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These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles

“Libraries aren’t just for books, or even e-books, anymore. They are for checking out cake pans (North Haven, Conn.), snowshoes (Biddeford, Me.), telescopes and microscopes (Ann Arbor, Mich.), American Girl dolls (Lewiston, Me.), fishing rods (Grand Rapids, Minn.), Frisbees and Wiffle balls (Mesa, Ariz.) and mobile hot spot devices (New York and Chicago). Here in Sacramento, where people can check out sewing machines, ukuleles, GoPro cameras and board games, the new service is called the Library of Things.” (via NYT)

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Sacramento Libraries Host Prom Dress Giveaways

“Prom night can be expensive – especially for the ladies.  But, the cost of prom isn’t keeping some local girls from missing out. Girls from Grant High School were out picking out free prom dresses Saturday. “It was a good opportunity ‘cause that’s 300 bucks I could be saving in my pocket,” Rubi Ramirez said. The South Natomas Library is one of seven local libraries collecting formal wear to give out to local teenagers. “We got a lot of dresses that still had the tags on them,” said Youth Services Librarian Marian Simmons.” (via CBS Sacramento)

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Borrow a sewing machine? Sacramento Public Library to start loaning more than books

“Have you ever had the urge to play around with a music synthesizer or take a GoPro camera on an adventure, but didn’t want to own one? It may soon be possible, once the Sacramento Public Library launches its new “Library of Things” program later this month. Library patrons will be able to check out a variety of tools, technology and home appliances the same way they currently borrow books. Now through Feb. 10, the public can vote online for which “arts and innovation” items they want the library to make available for borrowing. The first round of online voting last fall focused on technology items and the second round on tools.” (via The Sacramento Bee)

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Sacramento Library Gets Restitution Check from Embezzlement Case

“The Sacramento Public Library will be getting a check for nearly a half million dollars – not in donations, but in restitution. It all stems from two years ago, when two former employees embezzled close to $800,000 from the library. The district attorney office says it was a devised strategic plan. Dennis Nilsson, once the facilities supervisor, and James Mayle, the former head of security for the library, along with his wife Janie created a fictional shell company to oversee maintenance service for the library, the DA says. (via KTXL FOX40)

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Sacramento library adds 3-D copier to its bag of tricks

“A whirring, mechanical sound fills the air inside a basement office of the Sacramento Public Library’s main branch. It’s the steely and determined sound of the MakerBot Replicator II – a 3-D copier – in the process of making a chain link bracelet. In about 10 minutes, the machine, roughly the size of a large microwave oven, produced three chain links from a design that was uploaded from a digital file.” (via The Sacramento Bee)

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