Nightly News   |  August 24, 2013

A library card may get you more than you think

The library has evolved and checks out more than just books. Patrons also may borrow things like clippers and fishing rods. NBC's John Yang reports.

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>>> finally tonight, kipdles and ipads have given us new ways to read books and that's got some local libraries having to reinvent themselves. tonight john yang with changes at the checkout desk.

>> reporter: when ralph mandarino goes to the grosse public library outside of detroit it's not always for a book.

>> i have a tool on dereserve.

>> reporter: that's right a tool, a tree trimmer. he says it's a better dotool than owning him. if you bought that how many times would you use it.

>> that's point, only once a year.

>> reporter: everything from an adjustable wrench to "x" an exacto knife . they're still looking for y and z. libraries aren't just for books anymore. dvds are common on library shelves but the skokie, illinois, library, has things to make digital video , flip cams, laptops and small video cameras .

>> so i can put it on my head.

>> reporter: that you can wear.

>> we have people using a go pro camera for extreme stuff.

>> reporter: librarians say it's shifting from a world of print to digital content, offering things that can't be downloaded like telescopes and steel drums . kids are drawn to the musical tools like electronic synthesizers. some chicago public libraries offer a quieter attraction for kids, fishing poles. at the sherman park branch on the city's south side , cameron and jeremiah cook don't have to go far to use them. the lagoon behind the library is stocked with cat fish and blue gill .

>> i like coming to fish here because it's quiet and nice and relaxing.

>> reporter: but at the same time exciting.

>> it's like a rush through your blood. it's like you don't know what's going to happen next.

>> reporter: just like reading a good book.

>> you got a bite.

>> reporter: onyajohn yang, nbc news, grosse point farms, michigan.