We now lend items supporting STEM learning:
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics... and more.
This backpack includes a parking pass for free parking/entrance to all Virginia state parks, nature guides, a Port-a-bug field observation container, magnifying lens, and a dip net in a handy backpack.
Available at the Barron F. Black, Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch at Broad Creek, Lafayette, Larchmont, Little Creek, Pretlow Anchor Branch, and Van Wyck branches for a 2 week check out period and may be renewed twice if there are no other patron holds. Limit is one per borrower, although may be combined with one telescope, microscope, GoPro, or binoculars. Items must be returned to the checkout library during open hours and not in the book return.
Learn more about the Virginia State Parks Backpack Program.
Connect up to 10 devices to this battery-powered mobile WiFi Hotspot. Share your data with other wireless devices! The Hotspot works in any area covered by the Sprint 4G LTE Network. Available at any NPL location for a 3 week check out period and may be renewed twice if there are no other patron holds.
Bounty Hunter's Time Ranger detector is a professional-level metal detector. Kit includes an 8-inch search coil, a 4-inch Gold Nugget search coil, a sand scoop, and a carrying bag. Requires a 9-volt battery. Available at Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch, Pretlow Anchor Branch, and Slover Library for a 2 week checkout period and may be renewed twice if there are no other patron holds.
Borrowers must sign a user agreement when checking out this equipment. Be aware that metal detectors may only be used for legal purposes; many public lands are protected by law from relic hunting.
Available only at Slover and Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch at Broad Creek libraries:
The STEM equipment shown below is only available at Slover Library and Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch at Broad Creek to adults with a Norfolk library card (those who live, work, or own property in Norfolk or have paid an annual fee). Limit is one per borrower, although each may be combined with one I Love Virginia State Parks Nature backpack. Items must be returned to the checkout library during open hours and not in the book return.
Learn to play the ukulele using one of the three styles of Magic Fluke Company’s ukulele instruments. Each kit in a bag includes a standard cord chart and a tuner. Borrow an accompanying instructional book or DVD.
This kit includes a telescope, instruction manuals, and a smartphone adapter. It is available at Slover Library to adults with a Norfolk library card (those who live, work, or own property in Norfolk or have paid an annual fee). Limit is one per borrower, although may be combined with one I Love Virginia State Parks Nature backpack. Items must be returned to the checkout library during open hours and not in the book return.
The professional-level Celestron TetraView LCD Digital Microscope is a touchscreen LCD microscope (40x to 400x magnification and up to 1600x with digital zoom) and 4.3" LCD touchscreen. TetraView features four fully achromatic lens objectives, a fully mechanical stage, a 4.3" TFT full color touch screen. A 2 GB SD card is included for the microscope to function, although patrons can use their own to save images from the digital camera. Prepared specimen and blank slides included. Power cord with option to provide own 4 AA batteries for field use.
Accompanying books: The Ultimate Guide to your Microscope by Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone; The World of the Microscope by Chris Oxlade and Corinne Stockley.
Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his path. This learning toy encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning & sequencing and critical thinking.
Description, play ideas, and apps available from Fisher-Price.
A GoPro Hero camcorder with accessories and My GoPro Hero Camera by Jason Rich.
One pair of binoculars in a carrying case.