The word “library” technically means “collection of books.” But nowadays libraries lend out all kinds of stuff — from screwdrivers to spatulas.
Glenn Ferdman directs the Somerville Public Library in Massachusetts, and a couple years ago, he decided he owned too many guitars. So he told his staff to lend out his guitars as if they were books.
“What we discovered, to our delight, is those items started flying off the shelf,” Ferdman said.
Soon, donations added a ukulele, an African hand drum, even a telescope. He sees the project as part of a trend.