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More Than Books: Today's Libraries Lend Everything From Bestsellers to Fishing Poles

Liz Dwyer

Sure, you can still wander through the stacks at your local library, but in some communities, lending's about more than the latest bestselling novel. Today's libraries "try to bring people in simply by offering things they might need around the house, like toys, pots and pans, tools—and even humans." Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association told NPR, ""There are people in the community who say, 'I'm an expert at electronics or plumbing. So put me in the catalog.' "

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