Library of Things
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 designed for Grades 5-8. 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:
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.
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.
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.
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. More details will be available soon. If you have questions, please inquire at the Patron Services Desk, at 973-992-4600.