The North Smithfield Library recently became a fine-free library meaning patrons will not be charged for returning items late. However, patrons still have to pay for lost or damaged materials.
With the rising cost of gasoline, food and everything in between, library officials said this week that it makes sense to take advantage of the many free resources available at local libraries.
“In addition to a basic book and magazine collection, there are newly released DVDs and audiobooks which can be checked out,” the library noted. “A fun family activity may include borrowing one of several S.T.E.M. kits which are designed for middle school-age children. Topics include astronomy, birdwatching and more.”
Recently, the library purchased space-related immersive reality books, which come with virtual reality goggles.
“After downloading the publisher’s free app, the viewer can experience the wonders of the universe in a unique way,” a release noted, adding that for those who find the medium unsettling, the company also offers a video option. Both the STEM and VR kits may be borrowed for one week.
In conjunction with the statewide Summer Reading Program, the North Smithfield Library has a packed calendar of activities scheduled for children and adults to enjoy. Topics include preserving foods, line dancing, meditation, jewelry making, painting, foraging, and more.