Did you know that some libraries in the Hudson Valley are offering more than just books? From power tools to ukuleles, an amazing resource is right at our fingertips.

Many public services are struggling in the Hudson Valley. While 15 local post offices faced consolidation last year, libraries are taking initiative by searching new ways to engage the community in order to remain part of their lives (and open). Enter the "Library of Things".

Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz, NY offers more than just books. Other items may be borrowed from thei
Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz, NY offers more than just books. Other items may be borrowed from their "Library of Things" (Google)

The "Library of Things" in New Paltz, NY

The Elting Memorial Library was founded in New Paltz, NY over 100 years ago. With a mission to "promote literacy, build community, and inspire lifelong learning", the institution has expanded their services. While library card-holding residents have always been encouraged to borrow books, the Library of Things allows temporary use of so much more.

Items Available to Borrow from Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz, NY

"In case you don't know, Elting Library lends out things like yard games, yard tools, power washer, sewing machines and much much more. Guessing other libraries do this as well", read a recent post in the New Paltz Community Facebook page. Even longtime community members were surprised.

Sewing Machines and More

"I'm stunned at the power washer", commented one New Paltz resident. "That is unbelievably useful! Seeing machine needed!", exclaimed another. A quick look at their inventory shows the impressive spectrum of items available not only in New Paltz, but across the Hudson Valley.

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The Elting Memorial Library is part of the Mid-Hudson Library System, meaning that in combination with other participating libraries, the list of items is expansive. Running the gamut from internet hotspots and computer keyboards to shovels and post hole diggers, there's something for everybody. Check out some of the more interesting items specifically available in New Paltz, NY below.

7 Awesome Item from New Paltz's "Library of Things"

The Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz, NY offers more than just books. Check out some of the coolest items from their "Library of Things".
*Photos are not of actual items*

Gallery Credit: Jonah

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