Wish List

Our budget doesn’t always allow us to purchase everything we’d like. To help fill in the gaps, we’ve created a Wish List for our needs and wants. These items have been specifically chosen over alternatives because they are designed to be more durable and provide a more robust experience.

email us: wishlist@ottawalibrary.org
call: 785-242-3080


A special thank you for everyone who has donated to our wish list.

  • K.M & Edna Thrall
  • Melvin & Carol Bauck
  • Gary & Kathy Jordan
  • Marty & Janet Peters
  • Charles Patry
  • Bryan Schmidt

You may purchase a specific item or make a general contribution to a department. Another option is to come to the library reference or circulation desk to donate a tax deductible gift towards one of those items. Here are a few items we would like:


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Amazon Gift Cards

All Departments

Amazon is a great place to find new bestsellers in CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, audio books, video games, and physical books (both fiction and non-fiction). Common gift card denominations include $10, $25, $50, & $100

Board Games 

Adult, Children, Teen

Many of our programs, events, clubs, and families play board games while at the library. We would like to replace ones that have been well used and add some new ones to our offerings. Here are a few that we would like to have in our collection (in alphabetical order):

Apples to Apples, Jr | Chess | Exploding Kittens | Forbidden Island
 | Settlers of Catan | Sequence | Ticket to Ride | Uno (4 sets)

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Building or Land Donations

All Departments

The rumors are true. We would LOVE a building of our very own. If you have land or a building to donate, please consider us in your giving or memorials.

If we had a new building and lawn, we could offer more quiet study spaces, have more meeting facilities and larger areas for programming, keep items for longer before retiring them, and offer onsite outdoor programming.

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Button Maker (2.25 in)

Adult, Children, Teen

It was a sad day when our old button maker pressed its last button. They are most often utilized by our Children’s Department, but other departments have expressed interest in making some for their functions as well. We would like one which presses metal buttons that are approximately 2.25 inches across. Our previous one was mostly plastic, and, as it aged, the plastic failed. As a result, we would prefer one that has a metal structure.

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CoverOne #620 Binding Machine

Repairs

Repairs are inevitable. Eventually, even the best bound books need rebound. This machine softens the glue and allows the binding to be repaired.

Direct from the manufacturer’s website: The #620 Machine repairs all types and sizes of books. You can also create sturdy bound student writing projects in the convenience of your school. The #620 easily binds up to a 2 ½” thick document or book with a sliding wall to hold smaller documents and books in place. It will work with up to legal size items. This machine features a cooling stand, solid-state electronics, automatic binding cycle timer, one button operation and no warm-up is required.

A short video explaining the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgCjcW8y1Nk

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Clear Container for XBOX controller and games

Children’s Department, Technology Department

Teens with library cards in good standing can check out controllers and games for the XBOX ONE located in “The Cave” (our teen area). These check out as a bundle and must not leave the library. To keep the items together, we store them in a neat clear case. It is time to replace our old box that is worn and cracked.

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Fan for circulation desk

Circulation Department

During the colder months, it can be very hot at the circulation counter downstairs. To help combat the uncomfortable heat, we would appreciate one or two small desk fans to move the air.

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Lenovo TiO ThinkCentre Touch Monitors

Children’s Department, Technology Department

Keeping up with technology can be difficult, especially when demand continues to increase. To replace some of our more outdated computers, we would like to use Lenovo Tiny-in-One computers that dock in the back of monitors. This provides a sleek look with updated hardware and software and allows us to upgrade or replace the computer unit without the need for replacing the monitor and vice versa. We have no preference between touch or non-touch screen ThinkCentre TIO Monitors, as we have plans to use both. Touch screens will be used in the Children’s’ Department and at catalog search stations.

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Magic Desktop 9 Lifetime License

Children’s Department, Technology Department

Providing a safe digital environment where children can learn while having fun is an important part of our Children’s Department. We currently have one kid-friendly AWE computer and two Windows desktops. We would like to replace these with newer, kid-friendly computers. Instead of AWE computers which are very pricey, we would like to use Magic Desktop 9. These lock the computer into a kid-friendly environment that is restricted to approved applications, games, and websites. We would prefer 1-3 lifetime licenses.

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Lenovo TiO ThinkCentre Computers

Children’s Department, Technology Department

Keeping up with technology can be difficult, especially when demand continues to increase. To replace some of our more outdated computers, we would like to use Lenovo Tiny-in-One computers that dock in the back of monitors. This provides a sleek look with updated hardware and software and allows us to upgrade or replace the computer unit without the need for replacing the monitor and vice versa. After much deliberation and research, we have decided that the Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One m710, m715, m910, and m915 would work best for our needs. These models sport modern desktop processors, provide moderate amounts of RAM, and require low amounts of power. Their Solid State Hard Drives give increased stability and speed and can easily be swapped out when repair is needed.

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Wired Headphones for Children

Children’s Department, Technology Department

Computer-based children’s activities rely heavily on sounds. New wired headphones would allow children to utilize games and learning activities to their fullest potential. 

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Oversized Games

Adult, Children, Teens

We would like more oversized yard games for our Games on the Go program. We currently have Connect 4 and Checkers and we are open to commercial products and DIY crafted sets.

Go! | Ladder Golf | Othello | Scrabble

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1.75mm PLA Filament Spools

Adult, Children, Teen, Technology

While 3D printers may seem like magic, they cannot produce something from nothing. Our programs that teach fundamentals of additive manufacturing, 3D modelling, and robotics will need filament for the prototype designs that the participating patrons create. Regardless of the printer we select, we are only looking at ones that are filament brand agnostic and utilize the 1.75mm architecture. 

We would love all kinds of PLA alternatives, including woodfill, metallic, and thermal color change, but the majority of our projects will require simple PLA in very common colors like black, red, blue, and green.

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3D Printer

Adult, Children, Teen, Technology

Two words … Maker Space. Our Technology Department would like to provide a Maker Space where anyone could come and learn several mechanical, technical, and crafty arts. 3D Printing is steadily becoming a part of everyday life.

Having a 3D printer in our Maker Space will allow us to hold more classes on 3D printing and design for all ages. We would also allow patrons to print their own models, outside of classes and workshops, for a minor fee to cover the cost of filament and upkeep.

xyzPrinting’s daVinci Pro 1.0 Open filament model is a solid printer with a safety enclosure. Additionally, the Open Filament model allows us to use 3rd party filament that is more affordable and safer for our patrons. This model has a moderate build volume of 7.8 inches x 7.8 inches x 7.8 inches and has the option to add a laser engraver at a later time.

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Simple Toolbox

Technology

We were recently gifted a portable public announcement system, including a bus mixer and microphone. We would like a simple toolbox to store and port the bus mixer, microphone, power cables, and stereo cables. The toolbox we are looking for would be at least 8 1/2 inches front to back, allowing the mixer to lie flat.

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Velcro Cable Ties

Technology

Computer cables can be more than just unsightly as they can be a hazard if left hanging or lying under chairs. Zip ties were once the preferred solution, but they are wasteful and difficult to remove when repairing a system. Velcro ties allow us to organize the cables attached to the computers in use as well as those being stored for later use without the waste.

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XBOX ONE Controller

Children, Teen

One of our XBOX One controllers for the Cave (teen area) recently wore out, and we are asking for a replacement.