Libraries are adjusting to the ever changing modern world. Libraries now loan seeds, kindles, and prom dresses! The Berkeley Public Library in California lends tools. The website lists the tools they lend. Chalk lines, tile nippers, drill bits, and bolt cutters are just a few of the items available!
Seed libraries have been sprouting up all over—sorry, pun intended. But those seeds can grow trouble! Invasive plants and weeds can be introduced into areas with people using seeds from unverified sources. The library has to have a plant expert on hand to help with the implementation of the seed library.
The Drake Library lends cake pans. That is right, cake pans. We have over 300 pans donated by a local donor. The pans check out for two weeks at a time and are very popular! We have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, footballs, Pokemon, and many other popular characters. The program has been a success over the last two years with only one set of pans being lost. A patron has even started her own cake baking business by using our pans!
Several libraries are hosting prom dress programs. These costly items are loaned, swapped, or donated to girls for the spring dance season. Any parent that has ever shopped for a frothy formal knows how daunting and dangerous prom dress hunting can be!
Librarians are adaptive creatures! They can sense a community need and find the means to help their patrons find what they are seeking.
For more information about the Drake Library Cake Pan library, stop in and check out the Cake Pan Finder Binder!