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Wichita Public Library Introduces “Library of Things”

7/15/2021
Contact: Sean Jones, Wichita Public Library |

​Borrowing materials from the Wichita Public Library just got more fun. The Library has slowly introduced its “Library of Things” this summer, with many non-traditional materials available for customers to borrow.

“We are excited to introduce these new circulating items to our community,” said Sarah Kittrell, Collection Development Manager for the Wichita Public Library. “Libraries across the country are circulating different materials for customers to take home and use that aren’t books or movies, and we are thrilled to begin our collection with some great materials sponsored by generous donors.”

The Library of Things includes:

  • Radon detectors help customers test radon levels in their homes or businesses.
  • Telescopes let customers of all ages explore the stars and space, and comes with several astronomy guides for stargazing.
  • Hotspots provide digital access to customers unable to receive internet services.

Another new circulating material is STEAM To Go! Kits, underwritten by the Georgia Eakins Family through the Wichita Public Library Foundation. These kits are for children in grades 4+ that explore different STEAM-related topics. Each kit includes several activities and a book.

Library of Things materials are available for a 14-day loan period. Renewals are available. More information can be found at wichitalibrary.org/things.

The Library of Things is provided through the support of the Wichita Public Library Foundation. The Georgia Eakins Family underwrites SEAM To Go! Kits and telescopes. Hotspots are underwritten through a gift in memory of Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner. Pure State Services LLC donated radon detectors through their library program.

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