion Camera

Includes the GoPro Fusion camera, 3 lenses (55-250mm, 18-55mm, 40mm, battery, charger, 2 instruction manuals, 32GB SD card, and carrying case. Captures 360 photos and video to create immersive experiences.  Place a hold on the 360 GoPro kit. Watch How Use the GoPro Fusion 360 Digital VR Camera on YouTube.

Blackmagic 4K Digital Cinema Camera Kit

Includes Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera 4K, SDXC card 128GB, CFast 2.0 card 128GB, 2 LPE6 batteries and charger, Neewer Follow focus kit, CFast 2 reader, and case; Digital cinema lens kit includes Rokinon 16mm T2.2 Cine lens, Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine lens, Samyang 50mm T1.5 Cine lens, Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine lens, EF to MFT adaptor, Tiffen ND filters 72mm and 77mm, Tiffen UV filters (on lenses). Place a hold on Blackmagic Cinema Camera Kit. Borrowing this kit requires certification through the Creator Space Digital Arts Lab. Creator Space members must have Digital Video Advanced level certification. You can obtain this certification by taking the Online Proficiency Test for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which includes instructional videos.

Accessories

The Library loans out LED Lights, Light Stands, Portable Sound Kit, Boom Mic Kit and Pole, Follow Focus Camera Rig, Video Tripod, Photo Tripod, Reflectors, SoftBoxes, and more through the Creator Space Digital Arts Lab. See all technology for loan through the Creator Space.

Green Screen Kit

A green screen and supporting hardware are available for 1 week loan. Place a hold on the Green Screen Kit.

Digital Projectors

Digital projectors are available for loan at L.E. Shore Library. Please contact us in advance to book a projector.

Portable Projection Screen

A portable projection screen (60" x 60') is available for loan. Please contact us in advance to book the portable screen.

The Library is a partner with the Creator Space Digital Arts Lab. Members of the library who are credentialed by the Creator Space, may borrow technical equipment for 1-week loan. Equipment includes: Blackmagic Digital Cinema Camera Package, Canon 6D DSLR Photography Camera Kit, GoPro Fusion 360 Camera, Kodak PixPro 360 camera, LED Lights, Light Stands, Portable Sound Kit, Boom Mic Kit and Pole, Follow Focus Camera Rig, Video Tripod, Photo Tripod, Reflectors, SoftBoxes, and more. If you are interested in taking classes in using this equipment, visit the Creator Space Digital Arts Lab online.

Visit the Creator Space Digital Arts Lab on YouTube for how-to videos on using TBMCS equipment

Blackmagic 4K Cinema Camera: Take the online proficiency test

Canon 6D Photography Camera: Take the online proficiency test

Portable Sound Recording Kit: Take the online proficiency test

Available for 1 week loan to patrons who are 18+ and have completed the Technology Loan Agreement. Includes: headset, controller, charging cable, and case. Place a hold on an Oculus Go. 

When you borrow the Oculus Go, don't forget to watch the built-in tutorial. For more details, watch Oculus Go Complete Walkthrough on YouTube.

Note: Oculus Go headsets are designed for users 13 years old and up.

"This product is not a toy and should not be used by children under the age of 13, as the headset is not sized for children and improper sizing can lead to discomfort or adverse health effects, and younger children are in a critical period in visual development. Adults should make sure children (age 13 and older) use the headset in accordance with these health and safety warnings including making sure the headset is used as described in the Before Using the Headset section and the Safe Environment section. Adults should monitor children (age 13 and older) who are using or have used the headset for any of the symptoms described in these health and safety warnings (including those described under the Discomfort and Repetitive Stress Injury sections), and should limit the time children spend using the headset and ensure they take breaks during use. Prolonged use should be avoided, as this could negatively impact hand-eye coordination, balance, and multi-tasking ability. Adults should monitor children closely during and after use of the headset for any decrease in these abilities".-- Oculus Go Safety Centre.

Ukuleles are available for 1-week loan to any patron in good standing. Ukuleles are 21" with 4 strings and come in a case including strap, pick, tuner, cloth and tutorial booklet. Place a hold on a ukulele.

The Library has several pairs of snowshoes in children and adult sizes. Loans are 3 days, and a signed waiver is required. View Snowshoes in our catalogue.

Sign the waiver online.