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Expand Your Horizons With Your Library Card

“Try before you buy” with the gear in our Exploration Library

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?

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Dash Robot

Dash

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

Ozobot

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

Sparki Robot

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.

GoPro Gooseneck Clamp

GoPro Gooseneck Clamp

This bendable GoPro gooseneck clamp is the perfect accessory to use for hands-free filming with the GoPro Hero 5.

GoPro Hero 5

GoPro Hero 5

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

Merge VR Glasses

Merge VR Glasses

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

Green Screen kit

Green Screen Lighting Kit

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.

Orion Starblast Telescope

Orion Starblast Telescope

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.

Tripod

Tripod

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.

Backyard Movie bundle with a projector and inflatable screen

Backyard Movie Bundle

Screen a movie at your next outdoor party! This bundle includes everything you need: a 17-foot inflatable screen with air pump included, a Blu-Ray/DVD player, and an outdoor movie projector conveniently stored in a folding wagon.

Document Scanner

Document Scanner

The Brother DSMobile 920DW is a lightweight mobile scanner with single-pass duplex capability, ideal for quickly capturing documents, photos, receipts, laminated IDs, and business cards. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Projector

Projector

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, take the fun outside and project your videos onto your garage for a movie under the stars!

Bocce ball set

Bocce Ball Set

This bocce ball set is a fun outdoor game that is relaxing and strategic. Lawn bowling invites players of different skill levels to enjoy time together.

Giant 4-in-a-row game

Giant 4-in-a-Row Game

Game night will be a hit with this Giant 4-in-a-Row Game where you connect four coins in a row to win. This three-foot, wood constructed set will have players clamoring for their turn.

Bike Locks

Bike Locks

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.

Umbrella

Umbrellas

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

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