The James Kennedy Public Library received new items recently that will benefit library and community members. This is all thanks to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant. All of the items will be available to the public by Nov. 1.

These new assets will be part of the ‘Library of Things’. While there are educational uses to these products, they will also be used to assist city residents in other ways.

“This Library of Things will help the community,” Shirley Vonderhaar, the library’s director said.

The library’s idea was to get items that community members need. Drones, a karaoke machine and a telescope are items that may be needed for only one use, so the library added these things so people can sign them out for the occasion they need them. The library had asked the community what they thought was needed and would be useful to help form a list.

Another idea behind these purchases was to help families that might not have access to some educational features for their children.

“Some families may not have access to things such as blocks or other active learning items,” Vonderhaar said, “and they will be able to access those here now.”

Some more items that they received are a GoPro Camera, video camera, induction burner, instant pot, digital camera, robots, telescope, guitar, 3D pens, microscope, keyboard, outdoor games, air fryer, djembe drum and virtual reality goggles.

The board is still working out some of the rules that will be associated with signing out some of these assets. There will be restrictions based on age and whether or not the person interested is a resident of Dyersville. No final decisions have been made yet. However, being a member of the James Kennedy Public Library will be required to sign out the new attractions.

“This is still a work in progress,” Paul Zurawski, young and emerging adult librarian said. “Some of the smaller items, like blocks, will be ready sooner.”

The Library of Things is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of Iowa.

For more information on the library and memberships, call 563-875-8912.