Jackson County Library Services expands its 'Library of Things'

The library is adding more than a dozen items people will be able to check out.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 5:51 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2020 5:59 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- Most people are used to checking out a book or movie from their local library. Now, people in Jackson County can add an air fryer to that list. 

Jackson County Library Services is expanding its "Library of Things." 

The library system started its Library of Things in fall of 2018.  Back then, all you could check out was a ukulele. The program has grown in the last year. It's adding things like wireless hotspots, Kindles, kill-a-watt monitors, sewing machines, and puzzles. 

“Two years ago we launched our hot spots and ukulele program around the same time and it was very, very popular, a lot of holds queued up immediately, ukele’s and the hot spots are in constant circulation so people are really enjoying using those, and we thought hey its popular, people like this, how can we expand," said Ashley Johnson. She's the Technical Services Supervisor at Jackson County Library Services. 

Now, the library is expanding again. People will soon be able to rent out board and card games, pickleball sets, projectors, cameras, a metal detector, air fryer, Instant Pot, sous vide, PA system, green screen, and more.

You need to be a library card holder to rent out the items. 

People can try out the new items for themselves Saturday, February 1. The Medford branch is holding the "Library of Things Mystery Lab." It's geared towards adults, but anyone is welcome. The event goes from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the upstairs south wedge area. 

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