Library of Things


Telescopes

Telesopes can be borrowed by Livingston residents and pay-card holders in good standing (18 or older) for a period of two weeks.  Telescopes may be reserved in advance by calling the Library.

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Kit includes:

  • Orion Starblast 4.5 Reflector Telescopes
  • Two eyepieces 17mm & 6mm
  • Magnification: 26x & 75x
  • Headlamp
  • Aubudon Pocket Guide to Constellations
  • Instruction Booklet
  • Lens Brush

What can be viewed with the telescope?
Anything visible in the night sky.  Do NOT look at the sun through a telescope.  The moon is an excellent place to start.  The visibilities of planets in our solar system change from season to season.  Instructions for finding these objects come with the telescope when checked out.

How powerful is the telescope?
The telescope can magnify up to 75x with the included eyepieces.  This is powerful enough to see Saturn’s rings.

Do I need anything else to use the telescope?
The telescope comes with everything you need to have an observing session.  The only thing you will need is a table or platform for the telescope to rest at a comfortable height.

Can the telescope take pictures?
The telescope itself is not equipped to take pictures, but you can take a photograph with a smartphone through the telescope eyepiece.


Ready, Set, Create!
Toolkits for Artists and Inventors

At the Livingston Public Library, we offer collections that go beyond books!  Ready, Set, Create! is an innovative take home program series that allows patrons to check out portable makerspaces that focus on Robotics, Fiber Arts, Engineering and Paper Crafts.  Each kit includes instructions as well as an open-ended prompt to encourage creativity and dialog.  If you are interested in checking out a kit, please visit our Children’s Department.  The ever-expanding Ready, Set, Create! Toolkits currently include:

Ukulele:  Learn to play the ukulele. This toolkit comes with instructions on how to tune and how to play the ukulele. 

Strawbees:  An award-winning prototyping toy for makers of all ages.  It is a kit, based on simple units called Strawbees, that lets you connect straws to each other and build all sizes of  mechanical objects from just straws and cardboard, and which stimulates the imagination and encourages storytelling endlessly.

Paper Marbling:  Marbling is a type of printing that creates beautiful designs on paper or fabric.  The technique involves floating paints on the surface of a heavy base liquid known as the “marbling size”.  A piece of paper or fabric is placed on top of the paint to capture the design. 

Sewing:   In this toolkit, you take home an actual sewing machine, sewing book with ideas and instructions, and fabric.

Quilling:  Art form in which strips of paper are rolled, shaped,and glued together to create decorative designs.  Quilling can be used to decorate cards, pictures, gift bags or boxes -- the list goes on. 

LEGO Robotics:  Build and program your first robot!  What you do after that is entirely up to you.  Using LEGO WeDo and Scratch, this toolkit gives you hands on robotics experience. 

Snap Circuits:  This toolkit makes learning electronics easy and fun.  Follow the colorful pictures in the instruction book to  build projects such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and more.

Makey Makey:  Turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet.  This  simple Invention Kit is for beginners and experts doing art, engineering and everything in between.

Code & Go Mouse Kits:  A fun way for children to develop foundational coding skills.  Create a maze, then program the mouse bot through it to reach the cheese!


Homework Kits

With this in-library use kit, children and teens can checkout the tools they need to complete homework assignments.  Each Homework Kit includes pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, markers, a ruler, notecards, a calculator, white out, tape, a glue stick, a stapler, and scissors.


Nooks

The Livingston Public Library has B&N Nooks available for checkout for Livingston and paid card patrons.  They are available for adults and there are also Nooks with only children’s titles.  Nooks checkout for two weeks.  Inquire at the Patron Services Desk.

Click here for a title list


Wireless (Wi-Fi) Hotspots

The Livingston Public Library is offering Livingston and paid card holders the opportunity to checkout the Internet, now with T Mobile 4G Mobile LTE HotSpots.  They will be available to borrow for one week, with one renewal.

Each hotspot allows up to 15 devices to be connected to it at any given time.  If you have questions, please inquire at the Patron Services Desk, at  973-992-4600.

Read the User Agreement


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Chromebooks

A member, 18 years or older, may checkout a Chromebook Laptop for an initial period of up to 2 hours to use within the interior of the library.  Some restrictions may apply.  Visit our Adult Services desk for details and borrowing.