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The Yorba Linda Public Library offers a variety of technology, equipment, and learning kits to provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore, grow, and learn. Become an amateur astronomer and get an up close view of the moon and other planets in your own backyard with our telescope kit. Our projectors are the perfect tool to show educational movies, to display presentations, or use for a school project.

Chromebooks

About the Chromebooks

The Library has six (6) Acer Chromebook Spin 513s available for loan. Four (4) Chromebook Kits  include a Hotspot. Two (2) Chromebooks  circulate without a Hotspot. If you are interested in exclusively checking out a Hotspot, please visit the Library’s catalog for Hotspot availability.

Borrowing a Chromebook or Chromebook Kit

  • Patrons 12 and older, with a Yorba Linda Public Library card in good standing, can check out a Chromebook or a Chromebook kit.
  • Chromebooks are available for a 3-week loan and are renewable up to four (4) times.
  • Only one Chromebook or Chromebook kit can be checked out at a time, per card.
  • A replacement fee of up to $560 for Chromebooks and a fee of up to $645 for Chromebook kits, along with peripherals, may be charged if any items included are damaged or lost.
  • Please return the Chromebook or the Chromebook kit to a staff member inside the library, during normal business hours. Do not return the items to the external library bookdrops.

Basic Chromebook User Guide

For a basic user guide on the Acer Chromebook Spin 513, click here. For a basic user guide on the T9 Franklin Mobile Hotspot, click here.

Proper Care and Use

  • As with any equipment, use care when handling.
  • The Chromebook or Chromebook kit may not be altered in any way. This includes, but is not limited to, switching out any materials contained here within, adding/removing stickers, adding/removing hardware or software, etc.

Explorer Kit: Birdwatching

Explorer Kit: Birdwatching

Birdwatching is a fun hobby that can be shared by all ages and skill levels. This kit includes a pair of binoculars for adults and children, as well as guides to local bird guides for easy identification!

Included with the Birdwatching Kit

  • Venture Pal backpack, children’s binoculars, adult binoculars, orienteering compass, Mac’s Field Guide to Southern California Park and Garden Birds, Birds of Southern California, and Birds of California Field Guide.

Borrowing a Birdwatching Kit

  • Patrons with a valid Yorba Linda Public Library card, in good standing, can check out a kit.
  • Kits check out for ten (10) days and are not renewable.
  • Only one birdwatching kit can be checked out at a time, per library card.
  • Fines and Fees: A fine of 20 cents per day will be charged if a birdwatching kit is overdue.
  • A replacement fee of up to $250 per kit will be charged if the Birdwatching Kit or any items included in the kit are damaged or lost.

Proper Care and Use

  • As with any library materials and equipment, use care when handling.
  • The Birdwatching Kits may not be altered in any way. This includes, but is not limited to, switching out materials contained here within, adding stickers, removing/rewiring hardware, etc.

This project is generously funded by a grant through the California State Library.

Explorer Kit: Bug Identification

Explorer Kit: Bug Identification

Bug identification is a fun hobby that can be shared by all ages and skill levels. This kit includes guides on local insect identification!

Included with the Bug Identification Kit

  • Venture Pal backpack, BugLoupe Magnifier, Mac’s Field Guide to Garden Bugs of California, Field Guide to California Insects, Pocket Guide: Insects of North America.

Borrowing a Bug Identification Kit

  • Patrons with a valid Yorba Linda Public Library card, in good standing, can check out a kit.
  • Kits check out for ten (10) days and are not renewable. (or 3 weeks, or allow to renew?)
  • Only one bug identification kit can be checked out at a time, per library card.
  • Fines and fees: A fine of 20 cents per day will be charged if a bug identification kit is overdue.
  • A replacement fee of up to $90 per kit will be charged if the Bug Identification Kit or any items included in the kit are damaged or lost.

Proper Care and Use

  • As with any library materials and equipment, use care when handling.
  • The Bug Identification Kit may not be altered in any way. This includes, but is not limited to, switching out materials contained here within, adding stickers, removing/rewiring hardware, etc.

This project is generously funded by a grant through the California State Library.

Explorer Kit: Stargazing

Explorer Kit: Stargazing

Teach yourself the planets and constellations of the night sky by borrowing a Stargazing Kit!

Included with the Stargazing Kit

  • Venture Pal backpack, Nikon Aculon Binoculars, LED rechargeable flashlight, orienteering compass, Star Finder: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Night Sky, Backyard Guide to the Night Sky

Borrowing a Stargazing Kit

  • Patrons with a valid Yorba Linda Public Library card, in good standing, can check out a kit.
  • Kits check out for ten (10) days and are not renewable.
  • Only one stargazing kit can be checked out at a time, per library card.
  • Fines and fees: A fine of 20 cents per day will be charged if a stargazing kit is overdue.
  • A replacement fee of up to $250 per kit will be charged if the Stargazing Kit or any items in the kit are damaged or lost.

Proper Care and Use

  • As with any library materials and equipment, use care when handling.
  • The Stargazing kit may not be altered in any way. This includes, but is not limited to, switching out materials contained here within, adding stickers, removing/rewiring hardware, etc.

This project is generously funded by a grant through the California State Library.

Hotspots

About the Hotspots

The Library has six (6) T9 Franklin Mobile hotspots available for loan.

Borrowing a Hotspot

  • Patrons 12 and older with a Yorba Linda Public Library card in good standing can check out a hotspot.
  • Hotspots are available for a ten (10) day loan and are renewable up to four (4) times.
  • Only one hotspot can be checked out at a time, per card.
  • A replacement fee of up to $85 for hotspots and peripherals may be charged if the hotspot or any items included are damaged or lost.
  • Please return the hotspot to a staff member inside the library, during normal business hours. Do not return the hotspot in the external library bookdrops.

Basic Hotspot User Guide

For a basic user guide on the T9 Franklin Mobile Hotspot, click here.

Proper Care and Use

  • As with any equipment, use care when handling.
  • The hotspot may not be altered in any way. This includes but is not limited to: switching out any materials contained here within, adding/removing stickers, etc.

Makey Makey

About the Makey Makey

Become an amateur inventor at the Yorba Linda Public Library by borrowing a Makey Makey Inventor Kit. Turn your staircase into a keyboard, make your own touchpad, and more! Makey Makey teaches the basics of circuit building by letting you connect everyday items to computer programs.

A Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. When the small circuit board is connected to a computer it allows users to turn everyday conductive objects into touchpads and keyboards. For example, plug the board into a computer via the USB cable and alligator clip two conductive objects, yourself, and a banana, to the Makey Makey board. When you touch the banana, you close the circuit, and Makey Makey sends the computer a keyboard message. What can you create?

Included with the Makey Makey Inventor Kit

  • Makey Makey Board
  • 8 alligator clips
  • 8 connector wires
  • 1 usb cable
  • 1 conductive pencil (high carbon lead for drawing circutis)
  • 1 illustrated Instruction guide

Borrowing a Makey Makey

  • Patrons with a Yorba Linda Public Library card in good standing can check out a kit.
  • Makey Makey Kits check out for three (3) weeks and are non-renewable.
  • Only one makey makey kit can be checked out at a time per card.
  • Fines and Fees: A fee of 20 cents per day will be charged if a telescope is overdue.
  • A replacement fee of up to $55 per kit will be charged if the Makey Makey or any of the items included in the kit are damaged or lost.

Proper Care and Use

As with any equipment, use care when handling.

The Makey Makey may not be altered in any way. This includes but is not limited to: switching out any materials contained here within, adding stickers, removing/rewiring hardware, etc.

Memory Kit

About the Memory & Activity Care Kits

The Library is pleased to offer a series of Memory & Activity Care Kits to aid caregivers and families in providing mental stimulation to those experiencing Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illnesses. Research suggests that interactive materials used with people experiencing dementia promotes positive results. Kits include books, games, and other activities to spark discussion and enhance brain stimulation. Memory kits are centered around specific decades (such as the 1950s) to help those with memory loss recall enjoyable times in the past. To view a list of available kits, please visit the Library’s online catalog.

Types of Memory & Activity Care Kits

  • 1940s Memory Kit includes picture books, conversation cards, playing cards, View Master, and slinky.
  • 1950s Memory Kit includes picture books, conversation cards, Dominoes, playing cards, and toy cars.
  • 1960s Memory Kit includes picture books, conversation cards, Etch A Sketch, playing cards, and toy cars.
  • Beginning to Middle Stages Activity Care Kit includes games, jigsaw puzzle, and picture books.
  • Middle to Late Stages Activity Care Kit includes flash cards, jigsaw puzzle, picture bingo, track maze, and picture books.

Borrowing a Memory & Activity Care Kit

  • Patrons with a Yorba Linda Public Library card in good standing can check out a kit.
  • Memory & Activity Care Kits check out for ten (10) days and are eligible for renewal.
  • Only one Memory & Activity Care Kit can be checked out at a time, per library card.
  • Fines and fees: A fee of 20 cents per day will be charged if a kit is overdue. Replacement fees for kits or any items included in the kit that become damaged or lost will be charged a replacement fee.

Projectors

About the Projector

Need a projector for school, a presentation, or crafting project? The Library has two Fangor WI-FI projector.

Included with the Projector:

  • Projector (WxLxH 6.5″ x 9″ x 3.5″)
  • Carrying case
  • Remote control
  • Power cord, AC/DC adapter
  • VGA cable
  • HDMI cable
  • AV cable
  • Tripod
  • User manual.

Borrowing a Projector

  • Patrons 18 years and older with a Yorba Linda Public Library card in good standing can check out a projector.
  • Projectors check out for ten (10) days and are non-renewable.
  • Only one projector can be checked out at a time per card.
  • Fines and Fees: A fee of $2 per day will be charged if a projector is overdue.
  • A replacement fee of up to $165 per projector will be charged if the projector or any of the items included in the kit are damaged or lost.

Telescope

About the Telescope

Become an amateur astronomer at the Yorba Linda Public Library by borrowing one of our Orion Starblasts Telescopes. Explore the night sky and experience the excitement that comes from discovery.

The StarBlast 4.5 inch Astronomical Telescope is easy to use and robust. There is nothing to assemble. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than once could see with the common beginner’s telescope. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the eyepiece longer.

Included with the Telescope

  • Orion 4.5 Starblast Telescope
  • Instruction manual for telescope
  • Star Target planishpere
  • Orion Telescope Observer’s Guide book
  • MoonMap 260
  • Pack n roll cart
  • Red LED headlamp
  • Simply Stargazing book
  • 17 mm eyepiece
  • 6 mm eyepiece

Borrowing a Telescope

  • Patrons 18 years and older with a Yorba Linda Public Library card in good standing can check out a telescope.
  • Telescopes check out for three (3) weeks and are non-renewable.
  • Only one telescope can be checked out at a time per card.
  • Fines and Fees: A fee of 20 cents per day will be charged if a telescope is overdue.
  • A replacement fee of up to $300 per telescope will be charged if the telescope or any of the items included in the kit are damaged or lost.

Proper Care and Use

  • As with any equipment, use care when handling.
  • The telescope may not be altered in any way. This includes but is not limited to: switching out any materials contained here within, adding stickers, removing/rewiring hardware, etc.