November 20, 2018

You can now check out cooking supplies at libraries


Deanna Fox of the Times Union reports that Guilderland Public Library in Guilderland, New York will offer a cake pan and cookie cutter loan program.

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The program pairs nicely with the library’s large selection of cookbooks and their newly added food-related programing and aims to encourage visitors to try new recipes without committing to special bakeware long-term.

Library director Tim Wiles said, “There is a general thought in society that because everything is on the internet, there is no need for libraries in general.” And the success of the lending of material items like bakeware or other items, such as 6-foot folding tables that are often the top checked-out items in the “library of things,” secures the purpose of a library in the age of digital information and media.

As dedicated a MobyLives reader, you probably remember our recent coverage on other non-book services available at the library. One branch of the New York Public Library offers job interview clothes for loan, and most libraries in the U.S. will have Narcan to combat the ongoing opioid crisis. All this material item lending is fantastic, but don’t forget to visit your library for books, too.




Christina Cerio is the Manager of Direct Sales & Special Projects at Melville House.