New hands-on happenings at the Library!

New hands-on happenings at the Library!

The Library has a few fabulous new offerings for patrons to get their hands on! Patrons of all ages can learn a new skill, get crafty, enjoy some sensory play or get moving with guided activities.  Read on to learn more!


Ready to get creative? Check out the new Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library MakerStudio! Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library, and a grant from The Friends of the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, the MakerStudio gives HMMPL card holders the chance to learn how to use a 3D printer, iMac with video and sound editing software, sewing and embroidery machines, vinyl cutter and more!  Visit the MakerStudio web page to find everything you need to know about this exciting new space: Our MakerStudio webpage!

Young Athletes in the Library Backpacks

The Young Athletes in the Library backpacks were created through Special Olympics Young Athletes, a program to develop social, cognitive and motor skills in children 2 to 7 years old with and without intellectual disabilities. Cardholders can choose from two types of backpacks: one set includes a badminton set and the other contains flexible discs.  All backpacks also include balls, bean bags, scarves, books and a laminated guide filled with activities that parents and children can do together.  Learn more here: Young Athletes in the Library blog post.

Imagination Table

Children can play with puzzles, pop poppers, latch buckles, push buttons and explore other sensory items while parents
browse the adjacent Easy picture book collection in Youth Services!


Sensory Bags

Thanks to a grant from the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library Foundation, Library visitors now have access to Sensory Bags!  Bags are available on both floors, at the 2nd Floor Circulation Desk, the 1st Floor Circulation Desk, and the Youth Department Reference Desk. Anyone wishing to use a bag can ask to “check it out” during their visit and return it to a public desk upon leaving.

Each Sensory Bag includes the following:

  • 1  5- or 7-lb weighted blanket
  • 1 set of noise cancelling headphones
  • 1 fidget spinner/popper
  • 1 monkey noodle
  • 1 spikey ball

What will you explore on your next visit to HMMPL?