Hbeyond books collectionaving a party and need some lawn games, chairs, or even a projector to spice things up? Have you ever wanted to try making ice cream? Do you have some old VHS tapes that you wish you could convert to digital files? Wonder how much energy your appliances and devices are gobbling up at home? 

With our new Beyond Books collection, you have a lot of options for fun and different things to checkout with your library card to make your party, park visit, afternoon off, or vacation a lot more fun and interesting. There are also several tools and technology available that are great to have for when you don't want to make an investment in something but just want use it a few times.

All of these useful items in the Beyond Books collection are available for checkout with your library card. Just ask for them at the Circulation Desk.  (Please note that this collection is for Elmwood Park adult patrons only.)

 

Play a game:  Bags  |  Bocce Balls  |  Croquet Set  |  Dominoes  |  Table Tennis  

Learning something new:  Juggling Balls & DVD  |  Ukulele & CD 

Tools & useful items:  Bike Repair Kit  |  Camping Chairs  |  Finger Oximeter  |  Ice Cream Maker  |  Kill a Watt Meter  

Technology:  Earbud Speech Translator  |  Fujifilm Camera  |  Portable DVD Player  |  VHS to Digital Converter  |  Video Projector  |  WiFi Hotspots 

  

Have a suggestion for something you'd like us to have that you think would be popular? Let us know!

 

 

Bags (or Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game)

bags cornhole 400wBags is a popular lawn game with many names, including cornhole, doghouse, baggo, and others. The game involves either two players or two teams that take turns throwing bean bags at a raised platform with a hole in the far end in attempt to score points based on proximity to getting the bags in the hole. One appeal to the game is that it does not actually require a lawn, and is easily played in the driveway, on your patio, or at your tailgate party.

The Library has one set of bags that is available for checkout. Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. During the summer these can be popular, so check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Set includes:  2 platforms, 8 all-weather bean bags (4 red, 4 blue), 1 carrying case

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Bocce Balls

bocce crop1 400wBocce is a relaxed but strategic game that gained massive popularity with the influx of Italian immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. Today, bocce is a calming, competitive way to spend a few hours outdoors in the pleasant company of friends. The game involves strategic tossing of the pallino and bocce balls, and can be played by two players or by two teams.

The Library has two sets of bocce balls that are available for checkout. Ask for them at the Circulation Desk. During the summer these can be popular, so check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold. And don't forget about the beautiful bocce courts across the street from the Library in the Circle where you can play!

Sets include:  8 premium bocce balls, 1 pallino, 1 measuring device, 1 carrying case, rules

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  0 renewals.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Croquet Set

croquet2 400wCroquet is a lawn game that involves hitting plastic or wooden balls with a mallet through hoops embedded in a grass playing court.  It can be played by two or more people, or with two or more teams. Depending on the rules, it can be a relaxed, friendly game, or made into a more challenging, competitive contest.  Either way, don't be an Alice and play with a hedgehog and flamingo, but check out a croquet set from the Library instead!

The Library has one croquet set available for checkout.  Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. During the summer these can be popular, so check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Set includes:  6 mallets, 6 colored balls, 9 wickets, 2 stakes, 1 players manual, 1 carrying bag

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Dominoes (Double-Six)

dominoes 400wDominoes is a very old game originating in China, that made it's way to Europe through Italy in the 18th century, morphing as it went and becoming very popular. It is a tile placement game for 2-4 players, with the goal typically being to either empty your hand or score points as you go, both involving counting the dots, or pips, on the dominoes. The game has dozens of variations that can be played, creating countless hours of gameplay and strategy. While old European domino sets were typically made out of bone or ivory, you can check out a modern, plastic set from the Library.

The Library has one set of double-six dominoes available for checkout.  Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Set includes:  28 white plastic color dot dominoes, 1 metal carrying box, 2 instruction sheets for playing 20 different domino games

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Table Tennis

ping pong 400wAlso known as ping-pong, table tennis is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table net using paddles. Popular the world over, it's even an Olympic sport. Don't have room in your basement to permanently keep a ping-pong table? Check out a table tennis kit from the Library and bring your wicked backspin to parties anywhere.

The Library has one table tennis kit available for checkout.  Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 retractable net with posts, 4 paddles, 3 ping pong balls, 1 carrying bag

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Juggling Balls & DVD

juggling2 400wJuggling is an old, entertaining art of continuously tossing into the air and catching a number of balls or other objects, so as to keep at least one in the air while handling the others. It has been a part of storytelling, comedy, circus acts, and court entertainment for ages, and skill ranges from the simple to the complex and unique.

Intrigued? Then you must start with the basics. Check out a juggling kit that includes an instructional DVD from the Library, so that you can amaze and entertain your friends.

The Library has one juggling kit available for checkout.  Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  3 juggling balls, 1 instructional DVD

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Ukulele & Instructional CD

ukulele2 400wThe ukulele is a member of the lute family of instruments, and typically has four nylon strings. The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of various, small Portuguese guitars, and spread in popularity to the rest of the United States and internationally in the 20th century. If you want to learn to "Tiptoe through the Tulips" like Tiny Tim, then check out a ukulele and instructional CD from the Library, and soon you'll find yourself "Somewhere over the Rainbow."

The Library has one ukulele and instruction CD available for checkout.  Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 soprano wood ukelele, 1 ukulele bag, 1 tuner, 1 instructional CD, 1 chords reference card

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Bike Repair Kit

bike repair2 400wTaking a long bike trip? It's important to be prepared and have the tools you need to make it a safe and successful trip. Check out a bike repair kit from the Library to ensure that if anything goes wrong while biking, you're got the tools to make sure you're not stuck on the side of the road. 

The Library has one bike repair kit that is available for checkout. Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. During the summer these can be popular, so check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 mini bike pump, 1 16-in-1 repair tool, 3 tire pry bars, tire glueless repair patches, 1 needle and inflation valve, 1 black bag

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Camping Chairscamping chairs2c 350w

Heading to the park for a concert? Tailgating with some friends? Going camping? Having a lawn party? No matter the occasion, if you don't have enough outdoor chairs, stop by the Library and pick some up.

The Library has two camping chairs that are available for checkout. Ask for them at the Circulation Desk. During the summer these can be popular, so check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 collapsible chair frame, 1 canvas seat

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Finger Pulse Oximeteroximeter c400w

If you have asthma, COPD, or other lung diseases or medical concerns, you may need to periodically check your oxygen levels. A finger pulse oximeter is a small, lightweight monitor that painlessly attaches to a fingertip to monitor the amount of oxygen carried in the body. While you can check one out at the Library to assist you with home monitoring, don't forget to consult with your physician. 

The Library has one oximeter that is available for checkout. Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 finger oximeter device, 2 AAA batteries, 1 instruction manual, 1 lanyard carrying case.

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Ice Cream Maker

ice cream maker 400wI scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! Want to learn how to make ice cream and try making your own funky flavors? Maybe you're hosting a party and want to add that fun, homemade touch of something unique? Check out this simple ice cream maker from the Library and make some delicious memories!  Unit makes frozen yogurt, ice cream, gelato, and sorbet. Features include 2 quart capacity, electronic touchpad controls, digital display, countdown timer, and a super-fast run time.  Ingredients NOT included.

The Library has one ice cream maker that is available for checkout. Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 ice cream maker (1 base, 1 freezer bowl, 1 mixing arm, 1 lid, 1 capitolo), 1 quick-start guide, 1 manual

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Kill a Watt Meter

IMG 1074 Kill a watt 1000Check out this easy to use meter that calculates electric usage and cost of household appliances to help you understand and reduce your energy bill. Plug in the Kill A Watt energy detector at your home or office, and find out exactly how much electricity each device is using. It also provides the ability to determine electrical expense by the day, week, month or year; and can be used to evaluate the quality of the electrical power from a utility company by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor.

The Library has one Kill a Watt meters that is available for checkout. Ask for them at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 electricity usage monitor, 1 printed instruction sheet, 1 efficiency savings guide sheet, 1 canvas pouch

Loan Rules:  3 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $0.15 a day overdue fines.

 

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Pilot Speech Translator Earbuds

pilot translator ear buds 400wHeading off to see the world and but don't want to learn a new language? Or maybe you've got a relative visiting and you wish you had a translator so there wasn't awkward silence? Now you can check out a pair of Pilot Speech Translator Earbuds at the Library so that you can bridge those language barriers and make more meaningful connections, whether home or abroad.

The Pilot Speech Translator is sleek and specially designed earbuds built to capture speech with high definition clarity for accurate translation. With Bluetooth technology to connect to the required Pilot Speech Translator app (Apple iOS or Google Play), these earbuds can help you translate 15 different languages. Use solo to understand a tour guide, movie, etc., or share with someone so that you can have a conversation. Once the app and earbuds are paired, you can listen as words are translated right into your ear, as well as transcribed text on your screen.  The earbuds have up to four hours of battery life, with up to 16 additional hours with the portable charging case. Visit Waverly Labs to find out more.

The Library has one set of Pilot Speech Translator Earbuds that is available for checkout. Ask for them at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  2 pilot earbuds, 1 earbuds case, 1 charging cord, 1 user manual

Loan Rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Camera 

fujifilm camera 400wRemember the good ol' days of using your Polaroid camera and waving the photo around while waiting for it to develop?  Everything old is new again!  Now you can check out a Fujifilm Instax Camera from the Library and get nostalgic by taking instant photos at your party, event, or vacation.  Features include a stylish, retro design that offers a full range of camera functions. Featuring a variety of new shooting modes, the INSTAX Mini 90 now includes double exposure and macro modes for users who want to express their photographic creativity with beautiful image quality.  NOTE: Film is NOT included, but can be purchased here on Amazon.

The Library has 1 instant camera that is available for checkout. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 camera, 1 shoulder strap, 1 NP-45S rechargeable li-ion battery, 1 BC-45c Battery Charger, 3 instruction manuals

Loan rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Portable DVD Player

dvd player2 400wGoing on a trip and want to be able to watch movies in the car, plane, or hotel room? Or maybe someone in your family is hogging the TV and you want to watch something in the comfort of bed or your favorite chair.  Check out a portable DVD player from the Library and watch a video wherever you want!  Features include a swivel flip screen, rechargeable battery with 4 hour life, SD card slot, USB port, and a break-point memory function,which means the DVD will pick up from where you left off last time.

The Library has one portable DVD player that is available for checkout. Ask for them at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 portable DVD player, 1 remote control, 1 AC adapter, 1 DC car charger, 1 AV cable, 1 user manual, 1 carrying case

Loan Rules:  3 week checkout.  0 renewals.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $2.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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VHS to Digital Converter Kit

vhs converter2 400wDo you have old VHS tapes that you wish you could convert to a digital format, so that you can watch some vintage family video, or enjoy those old episodes you recorded back in the day?  Check out a VHS to Digital Converter Kit from the Library, and bring your old memories into the modern age. 

Elgato Video Capture transfers video from analog sources (such as a VCR or camcorder) to your computer. The easy-to-use Elgato Video Captrue software guides you through every step, from connecting an analogue video source to capturing video as a high quality file. With just one click, you can add your video to iTunes or to your Windows Media Player library; you can play back the video on your computer or sync it with your iPad or iPhone; you can upload your video directly to YouTube; and you can edit it right away in iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker.  Includes a CD that contains software and driver necessary to use Elgato video capture as well as a PDF manual for using the device. 

The Library has one VHS to DVD converter kit that is available for checkout. Ask for it at the Circulation Desk. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 VCR, 1 Elgato video capture device, 1 composite video/RCA cable, 1 Composite-to-SCART adapter, 1 CD, 1 VHS cleaner tape, 1 quick-start guide

Loan Rules:  3 week checkout.  0 renewals.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $2.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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Video Projector

projector 400wNeed a way to project your presentation for a meeting? Want to take your movies outside to your backyard or the park? Check out a video projector from the Library and stop being limited by your TV or computer screen, and get a portable, big screen experience.  Features include a projection distance of 32', 1080P HD video, multiple inputs, built-in stereo speakers with SRS Sound, and fast, easy setup.

The Library has 1 video projector kit that is available for checkout. Check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Kit includes:  1 video projector, 1 HDMI cable, 1 audio cable, 1 power cable, 1 remote control, 1 cleaning cloth, 1 lens cover, 1 user manual

Loan rules:  1 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

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WiFi Hotspots 

wifi hotspot2 400wWe have become so accustomed to having internet available all the time, it can be a shock when we go somewhere without it. Now you can take the internet with you wherever you go! Bring it to the park, or take it with you in the car on vacation. Wherever you're going, check out a WiFi hotspot from the Library first before you leave.

The Library has 9 mobile WiFi hotspots that are available for checkout. These items are very popular, so check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold.

Sets include:  1 mobile WiFi hotspot, 1 micro USB power cord, instructions in English & Spanish

Loan rules:  3 week checkout.  2 renewals if there are no holds.  Adults only.  Elmwood Park residents only. $1.00 a day overdue fines.

 

 

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