MLC has a variety of non-traditional items for public libraries to borrow. Contact Charlie Simpkins, Special Collections Coordinator, to borrow any of the items on this page: firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-432-4498.
Book Club in a Box Kits
Book Club in a Box Kits are just that: ten copies of the same book along with discussion questions ready for schools and libraries to check out for their book club groups. Kits are available for a three-month period (time to receive, distribute, read, and discuss).
Public libraries and public schools may borrow one of two 3D printers for use in their libraries after completing a successful application, which focuses on partnerships and programming. Read more about the guidelines here.
Mobile Archive Project
With the Mobile Archive Project, libraries can check out a portable scanner for digitizing materials. The kit contains a portable scanner, a laptop with scanner software installed, a black background mat, and all the necessary cables and accessories, but most importantly, the kit comes with a training session by Digitial Documents Coordinator Katie Gill. The kit must be picked up at MLC and can be returned in person or via FedEx with insurance. For more information, contact Katie Gill at 601-432-4497 or email@example.com.
Little Bits Kit
Little Bits Circuit Kit is a great way to get started with the simple concepts of circuitry. Pieces snap together and teach inputs and outputs. The Educator Kit contains 160 pieces.
Little Bits CodingKit
The Little Bits Coding Kit takes the circuit concepts from the original kit and adds coding! The same snap-together elements are directed by code. A laptop and free, downloadable app are needed to run this kit.
LEGO Mindstorm Kits
LEGO Mindstorm Kits allow you to build robots, and then program them to obey commands! Programming is done with pictures, so is simplified for beginners. The kit contains 8 LEGO Mindstorms.
The 3Doodler Kit contains 6 3D pens–think of it as entry-level 3D printing. Draw in the air to make designs come to life!
The MaKey MaKey two-sided circuit board turns everyday objects into replacement keyboards and mice. Learn to turn a banana into a spacebar or use Play-Doh to play a tune! A laptop is required to run this kit, but MLC can loan you one.
Borrow up to three games at a time for use at your game night, or test out a few to see how your community responds. Some games (Boggle, Scrabble, Jenga) can be left out on tables for passive programming; others are for planned events where making noise is part of the fun.
- Apples to Apples Party Edition
- Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Edition
- Walking Dead Yahtzee
The buttonmaker is available for checkout and comes with supplies to make round 2.5” buttons as well. Pickup only.
LEGO and DUPLO Blocks
One set of 15,000 regular LEGO blocks and one set of 450 DUPLO blocks are available to borrow separately.
Our photography kit contains five digital cameras, five copies of a book of photography prompts, and accessories. The kit must be picked up at MLC and can be returned in person or via FedEx with insurance.
Puppet kits contain themed groups of puppets with accompanying books ready for storytimes. Click here for a complete list of puppet kits available.
Sensory Story Kits
Story kits contain one Print/Braille book and number of items related to the book it contains. The kits were created to enhance books for children. Each book contains printed words, illustrations, and Braille making them accessible to readers with and without visual impairments. The items provided in these kits provide a hands-on way for children to experience books and aid in the comprehension and enjoyment of the story. Read more about the available kits here.
The following kits contain books and supplies for several themed activities:
Robot Reading Rally Kit:
The Robot Reading Rally book list and curriculum were created by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. This book club kit has been made available without alteration for nonprofit educational purposes.
- Robots, Robots, Everywhere! – Sue Fliess, illustrated by Bob Staake
- Monkey & Robot – Peter Catalanotto
- Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot – Dav Pilkey, art by Dan Santat
- The Robot Book – Heather Brown
- The Robot and the Bluebird – David Lucas
- The Trouble with Sisters and Robots – Steve Gritton
- Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit – Chris Van Dusen
- The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot – Margaret McNamara and Mark Fearing
- Welcome to Your Awesome Robot – Viviane Schwarz
- Robot Reading Rally Curriculum – MSU Extension Services
- Supplemental materials for 5 Robot Reading Rally activities
STEM Storytime Kit:
- White Rabbit’s Color Book – Alan Baker
- Mouse Paint – Ellen Stoll Walsh
- Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain – Verna Aardema, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
- Parts – Tedd Arnold
- Three lesson plans with materials for five activities included