Beyond Books Collection

The Beyond Books Collection at the Racine Public Library is a variety of equipment and games for our community to check out, from a green screen to tetherball. This collection provides multiple opportunities for lifelong learning and creativity by providing access to tools that allow users to explore new areas of interests and learn new skills.

Patrons can check out up to three board games at a time.  
Patrons can check out up to three items from the create category at a time.
  • Amplifier :
    For the beginning electric guitarist or anyone who wants a small, easy-to-use practice amp with quality tone and a great price, the Frontman 10G is at your service. Conveniently compact and built with classic Fender style, it delivers full sound from its 6" speaker, with a gain control and overdrive switch that rock guitar tones from tube-emulated overdrive to full-strength ultra-saturated distortion -- perfect for blues, metal, and famous Fender clean tone. For convenient personal listening at any time that won't bring the house down on anyone else within earshot, this amp features a headphone output jack. For thick overdriven distortion at the push of a button, the Frontman 10G features a convenient front-panel clean/overdrive switch
  • Canon Camera: The PowerShot ELPH 180 camera features an 8x Optical Zoom so more shots are within your reach. You'll love the flexibility that the wide 28-224mm (35mm equivalent) shooting range offers. Plus, the wide-angle lens captures an expansive image in each shot, adding depth, perspective, and grandeur. Landscapes, city scenes, family shots, and more benefit from the extra width. Whether you're shooting wide group shots or zooming to the telephoto end, your images will be bright and clear. -- Amazon
  • Cassette to MP3 Converter: Convert your old cassettes to MP3 files. It is powered by USB or 2 AA batteries (not included)
  • Cricut Easypress Mini A miniature heat press for unusual objects, tight spaces and hard-to-reach places. Comes with three heat settings for iron-on and infusible ink projects. Comes with the Easypress and a 12"x12" base pad.
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 The Cricut is a DIY cutting machine that can cut shapes, patterns, lettering and more out of 100+ materials, including vinyl, cardstock, faux leather, adhesive foils, specialty paper, posterboard and more. Compatible with iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices.
  • Digital Film Scanner: Film to JPEGS in Seconds - Powerful 14/22MP KODAK film scanner converts old 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8, and 8mm negatives and slides to JPEG digital files. --Amazon
  • Dropmix Music Gaming System: Play music like never before as you face off or team up to win! Everyone can create mixes in this fast-paced music game. Keep the music pumping with 3 ways to play: Freestyle, Clash, and Party.
  • Patrons will need to provide their own film pack and 2 AA batteries. The new, Instax Mini 9 camera retains the ease of use and attractive design elements of the extremely popular Instax Mini 8 while adding five new exciting colors and a couple of new features. The new colors are: Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue and Smokey White. The new, Instax Mini 9 features a selfie mirror for the perfect selfie photo every time. Close up macro photos are now easier thanks to the included close-up lens adapter which allows you to focus on subjects as close as 35-50cm. The Instax Mini 9 retains all of the other great features found in the Mini 8 including: Automatic exposure measurement. The camera signals the recommended aperture setting with a flashing LED light and the user can manually adjust the dial to the recommended setting. This helps the user capture the perfect photo every time. The High-Key mode enables consumers to take brighter pictures with a soft look -perfect for portraits.
  • Green Screen Backdrop for Photography and Video Lighting: This chromakey backdrop system includes everything you need to set up a green screen set up. The backdrop stand is adjustable in height and width. 6ft x 9ft Chromakey green backdrop included. 2 point lighting system at 400w used for video or photography lighting.
  • Hot Glue Gun Comes with one glue gun and four glue sticks.
  • Kalimba Thumb Piano The African-tuned kalimba has a wide and deep repertoire of music from across the vast Zambezi Valley and is thought to be closely related to the original mbira tuning from 1300 years ago. This truly ancient instrument, its inherent musical logic, and a large repertoire of traditional African songs are open to you. Comes with a wooden, 17-key kalimba, a tuning hammer and an instruction book.
  • Knitting Needles Set Comes in 18 different sizes, from 2mm to 10mm. Comes with 18 circular, bamboo needles and 15 sets of double-pointed, bamboo needles.
  • Loom Knitting Set This loom knitting kit comes with 1 pink round loom (9cm), 1 blue round loom (13cm), 1 red round loom (18cm), 1 green round loom (23cm), 1 yellow round loom (28cm), 1 yellow long loom (36cm),1 looming hook, 1 yarn needle, 1 crochet hook (5mm), 1 mini crochet hook, 1 bag of stitch markers, 1 tape measure and 1 instruction sheet.
  • Microphone: Blue’s Snowball iCE is the fastest, easiest way to get high-quality sound for recording and streaming. Its custom cardioid condenser capsule delivers crystal-clear audio quality that’s light-years ahead of your built-in computer microphone. Snowball iCE is even Skype and Discord certified, ensuring great results no matter how you use it. --Amazon.
  • Midi Keyboard Controller: The AKM320 32 mini size master keyboard controller which includes pitch and modulation wheels, volume slider, octave buttons (up & down), transpose buttons (up & down) and sustain pedal input. It's powered via a single USB cable and works instantly with computer building Mac OS X or Windows XP and above. -Amazon.
  • Paper Cutter: Sharp and spring-loaded blade system for safe, cleaner, and straighter cuts. Equipped with extended ruler for easier placement of paper, angle measuring plate, and cm/inch grid scale for precise cutting. The ideal trimmer for home, office, school, and craft use. Can widely be used to cut through A2 A3 A4 A5 papers, cards, photos, coupons, and more. -Amazon.
  • Paper Quilling Kit A basic paper quilling kit to introduce you to the art of paper quilling. Comes with colored quilling paper, a quilling board, a box of pearl pins, a two-headed quilling tool, tweezers, an awl, scissors, a curling coach, a slotted tool, and a precision tip glue bottle. Patrons must provide their own glue.
  • Photo and Document Scanner The easiest way to scan photos and documents — just insert photos or pages one-by-one, then scan. Supports 3x5", 4x6", 5x7", 8x10", 8.5x11" and A4 size photos and documents. Choose between 300 and 600 dpi. Included image enhancement software allows you to quickly enhance and restore old images. Comes with scanning device, lens cleaner, power cord, high-speed cable, calibration sheet and instructions.
  • Reel-to-Reel Converter: A fully automated apparatus to digitize 8 and Super 8 Movie Reels, Frame-by-Frame for high-quality digital conversion. Converts 8 and Super 8 movies into MPEG-4 (MP4) digital movie files at 720P/ 30 fps. Scans and directly saves digital movies into SD/SDHC cards (32GB max, not included). Playback to TV's using the included TV Cable. Compatible with all Windows, Mac and Linux Operating Systems --Amazon.
  • Sewing Machine (Brother brand, ST371HD) A heavy-duty sewing machine designed for flexibility and durability. Can stitch anything from thick, outdoor fabrics to lightweight, elegant silks. Has 37 different utility and decorative stitches. Comes with a foot pedal, six quick-change sewing feet, an oval screwdriver, four bobbins, an extra spool pin, a twin needle, three needles (#11, #14, #16), spool caps “A” and “B”, an instructional DVD, an operation manual and a carrying case.
  • Soprano Ukulele The small body, and the simple playing method makes this the perfect option for players of all ages. The Martin Smith Ukulele has been designed with this in mind, featuring an ergonomic lightweight contoured body that ensures a comfortable playing experience. This basswood body is accompanied with Nylon strings, which need more regular tuning but offer a softer playing experience and warm tones, suitable for beginners. Comes with the ukulele, a carrying bag and a guidebook.
  • Sports Action Camera: Take videos while on the trails and more with the action camera. An SD card is needed.
  • Steel Tongue Drum Kit Comes with a 6" steel drum in a padded bag, two mallets, a tutorial and an instruction card.
  • Touchscreen, Roll-Up Piano Keyboard An 88-key, rechargeable piano keyboard with built-in, 4D, stereo speakers. This keyboard can connect via Bluetooth to computers, phones, speakers and earbuds. Supports midi lines, microphones and MP3 players. Comes with piano, charging cable, sustain petal, instruction book and carrying bag.
  • Wooden Weaving Loom Comes with a weaving loom shuttle, a small weaving comb, a tapestry needle and a plastic needle.
Patrons can check out one item from the gaming Beyond Books collection at a time.  
  • Atari Flashback:Atari flashback 9 HDMI game Console with classic games built-in. Comes with two wired Controllers, SD card slot and 110 classic games. Video output displayed at HD resolution. Features: Centipede. . --Amazon.
  • Nintendo Switch: Get the gaming system that lets you play the games you want, wherever you are, however you like. Includes the Nintendo Switch console and Nintendo Switch dock in black, with contrasting left and right Joy‑Con controllers-one red, one blue. Remove the detachable Joy-Con from either side of Nintendo Switch for more play styles: One player can use a Joy-Con in each hand; Two players can each take one; Multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options.
  • Nintendo Wii Console:  Included in this kit are the console and two controllers. Check out games from our collection and begin gaming at home today!
  • Nintendo Wii U Console: Nintendo Wii U game console system; 1 console, 1 controller, 2 AC adapters, 1 HDMI cable, 1 ultra sensor bar.
  • Playstation 4 Console: 1 game system; 1 console, 1 hand controller, power cable, HDMI cable, USB cable; instructions.
  • Oregon Trail: handheld: Learn about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on The Oregon Trail - one of the most successful computer games of all time! Choose your profession and your traveling companions, then set out on the trek from Independence, Missouri to Oregon's Willamette Valley circa 1848. Fill your covered wagon with supplies and prepare to cross rivers and mountain ranges along the way - hunting for food and trading for supplies as you go. Monitor your traveling pace, supplies, and the health of your party closely to make sure everyone arrives safely and to avoid the dreaded message "You have died of dysentery." --Amazon
  • Sega Genesis Mini Game Console: Games included on this system: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle -- Alisia Dragoon -- Altered Beast -- Beyond Oasis -- Castle of illusion -- Castlevania: Bloodlines -- Columns -- Comix Zone -- Contra: Hard Corps -- Darius -- Dynamite Headdy -- Earthworm Jim -- Ecco the Dolphin -- Eternal Champions -- Ghouls 'n Ghosts -- Golden Axe -- Gunstar Heroes -- Kid Chameleon -- Landstalker -- Light Crusader -- Mega Man: The Wily Wars -- MW IV -- Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium -- Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine -- Road Rash II -- Shining Force -- Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master -- Sonic Spinball -- Sonic The Hedgehog -- Sonic The Hedgehog 2 -- Space Harrier II -- Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition -- Streets of Rage 2 -- Strider -- Super Fantasy Zone -- Tetris -- Thunder Force III -- ToeJam & Earl -- Vectorman -- Virtua Fighter 2 -- Wonder Boy in Monster World -- World of Illusion.
  • Starlink Battle for Atlas Starter: Starter pack; 1 computer chip cartridge (sound, color; 1 1/4 in.), 2 pilots, airwing ship, flamethrower, frost barrage, controller mount; booklet,