Unusual Items

Besides all the great books, movies, music, and digital content available through our libraries, NOPL has a growing collection of non-traditional items available for use.

Fishing Poles

Location: NOPL Brewerton
Loan Period: 1 week, 1 renewal

Give fishing a try! Our rods come with a sinker, hooks, and bobbers, as well as casting instructions and recommendations for places to fish.

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Sphero Robots

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week

Sphero is the world’s first app-enabled robotic ball and a sophisticated companion for your smartphone or tablet. Learn, play, and explore with this awesome robot. Sphero 2.0 rolls at speeds of up to 4.5 mph and pairs to your device via Bluetooth with a range of up to 100 feet.

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Bocce Ball Game Set

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week, 2 renewals

Having a summer get-together? Keep your guests entertained with this fun and competitive lawn-bowling game. Also great for family game night!

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Croquet Game Set

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week, 2 renewals

Having a summer get-together? Keep your family and friends entertained with this fun and classic croquet game. Game set plays six people.

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Horseshoe Game Set

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week,  2 renewals

Play this classic game of skill for two – borrow it from the library! Put it on hold for that family picnic or backyard barbecue.

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Bike Pump

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week

Keep your bicycle tires properly inflated all year long…or at least all riding-season long.

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Bike Locks

Location: All NOPL locations
Loan Period: 3 weeks

Now you can ride your bike to the library and stay a while when the weather is nice, knowing that your bicycle is secure!

Roku Kits

Location: All NOPL locations
Loan Period: 1 week

Access streaming and on-demand television and movies through Netflix and Vudu when you borrow one of our Rokus. You must have wifi access in your home to connect the Roku.

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Chromecast

Location: All NOPL locations
Loan Period: 1 week

Chromecast plugs into your television and connects to your tablet or smartphone, allowing you to “cast” your device’s screen to your TV. Chromecast works with apps like Hoopla, YouTube, and many more – see them all here.

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Thermal Leak Detector

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week

This device uses infrared sensors to detect surface temperatures to help you identify drafts in your home. Fix those drafts and save money on your energy bill!

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Speck Air Quality Monitor

Location: All NOPL locations
Loan Period: 3 weeks

Want to know the if the quality of the air you’re breathing is good?  Speck is a pollution detector that can detect fine particulate matter in your indoor environment.

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ViewMaster

Location: All NOPL locations
Loan Period: 1 week

Experience virtual reality with ViewMaster! Download free virtual reality apps onto your smartphone and then insert it into the ViewMaster for a truly unique experience!

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Makey Makey Kits

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week

Makey Makey is an invention kit that tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything is a keyboard. This allows you to hook up all kinds of fun things as an input. For example, play Mario with a Play-Doh keyboard, or piano with fruit!

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Kilowatt Meter

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week

An easy to use meter that calculates electric usage and cost of household appliances to help you understand and reduce your energy bill.

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Book Club Kits

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 6 weeks

Host your own book club with these kits! The kits contain 10 paperback copies of a title along with a list of discussion questions – there are over two dozen titles to choose from. 

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Sound Level Meter

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week

Use this device to monitor speaker volume levels, determine how loud the neighborhood dog barks, to set up a sound room for practicing music, and more.

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Family Ancestry Video Kits

Location: NOPL Brewerton & North Syracuse
Loan Period: 1 week

These kits include a flip camera, instructions, and sample interview questions. Each NOPL branch has a Family Ancestry Video Kit available for a 1 week loan.

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Scanners

Location: All NOPL locations
Loan Period: 1 week

The portable document scanners come within a kit containing all the essential hookups. Use them with our computers, or follow the simple instructions to connect and use them with yours.

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Film to Digital Converter

Location: NOPL North Syracuse
Loan Period: One library visit

For use within the library only, the film to digital converter works with 35mm negatives and slides (as well as a few other formats) and allows you to save to a flash drive, SD card or computer.

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Civics & Citizenship Toolkit

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 3 weeks

Available at NOPL at Cicero, this toolkit is for immigrants working to obtain U.S. Citizenship.

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Farming Plots

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 Growing Season

“Borrow” a plot of land to grow your own flowers, fruits, and vegetables across the street from the NOPL at Cicero building. Visit our LibraryFarm page for more information.

OCRRA Compost Pass

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: Contact the library for details

Borrow one of two OCRRA Compost Site passes from NOPL at Cicero. 

Umbrellas

Location: All NOPL locations
Loan Period: 3 weeks

Did you come to the library, only to get caught in the rain? Borrow an umbrella on your way out!

Laptops

NOPL Brewerton & Cicero
Loan Period: 1 hour

Laptop computers are for use within the library only. You must have a photo ID to borrow a laptop.

Headphones

Location: All NOPL locations
Loan Period: One library visit

For use within the library only, headphones are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pop-up Books

Location: NOPL Brewerton & North Syracuse
Loan Period: See description

At North Syracuse these books are available for use within the library only. At Brewerton the pop-up books may be checked out for 3 weeks; they cannot be held. 

Piano

Location: NOPL North Syracuse
Loan Period: 1 hour

 The piano is located in the community room at NOPL at North Syracuse; availability depends on event schedule.

Video Games

Location: All NOPL locations
Loan Period: 1 week

NOPL owns games for Wii, Nintendo DS, XBox, PS3 and PSP platforms.  Video games can be held, but they cannot be renewed. 

Dash and Dot Pack

Location: NOPL Cicero
Loan Period: 1 week

Dash & Dot are real robots that teach your kids to code while they play. Using our free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance and navigate all around the house. Sensors on the robot mean they react to the environment around them, including your kids.

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