What if the next time you needed a sewing machine, or screen printer, or even a GoPro camera, you just went down to your public library and borrowed it?
That’s the idea behind the Library of Things. The visionary project, which is located in the Sacramento library system’s Arcade branch, enables people to borrow goods just like they would a book—by checking them out with their library card.
The project stems from the fact that people don’t need to own all the items they may need—they can access them through the library. Some libraries have been lending tools and toys for decades.
The Library of Things is experimenting with lending all kinds of goods. Among the other items available are musical instruments, video games, a laminator, crafting tools and more. The Library of Things also hosts an in-house bike repair station, a 3D scanner, and a serger for professional quality stitching.
To determine what library patrons wanted in the Library of Things, organizers used an online voting system. In the first round of voting, sewing machines received the most votes so the library bought six of them to lend out.
The Arcade branch is also home to the Design Spot, an area with five 3D printers and computers equipped with design software. The Sacramento library system also offers a prom dress lending program, a seed library at the Colonial Heights branch, and a self-publishing center for aspiring writers.
Funded by a federal grant received through the Library Services and Technology Act, the Library of Things points to the need for libraries to go beyond offering books into offering resources and information of all types.
As Sacramento Public Library spokesman Malcolm Maclachlan told the Sacramento Bee, the project is part of a push for libraries to diversify beyond book lending.
“We’re doing this under a plan to be a resource for more than just books,” he said. “And we’re building off the wider movement of DIY.”
Mozart, Einstein and Me (formally ABC Music Source) has been authorized to hold an estate sale of a previously private collection of 23 basses and two amplifiers. They are as follows:
#2. Gibson EB-3: Serial #025460594 – 2006 - Made in USA – Reissue - $1450
#4. Fender Jazz Bass: Serial #05046400 - 1960- $600
#5. Fender Precision Bass: Serial #MZ6182246 - Mexico Made – 2006 - $899
#6. Ibanez Bass: Serial #C01062997 - Made in Korea – 2001 - $750
#7. Gibson Thunderbird: Serial #004071384 - Nashville Tennessee – 2007 - $1,295
#8. Ernie Ball Music Man USA: Serial #F14704 - 2006 - $1,099
#9. Fender Jazz Bass: Serial #S059665 - 2006/2008 - Made in Japan - $799
#10. Warwick Corvett + NT: Serial #C-133947-07 - 2007 - Made in Germany - $1,399
#11. Gibson - Les Paul Bass: Serial #027450675 - Nashville Tennessee – 2005 - $1,300
#12. Fender Deluxe Precision Bass: Serial #DZ8012255 -Made in USA-2008/2009- $899
#13. G&L ASAT Bass: Serial #F56746 Made in the USA - $1,299
#14. Fender Deluxe Active: Serial #DZ6102205 USA – 2006 - $999
#15. Fender Jazz Bass: Serial #Z5000084 - Made in USA - 2005/2006 - $899
#16. G&L L-2000: Serial #CLF55700 - USA Made - $850
#17. Ibanez Prestige: Serial #C06074779 - Made in Korea – 2006 - $699
#18. Specter Legend: Serial #1283 Made in Korea - $499
#19. Fender Precision Bass: Serial #MZ7119015 - Made in Mexico – 2007 - $675
#21. Warwick Streamer LX: Serial #M-120944-05 - Made in Germany – 2005 - $1,899
#22. Gibson Thunderbird Bass: Serial #034860630- Made in USA - $1,200
#23. Spector Bass Euro4 LX: Serial #1650 - Made in Czech Republic - $1,500
Guitar masters like Jimi Hendrix are capable of bending the physics of waves to their wills, plucking melody from inspiration and vibration. But how do wood, metal, and plastic translate into rhythm, melody, and music? Oscar Fernando Perez details the physics of playing the guitar, from first pluck to that final shredding chord.
Lesson by Oscar Fernando Perez , animation by Chris Boyle.
What is Snap Circuits? How does it work? Elenco®'s Snap Circuits® makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just
follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build exciting projects
such as FM radios; digital voice recorders; AM radios; burglar alarms;
doorbells and much more!
Your cell phone is mainly made of plastics and metals. It’s easy to appreciate the process by which those elements add up to something so useful. But there’s another story we don’t hear about -- how did we get our raw ingredients in the first place, from the chaotic tangle of materials that is nature? Iddo Magen uncovers the answer in a group of clever hacks known as separation techniques.
Lesson by Iddo Magen, animation by Augenblick Studios.
They’re cute, they’re lovable, and judging by the 26 billion views on over 2 million YouTube videos of them, one thing is certain: cats are very entertaining. But their strange feline behaviors, both amusing and baffling, leave many of us asking: Why do cats do that? Tony Buffington explains the science behind some of your cat’s strangest behaviors.
Lesson by Tony Buffington, animation by Chintis Lundgren.
Many of the inanimate objects around you probably seem perfectly still. But look deep into the atomic structure of any of them, and you’ll see a world in constant flux — with stretching, contracting, springing, jittering, drifting atoms everywhere. Ran Tivony describes how and why molecular movement occurs and investigates if it might ever stop.