Library of Things

Verizon hotspot with blue case
t-mobile hotspot with black case


We have mobile hotspots available for patrons to borrow! In order to borrow a hotspot, you must be 18 or older with an STLS library card in good standing and a current government issued photo ID. Patrons will be asked to read and sign our hotspot circulation policy, which you can read here: They will have a lending period of 7 days, and patrons will be able to place holds on them. Hotspots are not renewable and patrons must wait 48 hours after returning a hotspot before they may borrow one again. Hotspots rely on cell tower technology and coverage; we have some that use Sprint/T-Mobile service and some that use Verizon service. You may wish to check T-Mobile’s service map here for coverage: You can also check Verizon’s service map here for coverage:


If you have a meeting to attend but often have a hard time hearing, stop by the Cuba Library to check out a PockeTalker. The Cuba Circulating Library has four of these hearing assistance devices available for community members to borrow. Each kit comes with a PockeTalker Ultra, a pair of headphones and earbuds. A 12ft extension cable for the microphone is also included in each kit. The PockeTalker is a small device which amplifies sounds closest to the listener while reducing background noise. These devices can be used for one-on-one conversations, small groups, and listening to TV. The devices can be used at the library during meetings or programs. They are also available for you to borrow for one-week intervals. This is a free service, provided by a 2021 Outreach mini-grant from Southern Tier Library Systems.


The Cuba Library has two Empire Parks Passes available for patrons to borrow. Passes may be borrowed for 1 week with no renewals. Cuba patrons may place holds on the passes, but they must be picked up at Cuba Library. The Empire Pass provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Instead of paying the vehicle use fee, simply present the pass and it waives the fee for day use entry. The list of NYS parks accepting the Empire pass can be found in their Empire Pass Card Guidelines pdf.
The list of DEC facilities can be found at

The Empire Pass does not guarantee parking when parks are at maximum capacity, or when special events occur. Passes do not include a waiver of camping, golf, museum, or historic site admission or other special activity fees. Passes do not cover public or private buses, shuttles, taxis, limousines, or other livery vehicles.

empire pass card with laminated pamphlet and brown lanyard with plastic card sleeve

fishing pole with books on fishing


Use your library card to borrow a fishing rod! Extra hooks and bobbers are provided with each rod. Never been fishing? No problem! Instructions on casting a fishing rod are included. Poles may be loaned out for two weeks, but there are no renewals. Cuba patrons may place holds on the fishing rods, but they must be picked up at Cuba Library. Everyone over the age of 16 must possess a valid NYS Freshwater Fishing License. (Sold at most sporting goods stores, town/county clerks, DEC offices, over the phone 1-866-933-2257 or online by visiting Locally you can purchase them at the Town of Cuba office, as well as Clarksville and New Hudson; at Whitetail LLC, Blue Collar Workwear, and Wal-Mart in Olean; at the DEC office in Allegany; at Belmont Archery and Amity Firearms.) The library Does NOT have fishing licenses available for purchase. The library also has additional resources available to borrow on the subject of fishing, and many additional books are available from other libraries throughout the system. These poles are provided in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.


The library has a few arts & crafts tools available for patrons to borrow. At this time we have hardboard artist drawing boards (23.5″ x 26″), wooden weaving boards/looms for doing small woven projects, dotting tools for doing mandala painting, nail art and more, and 6 pairs of round nose jewelry pliers. If you have any suggestions for craft tools that the library should consider for the collection, please let a staff member know, or send us an email.

wooden weaving board, several sizes of dotting tools, and red handled jewelry pliers


The library has a screen printing kit available for patrons to borrow as well. The kit includes a book, Screen Printing at Home, detailed instructions on basic screen printing, paint, wooden and plastic squeegees, silicone spatulas, 2 screens, contact paper for making stencils, sharpies, craft knives, masking tape, and 2 canvas bags to print on, all in a zippered canvas tote bag. The kit may be borrowed for one week at a time with no renewals, and all kits are limited to one kit per family.


The Silhouette Cameo is an electronic cutting and drawing machine. Using a connected computer, it uses a small blade to cut a design you created on the computer out of some material sent into the machine. It cuts paper, cardstock, vinyl, and fabric. This machine is available for use in the library. Patrons must reserve a time to use the machine and provide their own materials for cutting. The Library is not responsible for failed projects. We reserve the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violate Cuba Circulating Library policies. See the Silhouette User Guide page for further information

old style library card catalog with fruit and vegetable labels on the drawers


We have over 70 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers available to be checked out, planted, and harvested. The seeds you borrow from our library are yours to take at no cost. These seeds are donated by organizations or seed savers. We hope you learn much, experience the joys of gardening, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. At harvest time, please take some steps to save seeds for others. We ask that a portion of your seeds from the strongest, tastiest, and most vigorous plants be returned to the Seed Library to keep the library self-sustaining.


If you’ve been thinking about making a video but you don’t have some of the equipment, the Cuba Library has a social media/vlogging kit that you can check out! The kit includes a Joby Gorillapod Kit with a tripod, two arm attachments, which comes with a GoPro mount, a cell phone mount, and a mount for cameras, a microphone with a windscreen cover, and an LED light. The tripod has multi-socket legs that can be bent into various positions, and a strap for carrying or for mounting the tripod on a pole or tree. This kit does not come with video equipment, but can be used with a cell phone or your own camera. The kit can be checked out for one week, and as with our STEAM kits, there are no fees if it is overdue, however, if it is one week late, the full cost of the kit will be billed to the patron’s account until it is returned.

photo of tripod and various attachments


The STEAM kits were purchased through a generous donation by Marilee Patterer and the Friends of the Cuba Library, Inc., and through funding from the Kaleigh Wilday Memorial Foundation. The STEAM kits cover topics such as dinosaurs, magnets, building and design, construction, decimals and rounding, art facts, electronics & coding, science, nature, machines, the human body, and trucks and tools. The Phonics kits were purchased through a grant funded by Allegany County United Way, and feature favorite characters like Lego Star Wars, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Pete the Cat, and a generic Letters and Numbers kit. Each comes in a zippered tote for easy carrying. Families may borrow ONE kit at a time, and have ONE WEEK to explore the activities in the kit. All kits are kept in the library office and patrons may request them from library staff. There are no fees for overdue kits, however, for kits that are one week late, the full cost of the kit will be billed to the patron’s account until the item is returned.


All About Dinosaurs
Interest Grade PK – 3| Explore what would happen if you looked in the mirror and saw that you had become part dino! Enjoy imaginative play with dinosaur figures and reusable sticker scenes. Dinosaur Escape allows kids to work together, use their memory, and incorporate simple strategy to rescue the dinos from volcanic eruption. Includes What If You Had T.Rex Teeth!? book, dinosaur escape game, jumbo dinosaurs, and a dinosaur reusable sticker tote.

All About Magnets
Interest Grade: PK – 3 | Kids will be pulled toward this Steam kit with it’s hands-on introduction to the fascinating powers of magnets. STEAM lessons are irresistible when you add the excitement of fun, colorful tools to scientific exploration. Includes Magnets Push, Magnets Pull book, STEM Explorers magnet mover set, and STEAM magnet activity set. Both magnet sets include activity guides.

Building and Design
Interest Grade: 4+ | Dive into a behind-the-bricks look at the beloved LEGO toy with this hands-on STEAM kit. Kids can take what they learned in the world of LEGO engineering and apply it to the KEVA Brain Builders and City Engineer sets which give you the tools to design and build creations to solve challenges. Includes From an Idea to Lego book, KEVA brain builders STEM kit, and City Engineering & Design building set.

Construction and Building
Interest Grade: PK – 3 | It’s never too early to introduce engineering. Little engineers will gain experience with construction while they are still learning basic life skills. Kids can put on their imaginary hard hats and channel their inner engineers while they get to work with building blocks and the construction kit. Includes Construction Zone book, Construction Building set, and 100 Piece wood blocks set.

Decimals and Rounding
Interest Grade: PK – 3 | Kids use a cash register and play money to learn about currency and making change. Base ten cubes reinforce counting, measuring, and working with patterns. Cash Kat learns the value of money on a fun adventure with grandma. Includes the book Cash Kat, base ten cubes, a wallet with play money and cards, and a solar powered cash register.

DIYs and Art Facts
Interest Grade: 4+| Get hands-on with 15 DIY craft projects created by YouTube sensation Karina Garcia. Boys and girls of all ages will be able to express their artistic side and create their own masterpiece using the multi-craft weaving loom. And put your art knowledge to the test with this fun and memory-boosting game which features essential art topics. Includes Karina Garcia’s Must-Try DIYs book, BrainBox STEAM art game, and Multi-craft Weaving Loom with design booklet.

Electronics, Coding & Bots
Interest Grade: 4+ | Science Comics gives us a high-interest graphic novel packed with facts on robots and drones: past, present and future. Kids apply the information to coding with Artie the programmable robot that draws whatever you code on any sheet of paper. Use Snap Circuits to enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics and circuits with hands-on manipulatives and easy-to-follow activity guides. Includes Robots and Drones book, Artie 3000 coding robot, and Snap Circuits Jr. set.

Everyday Science
Interest Grade: 4+ | Explore popular science topics in DC Superhero Science, an action-packed nonfiction title, featuring experiments led by beloved DC super heroes. Use the scientific method like Bumblebee, defy gravity like Superman, or make things out of light like Green Lantern. Perform cool chemistry experiments and dig into the fascinating world of insects with simple activities that can be completed with items found around the house or in nature. Includes DC Superhero Science book, Chemistry Lab with activity journal, Bug Discovery lab with activity journal, safety goggles and plastic magnifiers.

Examine Science and Nature
Interest Grade: 4+ | Let’s go and explore! The Examine Science and Nature Kit encourages kids to explore everyday items in their house, backyard or on a nature walk. The Handheld Mini Microscope and Specimen slides gives children a lens into assorted specimens including: algae, fish scales, coffee, grasshopper, silk to name a few. The fun and memory boosting game features essential science and nature topics to teach life science topics. Includes Smithsonian 10 Minute Science Experiments book, mini microscope, specimen slides, and Brainbox Science and Nature game.

Machines and Contraptions
Interest Grade: 4+ | Young thinkers explore the ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci through his notebook sketches, showing how his ideas foreshadowed modern inventions. Students construct, examine and explain simple machines to develop a deeper understanding of how they make work easier. KEVA planks build an early understanding of proportion and balance, while teaching basic principles of physics and engineering. Includes Neo Leo book, Simple Machines set with activity guide, and KEVA contraptions set with project book.

My Amazing Body
Interest Grade: 4+ | From your head to your toes, the My Amazing Body kit is an introduction to anatomy and explains the important parts of your body. The hands-on manipulatives for the heart, brain and skeleton will provide children an in-depth look into the human body and create an appreciation for everything their bodies can do. Includes book Me and My Amazing Body, double sided magnetic human body with skeletal system and major organs and muscles, human heart model, and human brain model.

Trucks and Tools Kit
Interest Grades: PK-3 | The Trucks and Tools kit is designed for the young gearhead. The two-piece tractor trailer and the Design & Drill Bolt Buddies are interactive hands-on manipulatives for building fine motor skills. Kid friendly tools are designed for tiny hands and encourages creativity and problem- solving skills. Kids will love Trucks!, a level two Ripley Reader featuring great pictures and information about various trucks.

Phonics Kits

Lego Star Wars Phonics
Interest Grade: PK-3 | Feel the Force in this Lego Staw Wars phonics kit featuring a Lego Star Wars phonics set with 10 books and 2 workbooks, Penworthy Prebound level 2 reader Lego Star Wars The RIse of Skywalker, Wipe-Off phonics workbooks and two activities. The first is three sets of soft foam phonics cubes with activity suggestion sheets and a second is a collection of phonics dominoes allowing kids to build hundreds of words. Let Penworthy help keep learning to read fun.

Peppa Pig Phonics
Interest Grade: PK-3 | Help your kids take to reading like a pig to a puddle with this kit featuring a Peppa Pig phonics set with 10 books and 2 workbooks, Penworthy Prebound 8×8, Wipe-Off phonics workbook and two phonics games. The first is a reading rods phonics word building game and a second is a quick card based phonics game. When the play-based learning is done, put it all together and work through a great AR 2.0 graphic novel Super Peppa. Let Penworthy help keep learning to read fun.

Paw Patrol Phonics
Interest Grade: PK-3 |Paw Patrol is on a roll in this phonics set featuring a Paw Patrol phonics 12 book set, Penworthy Prebound level 2 reader Paw Patrol Save the Dinosaurs, Wipe-Off phonics workbook and two activities. The first is three sets of soft foam phonics cubes and a second is a Slam Ships game focused on sight words. Let Penworthy help keep learning to read fun.

Pete the Cat Loves Preschool Kit
Interest Grade: PK-3 | Settle in with your preschooler and Pete the Cat. Enjoy two great books and a variety of lessons with Pete the Cat. Includes level 1 reader Pete the Cat’s Family Road Trip and level 1 reader Pete the Cat: Super Pete. This kit featuring two interactive preschool sets promotes groovy, independent, interactive learning. Press the Pete the Cat pen on the answer for an immediate audio and visual feedback on lessons in reading, math, science, social studies, and more. Kits are sold in their entirety, components are not available for individual sale. Requires 4 AAA batteries, not included.

Letters and Numbers Kit
Interest Grade: PK-3 | Help your kid establish a strong base for all future learning with this kit focused on learning the alphabet and numbers. Kids will love Dr. Seuss’s ABC book along with Alphabet Bingo and self correcting number puzzles. Keep kids actively engaged in learning with building letters and numbers with a kid safe drill toy to tie it all together. Kits are sold in their entirety, components are not available for individual sale. Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included.

round robot with clear shell and visible internal components pictured with white and lime green silicone protective cases.
kindle tablet with white osmo base, red osmo mirror attachment and game pieces


These kits were purchased through a generous donation by Marilee Patterer and the Friends of the Cuba Library, Inc. Each comes in a zippered case for easy carrying. Families may borrow ONE kit at a time, and have ONE WEEK to explore the activities in the kit. Families may also check out ONE additional Osmo game if they wish. All kits are kept in the library office and patrons may request them from library staff. There are no fees for overdue kits, however, for kits that are one week late, the full cost of the kit will be billed to the patron’s account until the item is returned.

OSMO : Genius Starter Kit

Power up family game night with Osmo Genius Starter Kit+. Kids will love exploring STEAM topics on their own or with their family. Foster a love of engineering, art, math, and reading with seven ways to play and learn. Games included are Tangram (visual and spatial puzzles), Words (Guess and spell hidden words with physical tiles), Numbers (Explore and play with math in an open-ended environment), Newton (creative engineering. Guide virtual balls with real-life objects.), and Masterpiece (Draw anything and everything. Supercharge your drawing skills.). This kit includes a Kindle Fire 7th Generation, charger, Kindle base, iPad base (for use with patron’s personal iPad), tangram shapes, letter tiles, number tiles, dot tiles, and a getting started guide in a zipper case.

Osmo Games:
Transform your tablet into a hands-on coding adventure. Designed for ages 5–10, these games build coding skills in progression with hands-on learning games. Watch your child learn to code as they connect colorful blocks of code in the physical world to chart the adventure on their screen.

Coding (Awbie)
String together commands to guide Awbie on an epic strawbie-munching adventure. Explore 35+ levels including green forests, spooky caves, jungles, sunny beaches, a snowy mountain, and even a volcano! Build problem-solving and logic skills while learning the basic concepts of coding!

Coding Jam
Arrange coding blocks in patterns and loops to compose your own music. Comes with 24 characters and over 300 musical sounds to produce your perfect song. Kids can safely record and share their music with friends, family and the Jam community.

Sphero Bolt

Programming made easy. Simple for beginners yet sophisticated enough for experts, Lightning Lab empowers anyone to program their robot. The visual block based programming app makes the basic principles of coding approachable and fun. The Kit includes a Sphero SPRK+, 1 power adapter, 1 charging base, 2 covers, 1 roll of ruled tape, and a quick start guide in a zippered case.


The library has an ever-growing collection of board games for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for something for a family game night, or you want to have a get together with friends, we may have the perfect game for your group to enjoy. For a full list of the games in our collection, check out our dedicated Board Games page Games have a 1 week borrowing period and may be renewed once. You may borrow a maximum of 2 games at a time.

tall metal bookshelves with board games sitting on end angled face out

tv on shelf with video games below


The Cuba Library has a variety of video games for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, WiiU, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. These games may be borrowed by anyone with a library card in good standing (no lost items, under $5 in fines). The loan period for these games is 1 week, with a limit of 3 games per person. Our games can be found in the Young Adult Section on the shelves under the office window, except for those labeled M for Mature (noted with a -M), which are located in the Adult Section on the shelf next to the Hallmark DVDs. A full list of the games available at the library can be found at
The library also has a TV in the teen area with a Nintendo Switch, a WiiU, and an XBox One with a limited number of games pre-installed for in-house use. Patrons must check out the video games that they wish to play on our in-house systems.


The Cuba Library has 3 laptops and 1 iPad available for in-house use.  If you have a meeting that requires a computer with a camera, or all of the computers in the lab are in use, you can temporarily check out a laptop for in-library use. There is also an iPad that can be borrowed for short periods to use in the library.

clear plastic bin of assorted headphones and cables


The Cuba Library has a variety of chargers and small electronic items available for in-house use.  If you find yourself in need of a charger or cable, you can temporarily check out an Apple or Android (micro-usb) charger, a USB-C charger, USB to USB-C cable, headphone jack splitter, or even Headphones or an SD Card Reader.


AND if you need a cake pan for a special occasion, we have a good selection of Wilton pans to pick from, including these shapes: Baking tools (measuring cups & spoons), butterfly, cake pop pan, Carebear, checkerboard cake set, Cookie Monster, fire truck, flower, football helmet, Hello Kitty, 4 jack o’lanterns, 4 mounds, 2 muffin tins, 9″ Springform, Pie Plate, Purse, Scooby-Doo & Mystery Machine Van, Super Mario, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 3 Tier set, Tigger, tractor.  Pans may be checked out for 7 days.

clear plastic bin with cake tins sits under a wood display table with books