WiFi Hotspots

  1. Customers must be 18 years or older with a Library card in good standing to borrow a Mobile Hotspot.
  2. Use of the device is subject to the Library’s Public Internet Services Policy. Customers will sign that they agree to all terms and conditions before being permitted to borrow a Hotspot.
  3. Service is available within Ontario. There is no roaming access.
  4. The Library does not monitor or store any data related to users’ Internet use.
  5. The replacement cost if the Hotspot is damaged, lost, or not returned is $200.00. Accessories such as the charger and cord will be charged according to replacement prices, typically $50. Hotspots may not be returned in the Book Drop, but must be returned in person to the circulation desk during the Library’s open hours.
  6. Customers will be asked to complete an online survey about the Hotspot program: surveymonkey.com/r/MPLhotspot
  7. Hotspots may be checked out for a three week period. The overdue fee is $2.00 per day. Internet will be suspended the day after the Hotspot is due to be returned. Customers who have been negligent with Hotspots or about returning Hotspots may be denied future Hotspot loans.

Customers are not automatically placed back on the list to reserve a Hotspot. They must place a hold for their next Hotspot loan themselves, or by contacting staff, each time. Place your hold on a Hotspot here.

Maker @ Home Kits

MPL’s Maker @ Home Kits bring the MakerPlace to you! Adult members can borrow a kit for two weeks. Place your holds here. Contact makerplace@midlandlibrary.com with questions!

  • Ozobots
    • Teach kids coding with Ozobots – small programmable robots that can identify lines, colors, and code sequences on both digital surfaces, such as tablets, and physical surfaces, like paper.
    • Check out this introductory video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm_H8HXWFZ4
  • Makey Makey
    • The Makey Makey is an electronic invention kit for all ages! The Makey Makey allows you to take everyday objects like bananas, playdough, or even tinfoil, and combine them with the internet. Using a circuit board, alligator clips, and a USB cable, this toy uses closed loop electrical signals to control your computer! A home laptop or desktop computer is required.
    • Learn more in Makey Makey’s How-to Guides: https://makeymakey.com/pages/how-to
  • Arduino 
    • Arduino boards are a great place to get started when learning about coding and electronics. They are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board! A home laptop or desktop computer is required.
    • Learn more in the ‘Getting Started’ Guide: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/ArduinoUno
    • Find additional tutorials here: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/HomePage
  • Dash and Dot
    • Dash and Dot are robots made for kids! Dash is a small mobile robot that is full of character and drives around making noises and shining lights. Dot is his sidekick. The robots help kids learn the basics of robotics and coding though play. The Wonder Workshop kit, which includes a xylophone and catapult, will spark creativity and encourage kids to use their imagination! A tablet and free app are required for controlling Dash and Dot.
    • Find the list of easy-to-use, free apps here: https://www.makewonder.com/apps/
    • Find the introductory video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA9py48X6_o
  • Google Cardboard VR
    • Get it, fold it, and look inside to enter the world of Cardboard. Google Cardboard is a VR experience starting with a simple viewer that anyone can use to explore a variety of awesome apps! Google Cardboard is an inexpensive handheld device that powers a virtual reality (VR) experience using almost any smartphone.
    • You need only 3 things to use Google Cardboard:
      • Cardboard viewer: The “hardware” that is used to view VR content with a smartphone
      • Smartphone: Supplied by you, &
      • Android app: Created by third-party developers
    • Apps here: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=cardboard%20apps&c=apps&hl=en_US
    • Safety instructions here.
  • Stop Motion Animation Kit
    • In our stop motion animation kit, you will find everything you need to make your own home Claymation movie! Included in the kit are a DIY green screen studio, a miniature tripod, and of course, playdough! Your own computer, smartphone, or tablet is required.
    • We recommend using the Stikbot Studio App!
    • Learn more about stop motion animation here: https://tinkerlab.com/easy-stop-motion-animation-kids/
  • Lego Kit 
  • Make Do
  • Spirograph Kit
    • Since it was first introduced in 1965, Spirograph has made it possible for aspiring artists of all ages to create beautifully intricate designs. The distinctive wheels and rings of Spirograph cleverly combine the principles of art and mathematics in a way that has inspired and delighted generations. This updated classic features precision engineered wheels and rings that are designed to work with most any pen, marker or pencil.
    • Learn more here: https://spirographicart.com/spirograph-tips-and-how-tos/

Ontario Parks Day Pass

The Library is happy to loan Ontario Parks day passes, providing free access to our local Provincial Parks. Upon borrowing, patrons will receive a coupon for $5 off their next daily vehicle pass to an Ontario Provincial Park. Place your hold on a Parks pass here.

  1. Customers must be 18 years or older with a Library card in good standing to borrow an Ontario Parks day pass.
  2. The replacement cost if the pass is damaged, lost, or not returned is $175.00.
  3. Customers will be asked to complete an online survey about the Parks pass program:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPLParksPass
  4. Passes may be checked out for a one week period. The overdue fee is $2.00 per day.

Wye Marsh Family Pass

Thanks to their support, the Library is happy to loan Wye Marsh family passes, providing free access to their amazing site. Place your hold on a pass here.

  1. Customers must be 18 years or older with a Library card in good standing to borrow a Wye Marsh family pass.
  2. The replacement cost if the pass is damaged, lost, or not returned is $170.00.
  3. Customers will be asked to complete an online survey about the Parks pass program:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPLParksPass
  4. Passes may be checked out for a one week period. The overdue fee is $2.00 per day.

Launchpads

We have 50 pre-loaded tablets with games, movies and even comics. We have some for kids, teens and adults.
Kits can be checked out for 2 weeks, one per card, no renewals. Place your holds here.

Adventure Kits

Did you know that we have adventure kits for young learners? Choose from 5 different kits with books, activities, puppets, and more:
Dinosaurs
Insects
Frogs
Birds
Counting
Kits can be checked out for 3 weeks, no renewals. Place your holds here.

TackleShare

MPL is a loaner site for the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ TackleShare program, sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. Fishing rods, reels, and tackle are available for weeklong loans for our adult members, to help families enjoy this fun, relaxing hobby together. Place your holds here.

Ukulele Lending Program

Borrow a ukulele from our lending & learning collection and check out the MPL YouTube channel for a series of introductory videos from ukulele instructor Sean McGaughey: https://youtu.be/biRL6WHLg6s

Our ukulele kits come with an instrument, instruction booklet, tuner and case, and can be checked out by adult members for 2 weeks. Place your holds here.

Light Therapy Lamps

Light Therapy Lamps are designed to mimic spring and summer light levels and help treat the “winter blues,” or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Midland Public Library is pleased to provide lamps for two week loans to adult members. Place your holds here.
Turn the lamp on and sit, read or work in front of it for 20-30 minutes. For sensitive users, gradual exposure is recommended. Sit about 2 feet away. Face the lamp and allow the light to shine on your face but not directly in your eyes. Do not stare directly into the light. Adjust the angle of the lamp to suit your position.
Light therapy is considered to be safe. Side effects are rare and if they occur they are usually mild and can include nausea, headaches and/or eye strain. There are no known long-term side effects of light therapy. If you experience discomfort, stop using the lamp and contact your doctor.
People with certain medical conditions (retinal disease, macular degeneration or diabetes), and those taking certain medications (melatonin, thioridazine, or lithium) should consult a doctor before using light therapy lamps. The light therapy lamp should not be viewed as a cure, and other measures including staying fit, sleeping well and eating healthy are also very beneficial for treating the symptoms of mood disorders. Use of the lamp is at your own discretion. Midland Public Library is not liable for any health issues related to the use of the lamp.

Cultural Places Pass

The Simcoe County Cultural Places Pass is available for free, once reserved, from any County library. Eight cultural institutions are participating in the program – Collingwood Museum, Huronia Museum, Leacock Museum, MacLaren Art Gallery, Museum on the Boyne, Nancy Island Historic Site, Orillia Museum of Art & History and Simcoe County Museum. The museums are all offering family passes for the day. There is one pass available per day for each cultural institution. Find out more and reserve your pass here.