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Free: Libraries loan electronics, robotics & other gear

You name it. Family-friendly fun. Yoga. Educational workshops. Tutoring. Technology & digital equipment.  Take-home tablets. Language lessons. Entertainment.

It’s likely offered at a Broward library. Or,  online via the website.

Most everything offered from Broward Library is free.

 If you need a library card, obtain it  for free, including online versions. Read our feature, Register online for free e-card for online resources.

Equipment on loan

  • Digital tablets
  • Playaway Launchpad Learning Tablets loaded with  fun & educational apps
  • Sphero: Spherical robotic device
  • iPads pre-loaded for eligible youngsters in K-3rd grade
  • BB8 Sphero: Spherical robotic device modeled on Star Wars’ BB-8 droid
  • Raspberry Pi kits: Simple single-board computers that teach coding and other tech skills
  • Snap Circuits: Electronic kits that help children learn and understand engineering concepts
  • MERGE Cubes  interact with 3D objects using augmented reality (AR) technology
  • Intuos drawing tablets: Use to “digitize” physical pieces of artwork
  • Finch Robots: Helps students as young as five learn about computer science and coding
  • Circuit Scribe: Ball-point pen containing silver conductive ink that can draw circuits instantly on a flexible surface, like paper.
  • LEGO Mindstorms: Use to create and command your own robotic LEGO creatures, vehicles, machines and inventions
  • Birdwatching backpacks

nformation about equipment on loan is online

In-person & outdoor pick-ups

Libraries in Broward are open select days for inside use, while also offering virtual events & resources. Outside pick-ups and drop-offs for reserved items. In-person schedules vary for different libraries, and distancing requirements are in effect. Outdoor pick-up  is offered at a variety of branch  libraries except Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center & Nova Southeastern University Library.  Outdoor pick-ups are offered for reserved books, DVDs, tablets with internet service and other library items. Reserve materials using online catalog or by calling your local library

In-person schedules vary for different libraries, and distancing requirements are in effect.

Facial masks are required.

If you’d rather not venture inside, libraries offer virtual resources & events, and offer outdoor pickups and drop-offs for reserved items.

Online Events include

  • 2 p.m. Tuesdays  Anime for Tweens & Teens, register
  • 12 p.m. Tuesdays chair yoga from Broward Library, register online
  • Read about live online events for all ages, including workshops, lectures & fun for youngsters
  • Youtube channel  includes librarian-led storytimes, film reviews, study tutorials, arts-and-crafts & other videos
  • online resources and eMedia, including  TV shows, songs and albums; language-learning apps, movies,  live, online tutoring and job/career counseling, classes,  eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazine

Online resources include

Obtain library cards for free, including online. Read our feature, Register online for free e-card.  Information about Broward libraries is on the website.

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