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Rochester, IL 62563 Phone: 217.498.8454 Fax: 217.498.8455
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Craft Supply collection
Why craft supplies?
Librarians at the Rochester Library are crafty! We've discovered that lots of our patrons are too! We want to encourage people to try new hobbies, but realize that purchasing all the necessary tools and supplies can get very expense. Also, in an effort to make Rochester more sustainable and eco-friendly, we're trying to reduce waste and recycle more.
The Craft Supply Collection is an interesting twist on that idea...someone donates their unneeded supplies, you check them out and try out a new craft. If you love it, great! When you decide to purchase your own tools, you'll know you're making the right decision. If you didn't fall in love with your new hobby, check out something else from our collection and try again. Even better, use our supplies again and again for all your craft projects!
How do I check out an item?
Browse through the collection and bring your items to the circulation desk. There we will bag your items, check out the bag to you and stamp it with a due date. All craft supply items can be checked out for one month and can be renewed online, in person or over the phone.
What's in this collection?
Eventually, we'd like to have a catalog of all the items in the CSC. Until then, here is an overview. Drop by the library to browse for a specific item or give us a call and we can check on an item for you.
Items available for check out...
- Knitting needles
(straight, circular, double and cable needles in assorted sizes)
- Crochet hooks (assorted sizes)
- Scrapbooking stamps
- Embossing gun
- Manual paper cutter
- Cricut paper cutting machine
(for use in library/community room only)
- Sizzix die cutter
- Sewing needles and sewing accessories
Have a scrap, leave a scrap...
Many donations to the craft supply collection are consumable--yarn, fabric, paper, beads, embroidery floss. We encourage you to take what you'd like for your project and bring in what you no longer need from previous projects.
The Craft Supply Collection is a community collection, consisting of only donated items. We'd like to thank all of those who have donated and will donate to the collection. We couldn't do this without you!
How can I make a donation?
There are two kinds of donations that can be made to the Craft Supply Collection, tools and "consumables". Tools will be available for check-out and consumables (See: "Have a scrap, leave a scrap" above) are available to share. Right now we're looking for the following tools:
- A very basic sewing machine that is easy to maintain.
- Tools and supplies for jewelry making.
- Cricut cartridges and Sizzix dies.
- Any other craft supply you're looking to get rid of! Even if we already have it, we'll take more!
- We're also looking for better storage systems for our scrapbooking supplies and spooled ribbon.
We do not take art supplies such as paints or paint brushes. Cleaning items related to this hobby isn't something we're prepared to take on at this point!
Where can I learn more about my favorite craft?
We've moved all of our crafting books from the non-fiction area to shelving in the craft supply area. Pick up a book, find a project and grab the tools (and maybe even the "consumables") you'll need to complete it. Do all this in one easy trip to your local public library!
Click the link above to access this online database that provides information and instructions for many popular hobbies, crafts and recreational activities. Subject areas include collecting, model building, home & leisure, needlework, outdoors & nature, scrapbooking and paper crafts. Enter your library card number to access the database.