PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Libraries across Maine aren’t lending just books these days.
Art prints, American Girl dolls, volleyball and croquet sets, ukuleles, fishing poles, telescopes, sheet music, binoculars, backpacks, energy auditing tools and GPS equipment are just some of the items available at public libraries across the state.
The New Gloucester Public Library lends out cake pans, often in specialty shapes.
At the Patten Free Library in Bath, American Girl dolls are available for checkout along with the associated books.
The Topsham Public Library loans out fishing rods and binoculars, and Portland’s library loans ukuleles and telescopes.
Librarians tell the Portland Press Herald, that the items help them fulfill a library’s key role of bettering people’s lives in a variety of ways, not just through books.