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Exploration Library

Expand your horizons! Explore the world...and beyond!

You can borrow more than books and movies from the Park Ridge Public Library. We now offer a collection of unique items as well. Are you looking for a creative new way to capture your next adventure or make some family memories? Maybe you want to take a peek at the rings of Saturn or the Sea of Tranquility. Ever wanted to get your hands on an interactive robot, but weren't sure where to start? Have you ever headed to the library on a bright sunny day only to be surprised by a rain shower as you're getting ready to check out? Our Exploration Library has you covered!

Checkout Policy Information

‚ÄčAvailable to check out on the 2nd floor from Reader Services


Dash Robot  Check Availability


Dash is a programmable robot great for beginners and young explorers that can move around and interact with its environment. A Bluetooth enabled device and free apps (Go, Wonder, Path, and Blockly) will bring Dash to life.
(iPad not included.)



Ozobot  Check Availability


Another great robot for beginners, Ozobot is a small, smart toy robot that empowers gamers and learners to code, play, create, and connect the physical and digital worlds. Ozobots can be used with web editor Ozoblockly.




Sparki Robot  Check Availability


Ready for more of a challenge? Learn robotics, programming, and electronics with Sparki. Sparki can be programmed with C++ or block based programming using free software downloaded to your computer.





Camera and Film Equipment


GoPro Hero+  Check Availability

    GoPro Hero+ User Manual

GoPro Hero5 Session  Check Availability

    GoPro Hero5 Session User Manual


Capture action footage by attaching this pint-sized portable camera to a person, vehicle, bike, and more. A head strap is included.

**Jaws Flex Clamp available for check out separately.    Check Availability





Green Screen and Lighting Kit   Check Availability


If you can dream it, you can do it. Put yourself and your subjects in a variety of amazing situations without leaving your house! Use your tablet or smartphone to download your favorite green screen app. We like Green Screen by Do Ink ($2.99), but there are plenty of free apps out there as well. 




Merge Virtual Reality Glasses  Check Availability


Immerse yourself in virtual worlds and watch videos in 360 degrees with these Virtual Reality Headsets! Free apps are available from YouTube (for 360 videos), Google Cardboard, Cardboard Camera.
(Smartphone not included.)




Orion Starblast Telescope  Check Availability


Explore the solar system with this compact reflector telescope! Perfect for beginning and intermediate star gazers, this telescope provides bright, detailed views of the moon and planets as well as nebulae and star clusters. A Star Target and 50 Things to See with a Small Telescope are included to help you plan your next extraterrestrial adventure.






Projector  Check Availability


Turn your next movie or game night into a big-screen adventure with this mini portable LED LCD projector! Project onto a wall, or sheet in your home. Or even take the fun outside and project your videos onto your garage for a movie under the stars!




Tripod  Check Availability


This little guy can come in handy when creating green screen videos and pictures! Works with small tablets and phones as well as traditional cameras and video cameras. 












Available to check out from Circulation

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Umbrellas  Check Availability


Keep yourself (and your books) dry in that unexpected downpour by borrowing one of our umbrellas! 









Bike Locks  Check Availability


Browse the Library's collections, enjoy a program, or explore Park Ridge on foot while your bike stays safe outside the library with one of our bike locks!

Looking for more ways to explore?

Suggest an item for us to consider adding to the Exploration Library.

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