In April of 1945, exactly two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, Boston City Councilman Izzy Muchnick persuaded the Red Sox to try out three black players in return for a favorable vote to allow the team to play on Sundays. The Red Sox got the councilman’s much-needed vote but the tryout was a sham; the three players would get no closer to the major leagues. It was a lost battle in a war that was ultimately won by Robinson in 1947.
How do you sneak out of a Peruvian town that has been barricaded by the local army? Where can you get treatment for a flesh-eating bacteria your daughter picked up two continents ago? We Came, We Saw, We Left explores the answers to these questions while painting a picture of adventure and connectivity, juggling themes of local politics, global economics, and family dynamics. Author, Charles Wheelan, chronicles nine months across six continents with three teenagers. What could go wrong?
The Cold War was not just a contest of power. It was also about ideas, in the broadest sense―economic and political, artistic and personal. In The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War, the Pulitzer Prize–winning scholar and critic Louis Menand tells the story of American culture in the pivotal years from the end of World War II to Vietnam and shows how changing economic, technological, and social forces put their mark on creations of the mind.
Are you new to tennis, or perhaps a lifetime player but not able to cover a full court due to an injury? Maybe just looking for a new fun paddle sport for the family that you can play in your own driveway? Then Spec Tennis is for you!
Spec Tennis was started in Northern California 4.5 years ago and has recently come to the East Coast. Spec combines elements of tennis, platform tennis and pickleball with a low compression tennis ball on a smaller court. Spec Tennis is great for all ages and is the perfect outdoor family sport.
Looking for a fun way to improve your game? This item from the Library of Things is sure to give you an advantage on the competition.
Our portable Golf Practice Net comes with chipping target and carrying bag.
You can borrow it with your library card and swing into success!
Looking to pick up a new hobby or give a big purchase a test run?
You can borrow our sewing machine with your library card.
Go ahead and get creative!
Everyone gives the credit to Galileo, but telescopes actually got their start in the Netherlands with spectacle makers who were studying the earth in the early 1600’s.
With our telescope and your library card, there is a whole world to explore!
Looking to add some pizzazz to your home dance parties? You can borrow the disco light from the Library of Things.
Plug it in, put on your dancing shoes, and dance the night away!
Music not included (but why not add karaoke?)
Need internet on the go? Borrow a mobile hotspot for online connection anywhere.
It comes with a charger and easy to follow directions.