Library of Things

Our library is more than books! Explore our wide variety of special items and kits available for checkout. Most of these are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be placed on hold, with the exception of the Watts Up Energy Meter. Please ask at the desk or call us at 608-838-9030 to check availability or if you have any questions.

Birding Backpacks

We have 4 Birding Backpacks available. Each backpack includes 2 pairs of binoculars and several birding guides. Backpacks were made possible through generous donations to the McFarland Bird Festival team in the 2023 Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Limit 1 backpack per household at a time. Request at the main desk. 14 day checkout. No holds.

Board Games

Find a wide selection of board games for children and teens/adults. The children's board games are located on top of the early reader shelves. The teen/adult games are on a cart between the young adult area and the music CDs. Please return directly to our library and not other system libraries. 14 day checkout. No holds.

Playaway Launchpads

These kid-friendly tablets are pre-loaded with a variety of educational games, apps, and content with no need for wifi. Kits include a durable protective bumper and USB charging cord. Find our available Launchpads in the children's area on top of the early reader shelves. 14 day checkout. No holds.

Puzzle Exchange

Take and leave puzzles from our exchange (no check out required!) and work on a rotating community puzzle. Our puzzle collection is located between the patron internet computers and our patron hold shelves.

State Park Passes

A limited number of one-day, one-vehicle Wisconsin state park passes are available free to valid library cardholders through the Check Out Wisconsin State Parks At Your Library program. Stop by our main desk to check out a pass.

  • You must select a date (up to a 3-day range) for your park visit. You don't have to specify a park, and the pass can be used at multiple parks on the date specified on the pass.
  • Limit 1 pass per household per month.
  • No holds.
  • Looking for adventure inspriation? Check out the Guide to Parks Near Bookmobile Stops or the Wisconsin DNR State Parks page.

Our children's STEAM kits provide books, games, and activity sets covering a range of STEAM and literacy topics. The kits are in clear zippered bags hanging in the children's area near the Parenting collection. 14 day checkout. No holds.

Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit

This kit includes the supplies and instructions for several activities and experiments to learn about how water affects our lives: Full kit content list. Provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the NIH All of Us Research Program. Request at the main desk. 14 day checkout. No holds.

Thermal Leak Detector

Measure the surface temperature to help detect potential leaks in your home. Request at the main desk. 14 day checkout. No holds.

Tonies Kits

Tonieboxes are durable, kid-friendly, wireless speakers for screen-free listening fun. Place a Tonie character on the box to play pre-loaded songs and stories. Each of our kits comes with a Toniebox and several Tonies. Cards to check out a kit are in our children's area on top of the early reader shelves. Bring the card to our main desk. 14 day checkout. No holds. 

Ukulele Kits

We have 4 Ukelele Kits made possible by donations from our Friends of McFarland Library. Each kit includes a ukulele, tuner, songbook, and chord chart in a canvas carrying bag. Request at the main desk. 14 day checkout. No holds.

Watts Up Energy Meter

Find out the electrical consumption and cost of appliances using this portable energy meter donated by MG&E. Request at the desk or place a hold in LINKcat.