The main branch of the Wellesley Free Library maintains over 100 items across a dozen categories in its “Library of Things.” Patrons can access this bounty with nothing more than a desire for what’s on loan, and their library card. Rather than go out and buy or rent useful and/or fun items—like a cassette to digital converter or puzzles or gaming systems—why not save money and borrow them instead?
Cool “things” in the WFL collection
Assistive device—laptop stand
This useful device elevates your laptop off of a flat surface. This can be helpful for:
- Improved ergonomics: A laptop stand can help to reduce neck and back pain by raising the screen to eye level.
- Increased airflow: A laptop stand can help to improve airflow to the laptop’s components, which can help to prevent overheating.
- More comfortable typing: A laptop stand can provide a more comfortable typing surface, which can help to reduce fatigue.
- Increased desk space: A laptop stand can free up desk space by raising the laptop off of the surface.
Craft items—knitting and crochet needles
If you’re thinking about taking up knitting or crochet as the the weather turns colder, avoid high start-up costs by borrowing some supplies first.
Games—100 to choose from
From humble board games like Candy Land to more advanced and techy stuff like a handheld game console, the library knows how to have a good time.
Adult games are shelved in Library of Things on the second floor; children’s games are shelved in Children’s Room; new adult games are in the first floor display area.
Night vision goggles—All the better to see members of Wellesley’s robust coyote population as they move across your property, my dear.
Color sensor—If there’s a specific paint shade or color you need, the sensor will find the best available match and tell you what brand offers it.
Geiger counter—measures radiation levels. Two of the biggest sources of harmful radiation in the home are radon, which is gas emitted from the radioactive decay of natural uranium in the ground (and also found in some construction materials); and natural gas.
Puzzle roll away mat