Special Collections: Beyond Books

Board Games

We have dozens of modern and classic board games. From easy and silly like Happy Salmon to classic and kid-friendly like Connect 4 to complex and challenging like Dominion, we have a game for everybody!

Loan period: 1 week, 1 renewal

Overdue fines: 25¢ per day to a maximum of $5 per game

Cake Pans

Need a special cake for a special occasion? Don’t spend the money for a pan you’ll only use one time! We have dozens of shaped pans, a cake carrier, mini bundt tins, cookie cutters and more for you to borrow.

Loan period: 1 week, 1 renewal

Overdue fines: 25¢ per day to a maximum of $5 per pan

Discovery Passes

Free family passes to local museums, including Exploration Place and Barkerville. Find out more here.

Puzzles

From 50 pieces to 500+ pieces, we have a large selection of puzzles for you to enjoy for free.

Loan period: 3 weeks, 2 renewals

Overdue fines: 25¢ per day to a maximum of $5 per puzzle

Storytime Kits, Grab Bags, Book & CD Kits for Kids

We have all sorts of fun ways to enjoy reading with your children.

Storytime kits help you bring storytime home. Each kit has books and a puzzle, finger puppets, or flannel boards on a theme. All you need is a few songs and you’re ready to go!

If you’re in a hurry, why not grab a Surprise Grab Bag? Each bag has books and a game or DVD for kids. No peeking – it’s a surprise!

If your kid is best engaged by listening, try a Book and CD kit. Read along as you listen to the story for a double-hit of learning and enjoyment!

Loan period: 3 weeks, 2 renewals

Overdue fines: None

Seeds

We lend organic, heirloom seeds for you to grow and return! Find out more about the collection on our Seed Library page and more about the Using the Seed Library.

Technology Kits

Get your kids into STEM learning through playing with robots! We have several technology kits for you to borrow without breaking the bank, including:

  • Ozobots
  • Dash and Dot Robots
  • Snap Circuits
  • Makey Makey
  • Kiva Blocks
  • Pocket Microscope
  • LittleBits

Loan period: 2 weeks, 1 renewal

Overdue fines: $1 per day to a maximum of $10 per kit

**Due to the expensive nature of these items, technology kits cannot be checked out on Juvenile or Temporary cards.

For In-Library Use

We have the following for use in the Library at any time:

  • Tubs of Lego!
  • Laptops
  • Noise-cancelling headphones (adults only)
  • Animal headphones for kids