Library of Things

Calling all Makers and Do-ers! Learn, Connect, and Create with the Library of Things

The Library of Things is a collection of non-traditional library items that complement the Blackstone’s mission to provide access to information, resources, and unique shared experiences to help ensure Branford is an educated and enriched community. See the list of available Things below and call us at 203-488-1441 x 321 or e-mail things@blackstonelibrary.org to learn more about how you can gain access to the equipment.

The Library of Things began as the MakerLab, with a generous gift from the Friends of the Blackstone Library. The MakerLab grew to include items that offer hands-on experiences in making and learning, both with items reserved for use within the library but also borrowable.

We are now expanding the list of borrowable items, providing you with free access to tools, technology, games, and materials that allow you to learn new skills, connect with other makers and ideas, or create something of your very own. Each item includes instructions and “how to” books with starter projects that anyone can jump into.

Welcome to our Library of Things (loan period for all items is 2 weeks)

NEW – LAWN GAMES

 

Kits you can experiment with and take home

  • Orion StarBlast 4.5″ Astro Reflector Telescope
  • Singer Sewing Machines (2)
  • Cubelets: Robotic Blocks (2)
  • SnapCircuits: Electronic Basics (2)
  • Finch Robot
  • Makey Makey: Computer Programming (2)
  • Google Cardboard: 3D experience (2)
  • Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitor
  • Launch Pad S: Music Mixer
  • Launch Key Mini: Keyboard Mixer
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Arduino (2)
  • VHS Player
  • Snowball Microphone and headphones: Podcasting
  • Camera, green screen and lighting: Movie Making

Links to Kit Resources, Activities Apps and More

Things you can use while at the library

  • PRUSA Mk3 3D Printer
  • Lulzbot Taz 5 3D Printer
  • Cricut Maker: Computerized Cutting Machine for Crafting
  • Dell Laptops
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements
  • Button Maker

The Library of Things may change over time, so check back to see what’s new—it’s all an evolving process!