click to enlarge Lincoln Library's "Library of Things"
Britainy Montague, library assistant (seated), and Caroline Kionka, adult services manager (standing)

What do a ukulele, cordless drill, corn hole game, pulse oximeter and telescope have in common? They are all things available to check out of Springfield's Lincoln Library with a library card.

Springfield's public library recently launched a Library of Things and now has many more items to borrow than books, magazines, DVDs and CDs. This is a resource to try something before making a purchase or borrow something for a one-time need or special project. The Library of Things includes musical instruments, health and wellness items, home maintenance equipment, games, home entertainment and educational materials.

Musical instruments include piano keyboard, guitar and mandolin. Dumbbells, blood pressure monitors, ear thermometers and hand therapy squeeze balls are examples of health and wellness items. Home maintenance items include pressure washer, air compressor, universal travel adapter and picture hanging kits. Graphing calculator, metal detector, kids' games, slide scanner and karaoke machine are more examples of the eclectic range of items that are available. A complete list is on the library website. More items will be added, and suggestions to add to the collection are welcome.

For more information call 217-753-4900 or go to The library is open Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (October – April).

Karen Ackerman Witter

Karen Ackerman Witter started freelance writing after a 35-year career in state government holding various senior leadership positions. Prior to retiring she was associate director of the Illinois State Museum for 14 years. She is the past president of the Kidzeum Board of Directors and is an active volunteer...

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