OSHKOSH – It’s the season of backyard barbecues and reunions, and Oshkosh Public Library staff want to add lawn games to more outdoor gatherings.
The library is offering its patrons the opportunity to check out popular lawn games. Lisa Sumter Voss, assistant director of library development, said the catalog addition helps make summer entertainment more affordable.
“A lot of times people are looking for activities people can enjoy during these events, but to go out and buy a couple lawn games can be a little pricey, and then you have to store them for the rest of the year,” Sumter Voss said. “There’s a lot of benefits to offering something like this to the public.”
The library has seven games available to check out for free: Croquet, cornhole, Giant Toppling Timbers (like giant Jenga), yard dice, bocce ball, a giant wooden dominoes set and burlap potato sack race bags.
Anyone with a library card can check out two games for two weeks at a time.
Sumter Voss said the move came after the library added a collection of board games to rent in 2020, which proved to be popular.
It’s also part of a larger trend she’s seen in libraries around the country adding “less traditional collections,” she said. OPL and other libraries in the Winnefox Library System also offer “Try it Yourself (TIY) Kits” for kids and adults to check out for things such as stargazing, jewelry making, playing a ukulele and more hands-on activities.
“People are very interested in experiences,” Sumter Voss said. “We have to look at the way people live today and evolve to … add value for people in a variety of different ways.”
Offerings such as the TIY Kits and lawn games allow people to try something without having to buy it.
“Maybe you check it out and love it so much that you do end up going out and buying one,” she said. “At least you have the chance to try it before realizing it’s not for you and your family.”
Lawn games, TIY kits and all OPL’s collections are available through the library’s catalog system. Visit oshkoshpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 920-236-5203 to learn more.
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