Library of Things opens

Florida. This library includes a variety of useful, entertaining and unusual objects that patrons of the Florida Public Library may need for a project, cannot afford or don’t have room to store.

| 03 Dec 2020 | 12:54

Florida Public Library announces the debut of its Library of Things collection.

The Library of Things includes a wide variety of useful, entertaining and unusual objects that patrons may need for a project, cannot afford to purchase, don’t have room to store or may just need to use once or occasionally.

The Florida Public Library aims to save residents the cost of purchasing many such items. Senior citizens and new home owners may find the collection of particular use.

The Tool Library

Categories include the Tool Library, which includes hand tools (hammer, saw, stud finder, rachets, pliers, stapler, clamps, Allen wrenches, grout floater, voltage tester and many more), power tools (drill, circular saw, sander, etc.) and gardening equipment (pruning saw, spade, shovels, rakes, shears, loppers, bow saw, edger and more.)

A complete tool box with commonly used tools for home repairs is also available.

Stores closed? Forgot that one essential tool that’s needed to finish the project?

FPL’s collection is available seven days a week and just might have exactly what you need close at hand.

In the Kitchen, Entertainment and Miscellaneous

Other categories include In the Kitchen which offers a 45-cup coffee maker, specialized cake pans, a chocolate melter, a spiralizer, a juicer and more.

Entertainment has littleBits coding kits, Hero and Droid Inventor Kits, board games, card games and ukuleles.

Arts and Crafts includes a pom pom maker, loom kits, and a pumpkin carving kit.

The Miscellaneous category includes recreational equipment such as adult and child fishing poles and tackle an a 10’ x 10’ pop-up canopy.

Available for free

All items are free for borrowing by Florida cardholders in good standing who are a minimum of 18 years old. Check outs are limited to a total of two items and may be kept for seven days.

To check items out, patrons must sign the Borrower’s Agreement and Use Policy and a Waiver and Indemnification Form.

Photos and descriptions of all items are available on FPL’s website at and they may be reserved up to three days before check out.

Partners with Roe Brothers and Werner’s ACE

“We are excited to offer the Library of Things to our patrons, free, just the same as any traditional library collection and we hope it brings new faces to FPL to explore all we have to offer,” Library Director Madelyn Folino said .

”We are pleased to partner with two well-known and historic local businesses: Roe Brothers, Inc. and Werner’s ACE to make this collection a reality,” Folino added. “Scott Bieling at Roe’s and Alyssa Werner at Werner’s have been most helpful in getting this project off the ground with their advice and they saved us money with discounts, too.”

Funds for the Library of Things were provided by special legislative aid in 2019 directed to the library by State Senator Jen Metzger for programs or equipment and by a generous donation from Marc and Victoria Appel of Warwick.

The library staff also raised money through their annual Anything But Books yard sale in May and asked that it be used for the new collection.

Early support was also provided by the Friends of the FPL.

Staff have been busy figuring out how to barcode, label, store and circulate so many objects of varying sizes. The library’s full basement has come in handy for storing the items in locked steel cabinets.

Volunteers needed to demonstrate how to use tools, gadgets, etc.

In addition to offering the Library of Things, program planners devoted many fall program sessions to using items in the collection to build, make, invent and discover for preschool to adult ages. Volunteers are now being recruited to do presentations on how to use tools, kitchen gadgets, arts and craft items and more.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, in-person programs are likely to be rare for the immediate future, but library staff are eager to record how-to programs for online viewing.

To volunteer, or if you have a suggestion for a fabulous addition to the Library of Things, please email or call the library at (845) 651-7659.