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Collection of Non-Traditional Materials

Are you interested in trying out an instrument or karaoke machine or borrowing one for a special event? Would you like to digitize your memories in the comfort of your own home? Want to teach your kids musical rhythm? Westlake Porter Public Library can help with our Non-Traditional Item collection.

Included in the collection are musical instruments such as ukuleles, banjos, a drum machine and a portable keyboard, equipment for converting slides, audio cassettes and 8mm/Super 8mm film to digital formats, a karaoke machine, Music Kits for kids, VCR and DVD recorders, and much more.

The collection is located across from the Circulation Desk, with placeholder boxes representing the items. Library cardholders need only take the boxes to the Circulation Desk to check out and receive the desired item. The loan periods range from one to three weeks, depending on the item.


"Introducing the Wolverine Reels2Digital MovieMaker-Pro, a very simple-to-use device that will convert your movie reels into digital movies (no sound) with a few strokes. Works like a typical projector where you mount up to a 9-inch reel, insert a memory card, press a few buttons and the apparatus will pull the film and scan frame-by-frame to create a digital MP4 movie file that you can play on any computer, edit, upload to the Internet, or burn to a DVD." -

Supports up to 9" reels and 1080p, MP4 file format; accepts a SD/SDHC card up to 32GB.

Includes 1 moviemaker pro, 1 power adapter (12v, 1.5A), 1-5" reel, 2 reel adapters, 1 cleaning brush, 1 USB cable, 1 TV-out cable, user manual.

Reconnect with the music you love or preserve those classic tapes and custom mixtapes by converting them with the JENSEN SCR-90SB, a portable USB cassette player that allows you to convert your cassette tapes into digital music files for archiving or playback on your computer, your phone, or even in your car! This handheld USB device works with any cassette tape and features a built-in speaker for convenient listening without earbuds. The unit features a USB connector and includes a cable for attaching it to your computer. Once connected to your Mac or PC, the included software transfers the music playing right onto your computer where it's converted into a digital music file. The file can then be saved in MP3 format for easy playback on another device.

Includes a headphone jack and operates using USB power. It can also be powered by two AA batteries (not included).

cassette to digital converter and player

cassette to digital converter and player

Ideal for updating your old cassette collection to the modern MP3 format, this QFX J-22ubk Rerun X Radio and Cassette to MP3 Converter also provides great quality sound for listening to AM and FM radio stations. It can handle cassette recording and playback and has a classic combination of black and chrome coloring. Other features include a USB and headphone input. Take your music with you wherever you go with the QFX Retro Collection Boom Box. It allows you to listen to the radio, cassette tapes or MP3 player.

Includes cassette to MP3 converter, AC power cord, user manual.

Breakout EDU

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Breakout EDU is the gaming platform that brings the engagement and excitement of an escape room to the classroom. All Breakout EDU games require players to use critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. Each kit contains a unique collection of boxes, resettable locks, and access to a digital platform with over 1,500 games.

Includes 1 Large Breakout EDU Locking Box, 1 Small Breakout EDU Locking Box, 1 Hasp, 1 Alphabet Multilock, 1 Directional Multilock, 1 Color Wheel for Multilock, 1 Shape Wheel for Multilock, 1 Number Wheel for Multilock, 1 Three-digit lock, 1 Four-digit lock, 1 Key lock (with three identical keys), 1 Deck of Reflection Cards, 1 Red Lens Viewer, 1 UV light, 1 Invisible ink pen, 1 USB thumb drive (blank), 2 Hint cards.

breakout edu

Elgato video capture

Transfer video to your Mac or PC from a VCR, DVR, camcorder, or any other analogue video device as a high quality H.264 file. Elgato Video Capture's easy-to-use software assists you through every step, from connecting an analogue video device to capturing video and choosing how you will watch and share it.

Includes: Elgato Video Capture unit (RDA to USB), Composite-to-SCART adapter (RDA 3 to HDMI 23 pin), RCA AV cable, 1 S-video cable, in box 20 x 14 cm.

Rapidly digitize your negatives, slides, and 8mm movies with this F2D Titan 8-in-1 High-Definition Film to Digital Converter from Wolverine Data. Able to work with 35mm, 110, 127, 126 and APS format films as well as 8mm and Super 8 movies, this scanner can help you scan almost all of your precious memories. Using a 20 megapixel sensor, it can deliver high resolution scans in just 3 seconds. Users can view these images using the large 4.3" color LCD as well as tweak brightness and color balance settings. For smooth, fast scanning, the F2D Titan uses speed-load adapters dedicated to each format of slide or negative and then saves the images as JPEGs to either internal memory or an optional SD/SDHC memory card. Additionally, users can connect to a computer via a mini-USB port or output directly to a TV over HDMI. It is also easily powered via the USB connection and can be connected to AC power using the included power adapter. Supports 35mm slides and negatives, 110, 127, 126, and APS format films as well as 8mm and Super 8 movies. Speed-Load adapters for quickly loading film strips and slides. Single pass operation with LED backlight. Internal memory can hold up to 40 images. Compatible with Mac and Windows-based computers.

Includes: 135 mm negative adapter, 135 mm slide adapter, 110/APS negative insert, 8 film/super 8 insert, 3 slide trays, 1 cleaning brush, 1 USB cable, 1 USB AC power adapter.

film and slide converter

karaoke machine

Features RCA output jacks to connect to your TV for scrolling lyrics, 1 microphone jack. Plays CD/CD+G.

Includes: 1 karaoke unit, 1 wired microphone, 1 AC adapter, 1 set of RCA cables, 1 instruction manual.

My Fabulous Storyteller keeps kids entertained in a smart, screen-free way, making it the perfect travel companion for long journeys! It helps them with their vocabulary and fosters their imagination while sharing family moments.

Includes: 1 device, 1 USB charging cord, user manual

lunii my fabulous storyteller


VANKYO Leisure 3 projector is fit for playing videos, TV series, photo sharing, football games, and more. It can be easily connected with your smartphone, PS3, PS4, X-Box One or Wii to enjoy big games. A customized bag is designed for you to carry and store it easily.

Full HD 1080p and 170'' Display Supported, 2400 Lux Portable Movie Projector with 40,000 Hrs LED Lamp Life, Compatible with TV Stick, PS4, HDMI, VGA, TF, AV and USB.

Includes carrying case, user manual, FAQ, quick start guide, remote, AV cable, HDMI cable, VGA cable, power cable.

Sony Handycam Hi8 digital video camera recorder plays Hi-8, 8mm, and Digital 8 camcorder tapes.

Includes: User's manual, safety instructions, Picture Package software CD, remote, RCA cable, USB cable, power cable, lithium ion battery, camera strap, 1 cleaning cassette, 1 blank cassette.

Sony Handycam digital video recorder
Canon ZR10 digital video camera recorder

Plays Mini DV camcorder tapes.

Includes: User's manual, remote, RCA cable, power cable, lithium ion battery, camera strap, 1 blank cassette.

Capable of recording high quality MP3 audio from a vinyl record to an SD card or via USB for later playback on your computer and mobile devices, this record player also includes bluetooth playback capability. The item has built-in speakers, USB/SD recorder, headphone jack, RCA line out, rechargable battery 2100mA, wooden cabinet with PU leather wrapping, and a suitcase design with easy carry handle. It plays records at speeds of 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM and 78 RPM.

Includes 1 AC adapter, 45 rpm adapter, 1 instruction sheet, 1 replacement stylus needle.

suitcase record player

vcr to dvd converter

The Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK DVD recorder has it all, including VHS conversion capabilities. There is no need to eliminate your vintage VHS tapes when you can play them on this digital tuner and record the footage onto a blank DVD. Enjoy favorite films with ease on this player. The unit features an SD memory card slot for viewing pictures or videos, a USB terminal, and a simple HDMI connection. This DVD and VCR combination is easily connectable, has all of the modern outputs needed to view pictures, movies and videos, and Dolby Digital sound. With DVD recording capabilities, a user can both transfer a movie collection or record new movies to add to a collection.

Panasonic DVD/VCR combo player/recorder, model #DMR-EZ48VK: Coaxial F, S-Video, DVI, and HDMI Audio/Video Outputs, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD+R Dual Layer, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM recordable disc formats.

Includes 1 VHS/DVD recorder, 1 AC cable, 1 remote, 1 RCA cable, 1 HDMI cable.

Musical Instruments


The 5-string banjo is made of plywood with various solid woods, which are resistant to corrosion and durable so that it has a long-term service time.The 24 consolidation brackets around the drum are adjustable to make a perfect sound. The mid-range closed handle can fit to various people while the mid-range steel wire is solid but flexible to pluck the strings. With the digital tuner, it is easy to precisely adjust the sound level. The Oxford cloth bag provides convenience to take the banjo along with you while protecting it from corrosion and the strap can put it in front of you for easy operation.

Includes 3 picks, 1 strap, 1 user's guide, 1 tuner, 1 zippered bag, 1 laminated instruction sheet.

Bear Bells

Set of 8 desk bells in the shape of bears with expressive faces. Range is from diatonic (c3 to c4). Each bell is a different color and labeled with note name and number in order to help your students become little musicians! A carrying case is included to keep the bells together and travel with ease!

Includes 1 set of 8 bells.

bear bells


This brightly colored bell set of 8 is a C-c diatonic scale that can be played as a set or as individual notes for a multi person group. This set comes with a case and a pair of mallets.

Drum Machine

All-in-One Electronic Drum Kit includes tom-toms, hi-hat, snare drums, crash & ride cymbals and tons of more sounds. Effectively reproduces complete 'Drum Set' sounds. Hi-hat & bass drum pedals. Tempo, beat, rhythm, EQ, volume and adjustment tools are integrated in this model. Foot pedal Controllers are a key part for big drummers so they are also included with this model. Having more than 100 sounds in one device feels great knowing it is not necessary to carry other instruments and extra weight.

Includes 300+ drum & cymbal sounds, 55 preset + 10 custom audio drum kits, 120 musical songs, MIDI file output, 3.5mm external device connection, 16MB max wav support capactiy, headphone jack, 7 pads with touch sensitivity, built in metronome, optional battery power, works for Mac and PC.

Includes: 1 power cord, 2 foot pedals, drum sticks, 1 user's manual.

drum machine


The Otamatone is an electronic musical instrument synthesizer that can be played with two hands by squeezing the 'head' of the instrument with one hand while controlling the pitch with the other.

Portable Keyboard

The SA-46 portable keyboard comes with a new sound source and 8-note polyphony. It includes 100 timbres and 50 rhythms. This is also revealed by the LC display: the SA-46 is a serious playmate. Another highlight is the simple change-over switch for switching between the piano and organ sound. The instrument has a cool retro design which combines bright green and black.

portable keyboard


"This uke is the real deal, not a toy. Basswood fingerboard and bridge offers both sturdy construction and a smooth touch that you can roll over the frets freely on the nylon strings whether playing chords or single notes"

Please do not expose the ukulele to extreme temperatures - especially sitting in one's heated car all day. Borrowers please keep that in mind, as with high or extremely cold temperatures could break the wood. When not in use, please keep the ukulele in it's carrying bag.

Includes waterproof nylon bag, clip-on tuner, hook-in strap, polishing cloth, extra string, and plectrum.

Music Kits

Music Kit #1 is designed to teach kids rhythm, music and movement.

This kit contains:

  • Book - The Nuts: Sing and Dance In Your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin.
  • Stretchy band - Made with latex-free tubing covered with fabric, this creative movement prop is for music and movement, community building, practicing goal areas, making shapes, working on boundary issues, body and spatial awareness, teaching rhythm, and music. Washable in cold water. This stretchy band is a personal size for one person.
  • Ocean drum - Remo undersea ocean disc can be played by holding the instrument with two hands, or by placing it on your lap. With the graphic facing up, gently and slowly rock it back and forth. Watch the beads and allow them to gently swirl, making a "whoosh" sound.
  • 4 Chiquitas - Shake the chiquitas to make a mellow rattling sound. The slender, tapered handle is designed to be comfortable for younger players.
  • Cabasa - This instrument is played by resting the metal beads in the hand holding them stationary while twisting the handle with the other hand. It also can be played using it as one would use maracas. Shake, spin, or rotate the bead chains to create scraping sounds.
  • Activity Guide

music kit 1

music kit 2

Music Kit #2 is designed to teach kids rhythm, music and movement.

This kit contains:

  • Book - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr, pictures by Eric Carle.
  • Rainstick - 12-inch Rainmaker rain stick, upright the rain stick and flip it over, it will imitate the sound of rain. Great for practicing kids' listening and cultivate children's rhythm sense. Approximately12 inches in length and 2 inches in diameter, easy for kids to hold in hand.
  • 3 Scarves - Super soaring dancing scarves, hold the corners of one of these colorful scarves and then wave, toss, twirl or run--you decide! These 54" hemmed nylon scarves come in 6 vivid translucent rainbow colors.
  • Set of Bongos - The Remo Rhythm Club RH-5600-00 Bongos feature 4.5" high pre-tuned bongos, with 5" and 6" diameter synthetic heads. The shells feature the Rhythm Kids Fabri-Finish design. The Rhythm Club bongos feature a high-density base with molded "feet" to elevate the drum so that even the smallest percussionist can produce great sounds.
  • 3 Shaker eggs - Simple in design, these Basic Beat egg shakers can produce a myriad of sounds. Cup one in the palm of one hand and use one in the finger tips of your other and you get two distinct sounds that complement each other. Cup in one hand with fingers closed around the egg for beats one and two then open your fingers for beats three and four to get two totally different sounds for a unique shake rhythm!
  • Activity Guide

Music Kit #3

Music Kit #3 is designed to teach kids rhythm, music and movement.

This kit contains:

  • Book - Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins, illustrated by Eric Gurney.
  • 3 Hoop scarf streamers - Streamers cascade from the hoop to add a rainbow of color to your movement activities.
  • 4 Lummi sticks - Rhythm sticks, Lummi sticks, named after the Lummi Native American peoples, are cylindrical sticks used as percussive musical instruments. They are generally struck against one another, and used frequently in musical education to teach rhythm.
  • Hand drum - The Remo Kids Percussion KD-0110-01 10" Pre-Tuned Frame Drum features Remo's Skyndeep drum heads. Remo Kids Percussion Frame Drums feature the same pre-tuned heads that are used on the top of the line professional drums, allowing for quality sound to be produced on these inviting drums for little hands! Includes 2 mallets.
  • Clatterpillar - Blue and yellow segmented rattler makes a click-clack sound as it ripples back and forth. It can be used to provide an introduction to rhythm and music-making. Suitable for group or individual play.
  • Activity Guide

music kit 3