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Snap Circuits – Available for Checkout

Snap circuits, for learners ages 8 and up, teach introductory circuitry skills and help develop understanding about how electronics work. Each set contains 100+ guided projects with easy-to-follow explanations as shown below. PCPL has a variety of Snap Circuit sets available for checkout.

Snap Circuits Jr. (2 AA batteries)

With Snap Circuits Jr., children can curate basic Snap Circuit skills to help prepare for more complex circuits in other kits. This is the most basic kit available.

Place a hold on a Snap Circuits Jr. kit here

Circuit Maker Skill Builder (2 AA batteries)

Circuit Maker Skill Builder helps beginners grasp concepts more complex than those of Snap Circuits Jr. While a beginner can start with any kit, this kit is more complex than Snap Circuits Jr.

Place a hold on Circuit Maker Skill Builder here

3D Illumination (3AA batteries)

The 3D Illumination Snap Circuit kit includes 3D projects with more complex light creations. While a beginner can start with any kit, this kit is more complex than Snap Circuits Jr. and Circuit Maker Skill Builder.

Place a hold on the Snap Circuits 3D Illumination kit here

Light (4 AA batteries)

Snap Circuits Light focuses on different types of light and sound. Create circuits with fiber optic connections, music, or both! While a beginner can start with any kit, this kit is more complex than Snap Circuits Jr. and Circuit Maker Skill Builder.

Place a hold on the Snap Circuits Light kit here

Motion (4 AA batteries)

Snap Circuits Motion combines electrical and mechanical energy to create moving projects. While a beginner can start with any kit, this kit is more complex than Snap Circuits Jr. and Circuit Maker Skill Builder.

Place a hold on the Circuits Motion kit here

Snap Circuits are available to check out for two weeks at a time. Batteries are not included (require 2-4 1.5V AA batteries depending on the set you choose).

Ghost Hunting Kits

Check out one of two Ghost Hunting Kits from the Plain City Public Library, filled with equipment for your next paranormal investigation.

PCPL’s Ghost Hunting Kits include:

POV 4K Ultra HD Camera w/tripod and accessories
Ghost Stop flashlight
Laser Grid Light
Walkie Talkie set
EVP Wrist Recorder
Portable power bank
SBox Scanner (Kit 1)
Flux 2 Response Device (Kit 2)

Ghost Hunting Kit reservations will be made available on a first come, first served basis to current adult Plain City Public Library full-access cardholders in good standing (no lost or overdue library material). Kits may be borrowed for a loan period of 3 days. Borrowers must read and sign the Rental Agreement and Release & Waiver of Liability form before checkout.

Botley the Coding Robot – Available for Checkout

Botley the coding robot, intended for ages 5 and up and 2019 toy of the year, provides children with introductory STEM and coding learning opportunities. With his remote programmer, obstacle detection, and black line following capabilities, program Botley to traverse obstacle courses and help him along on grand adventures or use his detachable arms to deliver objects to friends and family. Botley’s interface is completely screen free, encouraging your child to learn and play off screen.

We have two different sets available: Our first, smaller, set includes the Botley robot, removable arms, a remote programmer, and 40 coding cards to help children visualize the direction they program for Botley. Place a hold on this set.

Our second set includes everything from the first as well as obstacle course accessories including cones, bricks, and flags. This set also includes puzzle-piece boards to use with Botley’s black line following feature. Place a hold on this set.

Botley the Coding Robot, credit: Learning Resources

Botley robots are available to check out for two weeks at a time. No more than one robot at a time per family, please! Batteries are not included (requires 5 AAA batteries).

Additional Botley Resources:

McCabe Memorial Reading Garden to Receive Updates

Please excuse our dust while we put a fresh face on the McCabe Memorial Reading Garden located at the main entrance to the Plain City Public Library at 305 W Main St., Plain City.

To be installed this fall, the new landscaping plan allows for the removal of several trees that have become too crowded and have begun to damage the building, sidewalk, and drainage system. It will also freshen up the area with a focus on additional seating, thoughtful placement of vegetation with a focus on native plants, and an expanded irrigation system. A new library sign will also be installed, donated by the Friends of the Plain City Public Library with funds from the Della Selsor Trust.

Work will begin on the new reading garden the week of August 23, 2021. During construction the entrance to the library will be periodically inaccessible. Library patrons should watch for directional signage to a temporary entrance.

The Library is looking forward to the garden being completed in October for individuals, families, and small groups to use and enjoy. To learn more about the McCabe Memorial Reading garden, visit www.plaincitylib.org or call 614-873-4912.

Please enjoy renderings from the McCabe Memorial Reading Garden design plan below.

Storytime Kits

Storytime Kits are designed to make PCPL’s in-person and online Storytime experience more engaging for children by introducing interactive early learning activities. These kits are appropriate for children ages 2-5 and include instruments and manipulatives that will be used at least once throughout PCPL’s seasonal Storytime sessions.

Storytime Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Visit the library during open hours (Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm) to pick up your child’s Storytime Kit. Kits may not be reserved.

Each of these items will be used in storytime sessions throughout the year but feel free to explore and play with them anytime! Below are some suggested activities to go along with each item. Have fun playing and learning!

Rhythm stick activities: https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/easy-rhythm-sticks-activities-toddlers-preschoolers/

Egg shaker activities: https://picklebums.com/music-shakers/

Bean bag activities: https://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/bean-bag-games.html

Ribbon wand activities: http://www.beactivekids.org/assets/pdf/RibbonActivities.pdf

Silk scarf activities: http://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2019/01/play-silks-and-why-we-love-them.html

Storytime Kits are funded in part through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

Updated 11/15/21

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