Library of Things

Welcome to the Library of Things, a collection of non-traditional library items with the purpose to provide diverse opportunities for learning and engagement. This collection started thanks to funding from the Friends of the Abilene Public Library, and it's expected to grow as more begin to make use of it.

Below you will find a listing of items currently within the Library of Things, divided into categories. Feel free to reserve an item/s of interest to you.

Electronics & Devices

Document ScannerDocument Scanner (Portable)

Make use of this fast and light, single-sheet scanner that provides scans in approximately 5.5 seconds per page. Compatible with Windows and Mac computers. Requires no batteries for use and is powered through USB connections to your computer for pdf copies.

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DVD PlayerDVD Player (Portable)

Watch DVDs on-the-go with this portable device that comes with a 7.5" HD swivel screen, two (2) speakers, 4-hour battery power, and remote control. Perfect for car trips and for use by kids.

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ProjectorGroview 1080P Bluetooth Mini Projector

Host a movie night with this portable projector and cast your videos to up to a size of up to 200" and adaptable to any size room or setup, with a 100" portable screen included. Use bluetooth to connect to your devices and popular streaming sticks.

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Podcast MicUSB Microphone Podcast Recording Kit

Stream and record your podcast using this plug & play device designed to provide you with a high resolution recording rate to provide crisp vocal pickup, high-precision author clarity, and studio-quality performance.

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Voice AmplifierVoice Amplifier (Portable PA System)

Speak to small and large crowds with ease with this portable megaphone you can easily wear and speak with a group as large as 400 people without needing to yell. A bluetooth-enabled device that is waterproof, can serve as a power bank, can record, function for up to 12 hours, and much more.

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Games / Outdoor Activities

Cornhole GameCornhole Toss Game Set

Borrow the popular game you can take to any gathering in an easy to carry bag. Comes with two cornhole targets, eight (8) bean bags, and rules for an easy assembly. At under 15 pounds, it's certainly easy to take it everywhere.

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Croquet SetCroquet Set for Six

Enjoy this outdoor activity designed for both kids and adults to enjoy and easy to carry in its own bag. Comes with six mallets, six balls, nine wickets, and two end posts. Great for parties, picnics, and cookouts as a quintessential lawn game that all can play.

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Pickleball SetPickleball Paddle Set for Four

Get started playing one of the best outdoor sports around if you happen to be a beginner. Contained in a bag, this set comes with four pickleball paddles and four pickleball balls to help you get started with learning to play. Great for all ages.

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Health / Medical Items

Health TrackeriHealth Blood Pressure Monitor

Monitor your blood pressure with this electronic tracker that comes with a cuff to fit most adult arms to be able to track your health health over time. Features a large display for easy readings and three colors indicating what health level range you are in.

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Music / Musical Instruments

GuitarBeginner Acoustic Guitar

Learn the basics when it comes to playing the guitar with this beginner instrument that also includes a carrying case, picks, strap, capo strings, and a tuner. As a full-size guitar, with a comfortable design, it has a 41-inch body to make it a better starter guitar for everyone to use.

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Singing MicKaraoke Microphone (Bluetooth)

Compatible wit all smartphones, this wireless bluetooth-enabled device can be used as a wireless speaker, mp3 player, and recorder, and is compatible with various singing applications. There are so many ways to enjoy this mic so power it up and give your voice a workout.

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Podcast MicUSB Microphone Podcast Recording Kit

Stream and record your podcast using this plug & play device designed to provide you with a high resolution recording rate to provide crisp vocal pickup, high-precision author clarity, and studio-quality performance.

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Record PlayerVictrola 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player

Listen to your favorite records in with this portable player that comes complete with built-in speakers and bluetooth-enabled. Stream music from your smart devices or connect to external speakers. You can even connect headphones to the player as well.

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Other / Miscellaneous Items

Binoculars10x42 Waterproof Binoculars

Perfect for outdoor use, these waterproof and fog proof binoculars are full-sized for adults and offering 10x magnification. Also comes with multi-coated optics to provide you with high resolution and contrast views, all the while not losing color fidelity.

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Projection ScreenProjector Screen with Stand

Make use of a portable projection screen that will provide a viewing surface of 60 inches for smaller group sessions. Includes a bag to carry the item in as well as a tripod for standing. Use for an outdoor movie session or to make a presentation for a group or business meeting.

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Science

TelescopeTelescope for Adults & Youth

Setup required for use for this refractor telescope that offers a magnification of 15X to 150X. Designed to provide views of the moon's craters, Jupiter's major moons, and Saturn's rings. Discover the world around you with this beginner telescope.

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Tools & Equipment

Power DrillBlack & Decker Cordless Drill

A versatile, 30-piece cordless drill set that includes a variety of bits and accessories for drilling and driving tasks. Offers a 24 position clutch, interchangeable 20V Max Powerconnect battery system, and designed to help prevent overdriving and stripping screws.

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Tool SetCartman 148 Piece Automotive & Household Tool Set

Enjoy this comprehensive tool set for making repairs to your home and cars for DIY enthusiasts. Includes all the tools necessary for everyday usage from cutting to tightening, measuring to hammering, and all durable for long-lasting use.

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