KITS & UNIQUE ITEMS
We all know that the library lends books, DVDs, and magazines. But did you know that there is SO MUCH MORE you could be borrowing with your library card? Browse our offerings below:
Experience Kits: Be A Tourist In Your Own City
In partnership with the History Center Affiliates Program, we are offering FREE ADMISSION for up to four people to a number of museums and historical sites around Pittsburgh! These experience kits circulate for one week at a time and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Call 412.921.9292 ahead of time to see which kits are available; we will hold kits for up to one hour.
Our 2021 Experience Kit season includes admission to:
- Heinz History Center (includes complimentary admission to Fort Pitt Museum and Meadowcroft!)
- Lincoln Highway Experience
- McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center*
- Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
- Quecreek Mine Rescue Site
- Vicary Mansion*
- Zelienople Historical Society’s Passavant House*
*Pass can be used in lieu of suggested donation (although donations always welcome!)
If you check-out 5 kits before October 1, 2021, submit a raffle entry for a chance to win an outstanding prize basket! Visit this page for more information.
Plus: Before you go, explore the museum’s “virtual experience kit!” Discover what you might see during your visit, learn more about the history of the site, and find other fun things to do in the area while you’re there. Images and text in this virtual kit are “clickable,” and will direct you to external sites.
- Heinz History Center Virtual Kit (includes Fort Pitt Museum and Meadowcroft)
- Lincoln Highway Experience Virtual Kit
- Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Virtual Kit
- McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center Virtual Kit
- Passavant House Virtual Kit
- Vicary Mansion Virtual Kit
- Quecreek Mine Rescue Virtual Kit
Wouldn't it be great if you could access Wi-Fi anytime and anywhere you want? Check out a Wi-Fi hotspot at the library! A Wi-Fi hotspot is a device that you can use to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the Internet. The hotspot is portable, so it goes where you go – on the bus, in a park or at home. It’s perfect for business and leisure travel, too. With the hotspot, users no longer have to contend with roaming charges and spotty internet access while on the road. Of course, borrowing and using the hotspot is free!
You may borrow one Wi-Fi hotspot at a time, which can support up to 15 Wi-Fi enabled devices. The hotspots go out for one week and cannot be renewed. Stop into the library to either pick up a hotspot, if available, or put yourself on the waiting list to receive one later. Like other library items, the hotspots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be lent out in the order in which they are requested. At this time, hotspots cannot be placed on hold from other libraries nor transferred to other libraries through delivery. Hotspots must be returned during regular business hours.
Wi-fi hotspots are just another way that the library is connecting people to the digital world!
Are you looking to go on a new outdoor adventure with your child? Nature backpacks are the answer! Each backpack is themed to a different area of natural exploration (water, plants, wildlife, land and culture) and is filled with information and tools to help you and your child discover nature together. Green Tree is home to two nature backpacks, one about birdwatching and one about plants and fungi. When you check out your first backpack you will receive a Nature Explorer Program passport with a list of all the different backpacks available from libraries around the county. Once you have checked out four of the five different themes you get a prize and a certificate of completion! All bags are available for request on the online catalog. Ask a librarian for more details.
Caring for a loved one is one of the most important responsibilities and privileges a person could have. Especially when a loved one has become aged or dependent on assistance. In an effort to help families care for their loved ones at home, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging are providing caregiver backpacks. They are specifically designed to provide the caregiver with a variety of resources relevant to the nonprofessional, family caregiver.
Preschool Grab Bags
If you're looking to entertain your young child Pre-School Grab Bags are a fantastic way to bring books and learning home. Each themed bag includes four books, a learning manipulative (like a puzzle, toy or puppet) and caregiver tip sheet, all packaged in a sturdy bag made for families on the go. Green Tree is home to four bags; opposites, weather, birds, and music, but there are many more available through the catalog. The bags are wonderful for grandparents with visiting grandchildren, family vacations and more.
Book Club Kits
Our book club kits bundle multiple copies of popular titles, and package them in a durable canvas tote with just one barcode. A designated member/facilitator of the book club can check out the item and distribute and collect books as needed. If your club needs to borrow the books for longer than three weeks, check with a staff member and we can likely extend the due dates.