The Library has that!
So, you probably know the library has great stuff like books, CD's, DVD's, and audiobooks. But did you know about all the other neat things you can borrow? We've got digital microscopes, a telescope, State Park Passes, and oodles of Maker kits and DIY Electronics. All of these nifty items are available to be checked out from the library for a week at a time (with the exception of the State Park Pass).
For more information and to reserve any of these unusual library items please contact the Reference Desk at 947-8336 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at the library.
Maine State Museum Pass Now Available
The Maine State Museum has generously donated a day use pass that can be used for a family of four once a week. The pass may be reserved through the Bangor Public Library Reference Department, please stop by on the 2nd floor or call us at 947-8336. To learn more about the Maine State Museum please visit their website: http://mainestatemuseum.org/
Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium
The Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium have generously donated a pass for a family of four to be used for their Sunday afternoon show. The pass may be reserved through the Bangor Public Library Reference Department, please stop by on the 2nd floor or call us at 947-8336. To learn more about theAstronomy Center and Planetarium please visit their website: https://astro.umaine.edu/
About Checking Out the Telescope and Microscopes
In order to sign out the telescope, microscopes, and Chromecast stick you must be at least 18 years old, have a library card in good standing (no fines or billed items), and have been a cardholder for at least six months. Pick up will be on Tuesdays through Fridays in the summer and Tuesdays through Saturdays in the winter. Return borrowed items by closing time (7PM in summer, 8 PM in winter) on Mondays. When you pick the telescope up, be prepared to take about 15 minutes to learn about how to use the telescope/microscopes safely, how to carry it and transport the telescope in a car. You will need to show a Driver's License or another government-issued I.D. and sign a user agreement.
Celestron Digital Microscopes
Thanks to a grant received from the Maine Charity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, do-it-yourself electronics fans, hobbyists and science buffs can now check out two Celestron Digital Microscopes. These are excellent for close-up (magnification ~20X to 200x) views of circuit boards, stamps, coins, shells and more. The Celestron Digital microscopes require installing software on your home computer and allow you to take pictures and videos. The microscopes circulate with a box of neat things to look at like feathers and fossils which were donated by The Rock and Art Shop of Bangor.
Orion Starblast Telescope
The Bangor Public Library is circulating our new Orion Starblast Telescope and reservations are open for future use. The Orion Starblast is a 4.5 inch reflective telescope. It comes with instructions about using the telescope, a National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Constellations, and a headlamp. The Telescope was a gift of the Cornerstones of Science.
The 2017 Maine State Park Vehicle Pass will be Available in the Spring
This pass provides FREE admission for one vehicle (up to 17 passenger van) to enter most State Parks and Historic Sites in Maine for one day use only (no camping). Any adult (over the age of 18) with a Bangor Library Card in good standing (no overdue items, fines or billed items) may check out the pass. You must show a valid government-issued identification. Pick up the evening before or day of use. It MUST be back by evening of use or by 10:30am day after use. Due to popularity, the pass cannot be renewed. One pass per family/patron per season.
The following DIY Electronics and Maker Kits are available for check out to students grades 6-12 and of course to adults too!
2 SparkFun Inventor's Kits (Includes and Arduino-compatible SparkFun RedBoard) You provide the computer and the internet connection.
2 Sparkfun Inventor's Kits (for IOIO OTG and Android) An internet connection and Android device is required.
2 Sparkfun Essential Sensor Kits
2 Sparkfun Intermediate Tool Kits
1 Sparkfun Digital Sand Box Kit
1 Sparkfun Learn to Solder
2 Makey Makey Deluxe Kits
2 ProtoSnap-LilyPad Development Boards
2 littleBits Korg Synth Kit
1 littleBits Deluxe Kit
2 Squishy Circuit Kits (You make the conductive and insulating play dough) Watch the TED talk on Squishy Circuits
2 Insignia - Multi-Format Memory Card Readers: (to transfer files between memory cards and PC)
2 Google Chromecasts
The DIY Electronics are funded through a grant received from the Maine Charity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation that was cosponsored by Bangor Public Library, the Discovery Museum and the local Hacker Club.