The Boston Free Library is so much more than books. Beyond the extensive collection of audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, you can now check out a wide range of items at the library.
Thanks to a generous grant secured by State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, the library has been able to make several updates and additions to the technology available both at the library and to take home.
Beginning in February, the library is expanding its collection to include items like a metal detector, outdoor projector and screen, karaoke machine, video camera, ukulele, green screen, trail camera, therapy light, digital radon detector, telescope and a bubble machine.
Patrons will also be able to check out a record player that will convert vinyl records, cassettes and CDs to a USB and film converters that can convert film slides, negatives, photos and Super 8 or 8mm film to an SD card.
In 2018, the library also began circulating yard games including bocce, Kan Jam, corn hole, badminton, volleyball, croquet, Kubb, ladder ball and Giant Jenga.
These items will all be available for people to borrow for a seven-day loan period with a valid Buffalo and Erie County Public Library adult library card. Items must be picked up and returned at the Boston Free Library.
Also purchased with grant funds, the Boston Free Library now has a 3D printer available for public use. At 5 cents per gram for finished projects, the price is right to come in and learn how to use this amazing technology.