Discovery Kits

Discovery Kits provide learning experiences for patrons of all ages with hands-on materials around a theme. The collection aims to be a tool for discovery, education, and lifelong learning.

Click to see a list of the Discovery Kits in the catalog.

Discovery Kits Checkout Rules:

  • Kits checkout for two weeks and can be renewed twice if there are no holds.
  • Kits will be inspected upon return to make sure that all items are included. Patrons will be charged the replacement cost for missing items.
  • Patrons will not be charged for basic wear and tear or the cost of disposable items (i.e. batteries).
  • Kits must be returned inside the library during open hours.
  • You must be 18 years or older to checkout a telescope.
  • Households can only have one discovery kit checked out at a time.

Birdwatching for Adults


  • Celestron 8×42 Binoculars
  • Birds of Minnesota
  • The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America

Birdwatching for Kids


  • Binoculars
  • Backyard Birds
  • The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs
  • The Kids’ Guide to Birds of Minnesota

Card Games


  • Cribbage
  • Sequence
  • Five Crowns
  • RACK-O
  • UNO
  • Deck of Playing Cards

Classic Board Games


  • Sorry!
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Candy Land
  • Guess Who?

Crochet for Adults


  • Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crochet
  • Size E (4) Crochet Hook
  • Size 7 Crochet Hook
  • Size J (10) Crochet Hook

Crochet for Kids


  • My First Crochet Book
  • Size G Crochet Hook
  • Size J Crochet Hook


beginners guide to croquet book, croquet mallet, ball and wickets


  • Mallets (6)
  • Colored Balls (6)
  • Wickets (9)
  • Stakes (2)
  • Croquet: Know the Game

Disc Golf

six discs, a book about Disc Gold, and a portable disc golf target


  • Discs (6)
  • Portable Target
  • Disc Golf Retriever
  • The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf

Fossils and Rocks

three books about fossils, four rock collections, magnify glass


  • Magnifying Glass
  • Rock Collection (3) 
  • Fossil Collection (1)
  • Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Rocks & Minerals
  • Fossils for Kids: A junior scientists guide to dinosaur bones
  • My Book of Fossils: A fact-filled guide to prehistoric life

Ghost Hunting

three books about ghosts in minnesota, infrared thermometer, ghost meter


  • Infrared Thermometer
  • Electromagnetic Field Meter
  • Haunted Minnesota
  • Twin Cities Haunted 
  • Minnesota Hauntings 

Hiking for Kids


  • Compass
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Go Find It Scavenger Hunt Game
  • Trees, Leaves, Flowers and Seeds
  • Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Insects


horseshoe poles, two sets of horseshoes, and a horseshoe scoring book


  • Steel Horseshoes (4)
  • Stakes (2)
  • Horseshoes Score Sheets

Knitting for Adults


  • Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting
  • Size 8 & 9 Circular Needles
  • Size 6 & 8 Straight Needles

Knitting for Kids


  • My First Knitting Book
  • Size 10 Knitting Needles

Magic Kit

How to Do Magic Tricks Book, Show Me Cool Magic Book, three bags of magic equipment


  • Hinged Box 
  • 6 Bags of Magic Equipment
  • Deck of Cards (2) 
  • Show me Cool Magic 
  • How to do Magic Tricks 


pickleball rackets, four balls, and two books about pickleball


  • Rackets (2)
  • Pickleball Balls (4)
  • Pickleball Book for Beginners 
  • Pickleball for Dummies

Preschool Puzzles

four puzzles


  • Box of Wooden Puzzles (6)
  • Animal Puzzles (3)
  • Animal Memory Game
  • Head to Tail: Match It!

Science for Kids


  • Microscope
  • Microscope Prepared Slides (48)
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Set of Rocks
  • Greg’s Microscope
  • The World of the Microscope

Science Kit

microscope, World of the Microscope Book, Slides, Rocks


  • Microscope
  • Sets of Slides (3)
  • Stone Set (1)
  • The World of the Microscope

Strategy Games

four board games


  • Ticket to Ride
  • Calico
  • Quacks of Quedlinburg
  • Sheriff of Nottingham

Telescope (2)


  • Orion StarBlast 4.5 Telescope
  • The Night Sky Star Finder
  • Red Flashlight