Zipcar at the Library

Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn, New York

Residents of the borough of Brooklyn can now utilize the car-sharing service Zipcar at three of the branches' locations. New members receive $20 off of the annual fee for their first year and an additional $25 credit towards driving. The program wouldn't be complete if each of the cars weren't named after famous literary figures.

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Common Soil Seed Library

Omaha Public Library
Omaha, Nebraska

When residents of Omaha want to test their green thumbs, the public library's got them covered. In addition to having a comprehensive digital resource that anyone can use, residents can share and swap seeds to help their gardens flourish. The program "strives to provide a space where local gardeners, farmers and library patrons can share open-pollinated seeds, as well as develop awareness and gain information about gardening and seed saving."

Keep Calm and Garden On!

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Portable WiFi Checkout Program

Cherryfield Public Library
Cherryfield, Maine

The Maine State Library highlights the work of a Washington County branch, "High speed wireless internet just became a lot more accessible to students in parts of rural Washington County thanks to this week’s launch of the “Check-out the Internet” project at the Cherryfield Public Library. The program allows eligible students from Cherryfield and Harrington to borrow a portable Wi-Fi device providing high-speed internet access in places that might not otherwise be served by traditional broadband services."

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Cake Pan Collection

Andover Public Library
Andover, Kansas

From Andover Public Library : We're "one of only a handful of libraries in the state of Kansas to have a collection of cake pans available for checking out. Our collection includes holiday shapes like candy canes and Christmas trees (as well as shapes for other major holidays like Easter and Halloween). We also have many of your children’s favorite characters like Elmo, Batman, and Dora the Explorer."

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"Fairy Tale Closet" Prom Dress Checkout

Dallas Public Library
Dallas, Texas

For two years running, Dallas-area teens have been able to browse prom dresses, accessories, and shoes at select DPL branches. Library Youth Services Administrator, Melissa Dease, speaking to NBCDFW earlier this year: "[2014's] event served 100 girls, but the demand was so great that the closet expanded [...] this year...I was a little nervous we wouldn't collect enough dresses for two events, but I've been blown away by the generosity of people in Dallas. Instead of not enough dresses, I don't have enough racks to hold them." 

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Media Surfers

Metropolitan Library System
Oklahoma City metro area, Oklahoma

from MPL - "Each iPad comes preloaded with basic apps, games, educational programs for children and more. You can surf the web, check email, use social media, play games, and read magazines, eBooks and newspapers using library services like Zinio, OverDrive and PressReader. iPads can be used by card holders of all ages."

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Unusual Stuff Lending

Ann Arbor District Library
Ann Arbor & surrounding metro, Michigan

from AADL - "Do you get tired of the same pictures on the wall month after month? Are you a student who doesn't want to spend a lot on decor? Then AADL Art Prints are for you. AADL has hundreds of reproductions and original pieces. Up to three art prints can be checked out for eight weeks at a time." 

And art is just the start.

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"Library of Things"

Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento, California

Sometimes you want a food dehydrator (or a sewing machine or a few board games, for that matter), but you don't want to buy one. Stop by the SPL's Library of Things to find out what other oh-yeah-that'd-be-nice-to-have things you can find today!

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