Libraries are just about books, right? Think again.
One of West Virginia’s most enterprising and innovative libraries, Summersville Public Library, will start checking out a variety of technology, games, tools and more in February as part of its new Curiosity Collection.
The Curiosity Collection contains scientific equipment, such as microscopes and telescopes, technology tools by Makey-Makey and a learn to solder kit, games to learn about electronics like Snap-Circuits and Littlebits, board games, and even crafting tools like looms.
There are also musical instruments, and building sets (Magformers and K’Nex) for various age groups.
And you can take them home with you, just like you would a book! Awesome.
The collection is intended for all ages and all skill levels, and will grow and evolve with user feedback and requests.
The Curiosity Collection was funded by a grant from The Nicholas County Community Foundation.
Access is available to anyone with a valid adult library card. A complete description of the borrowing guidelines will be provided to anyone who uses the collection as well as be available on the library’s website www.summersvillepubliclibrary.com.
“Libraries have long been a place for people to explore new worlds, investigate new hobbies or learn a skill,” said Sarah Palfrey, Director of the Summersville Public Library. “We want to encourage people out of the consuming box and into the creating one. When we start creating, inventing, and making, we become problem solvers. The world and West Virginia could use a few more of those.”
Get along and check it out. Summersville Public Library will be holding an open house to unveil its Curiosity Collection on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4 – 6 p.m.
And there’ll be snacks! Sign me up.