Special Collections

The Okotoks Public Library has many unique items that are available to borrow with a valid library card. Please contact library staff at 403-938-2220 to learn how to check out these items.

Snow Shoes

Snow shoes are available for a 1-week loan (no renewal). Each set contains 2 snowshoes, 2 poles, 2 baskets and 1 carrying bag. There are various sizes available:

Weight limit of:

  • 80-120 lbs. (2 sets)
  • 150 lbs. (2 sets)
  • 180 lbs. ( 1 set)
  • 200lbs. (3 sets)
  • 250lbs. (2 sets)
Ukuleles

Ukueles are available for a 3-week loan and come with an electronic tuner. Books about how to play ukuleles can be requested online here. There are many colours to choose from:

  • Red
  • White
  • Black
  • Dark Blue
  • Brown
  • Yelllow
  • Pink
  • Green
  • Light Green
  • Lilac
  • Light Blue
  • Purple
Walking Poles

Did you know you can burn up to 46% more calories using walking poles compared to simply walking? Our walking pole sets are available for a 1-week loan (2 renewals allowed). There are 12 sets available.

Disc Golf

Take advantage of the Town of Okotoks new Disc Golf Course by checking out a disc golf set! Disc golf sets supplied by Okotoks Walmart through the Walmart Canada Community Grant. Each set includes:

  • 1 Fairway Driver disc
  • 1 Midrange disc
  • 1 Putt & Approach disc
  • 1 small marker disc
  • Carrying bag with shoulder strap
  • Score cards
Discovery Nature Packs

Explore the great outdoor year round with the help of a Discovery Nature Pack! These packs are available for a 3-week loan (no renewals). The packs include:

  • 4 books
  • 6 laminated pamphlets
  • 2 booklets
  • magnifying square
  • binoculars
  • 1 erasable marker
  • first aid kit
Fortis Alberta Power Monitor

Looking to lower your monthly electricity bill? Fortis Alberta wants to help you get started by figuring out how much your appliances are actually costing you each month. These power monitors, supplied to the library courtesy of Fortis Alberta allows you to better understand your electricity consumption and costs. Available for a 1-week loan (1 renewal).

Retro Gaming Consoles

Get into joyful retro gaming with our selection of retro gaming consoles! Each console is available for a 3-week loan (no renewals). Available consoles include:

  • Super Nintendo Classic Edition (1 console)
  • Sega Genesis Classic Game (2 consoles)
  • Sega Genesis Flashback (2 consoles)
  • Atari Flashback 6 Classic Game (2 consoles)
Vox Books

Print book, meet audio book. VOX™ Books are the world’s first audio books that live in print books. The permanently attached VOX™ Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along. There’s no need for computers, tablets or CDs. Children simply push a button to listen and read. VOX™ Books are available for a 3-week loan (2 renewals). There is a wide variety of titles available:

  • The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend by Dan Santat
  • Airplanes by Thomas K. Adamson
  • Baby elephants by Christina Leaf
  • Baby penguins by Kari Schuetz
  • The bad seed by Jory John
  • Chameleons by Kari Schuetz
  • Click, clack, moo : cows that type by Doreen Cronin
  • The cool bean by Jory John
  • A different pond by Bao Phi
  • The digger and the flower by Joseph Kuefler
  • Dolphins by Ann Herriges
  • Don't push the button! by Bill Cotter
  • Fire trucks by Mary Lindeen
  • Giant pandas by Kari Schuetz
  • Golden retrievers by Chris Bowman
  • The good egg by Jory John
  • Goodnight moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Gum by Nancy Willard
  • Have you seen Elephant? by David Barrow
  • Hey black child by Useni Eugene Perkins
  • A hundred billion trillion stars by Seth Fishman
  • I am enough by Grace Byers
  • In the past by David Elliott
  • Inky the octopus by Erin Guendelsberger
  • ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  • It came in the mail by Ben Clanton
  • Jabari jumps by Gaia Cornwall
  • The legend of rock paper scissors by Drew Daywalt
  • Little Ree by Ree Drummond
  • A loud winter's nap by Katy Hudson
  • The monsters' monster by Patrick McDonnell
  • Nobody hugs a cactus by Carter Goodrich
  • A perfectly messed-up story by Patrick McDonnell
  • Pete the cat and his magic sunglasses by James Dean
  • A place for Pluto by Stef Wade
  • Sam & Dave dig a hole by Mac Barnett
  • Sheep dog and Sheep sheep by Eric Barclay
  • Sometimes rain by Meg Fleming
  • Sorry (really sorry) by Joanna Cotler
  • Stardines swim high across the sky and other poems by Jack Prelutsky
  • That's what dinosaurs do by Jory John
  • The tiptoeing tiger by Philippa Leathers
  • Too many carrots by Katy Hudson
  • Trains by Mary Lindeen
  • Warthogs and banded mongooses by Kari Schuetz
  • What the dinosaurs did last night : a very messy adventure by Refe Tuma

Jump Start Literacy Kits

Are you ready to jump start your family's literacy? Today's families are living and growing in a digital world. Our new Jump Start Literacy Kits will help you and your child step away from your screens and engage in meaningful play. Each themed kit contains specially selected books, activities, toys and an informative guide for caregivers all contained in fun, colourful carrying case! Jump Start Literacy Kits are for families and children ages 1-5 and are available for a 1-week loan (2 renewals). Thank you to our generous sponsor: 100 Women Who Care for supporting this amazing initiative! Themes available include:

  • Animals (2 kits)
  • Bugs (2 kits)
  • Dinosaurs (2 kits)
  • Fantasy
  • First Years (Ages 1-16 months) (2 kits)
  • Nature
  • Things That Go (2 kits)
Film Equipment

The Okotoks Arts Council and Okotoks Public Library are pleased to announce that a large collection of video equipment is now available on loan.  The donation made to the Library by the Okotoks Arts Council includes a broad range of equipment that will make it easier for aspiring filmmakers to explore the medium. Film equipment is available for a 3-week loan (no renewals) for users ages 18+ with a valid library account that is in good standing. Film equipment that is currently available includes:

  • Canon Camera (includes two lenses and rechargeable battery packs)
  • Scene Slate
  • Video Light (2 available) - Can be paired with the Light Stand
  • Condenser Microphone - Can be paired with the Mic Boom Pole and the Recorder
  • Follow Focus
  • Gimbal Stabilizer 
  • Light Gels 
  • Light Stand (2 available)
  • Mic Boom Pole - Pairs with the Condenser Mic
  • 32GB Micro SDHC Card (5 available)
  • Recorder - Pairs with the Condenser Mic to record audio.
  • Reflector
  • Slider - Pairs with the Camera (and Tripod, if desired). 
  • Tripod - Can be used with just the Camera, or with the Slider.
Outdoor Games

Outdoor Games are available for a 1-week loan (no renewal).

  • 3-Hole Bean Bag Toss
  • Bocce Ball
  • Folding Ladderball
  • Frisbee Horseshoes Deluxe
  • Giant Dice Game
  • Horseshoes Sets (x2)
  • Kubb
  • Lawn Darts
  • Mini Frisbee Golf
  • Ring Toss
  • Washer Toss
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