Special Collections

The Strathmore Municipal Library is pleased to offer a variety of unique items for loans.  From educational children's kits to borrowing a unique piece of equipment, our special collections give library members the opportunity to borrow unique items without a financial investment.  All you need is a library card.  

Literacy Kits

  • Monster Literacy Kit - books, dinosaurs, caterpillars, monster hand puppet with removable pieces, and song sheet.
  • Bear Literacy Kit - books, bear drum and drumstick, ear puppet, story glove, instruction sheet.
  • Shapes Literacy Kit - books, giraffe hand puppet, flash cards, shape sorting toy, tower, instruction sheet.
  • Truck Literacy Kit - books, turtle hand puppet, wooden trucks, transportation puzzle, instruction sheet.
  • Plains, Trains, and Automobiles Literacy Kit - books, train set, owl puppet, vehicle counters, song and rhyme sheet. 
  • Itsy Bitsy Creepy Crawly Literacy Kit - books, ladybug puppet, caterpillar, bug counters, song and rhyme sheet.

Storytelling Kits

Each Storytelling Kit comes with 1 book, 1 lapboard, 1 instruction sheet and an assortment of stuffed storyboard toys.

Kits Available:

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
  • No David by David Shannon
  • The Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly by Lucille Colandro
  • Napping House by Audrey Wood
  • Pete the Cat: Rocking in the School Shoes by James Dean
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
  • It Looked Like Split Milk by Charles G. Shaw
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

The Smore Stuff Collection

The Smore Stuff Collection is available to borrow to any Town of Strathmore or Wheatland County resident with a library card. 

All items MUST be returned to the Strathmore Municipal Library.  

Holds: As we are unable to interlibrary loan these items out to other libraries, they are not displayed in the online catalogue. Town of Strathmore and Wheatland County patrons may place holds on items in person or over the phone at 403-934-5440.

Waiver: Patrons will be required to sign a waiver to borrow select items from the Smore Stuff Collection. 

Life Jackets

All life jackets are Department of Transport (Canada) approved.

  • Adult (4 Available)
  • Infant 20-30 lbs (2 Available)
  • Child 30-60 lbs (2 Available)
  • Youth 60-90 lbs (2 Available)
STEAM Kits

Ages listed for items are for information.  They are not lending limitations. 

  • Thinkfun Gravity Maze - Falling Marble Logic Game.  Ages: 8 to adult.  Weight: 796g
  • Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus - Who's ready to rock? This musical octopus sure is! With three ways to play, Think & Learn Rocktopus helps kids explore a variety of musical styles while learning about different instruments, rhythmic patterns, and more. Rocktopus comes with 15 musical instruments for preschoolers to mix (and remix) and let their creativity flow Ages: 36 months to 6 years
  • Fisher-Price Code-a-pillar - Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his path. This learning toy encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning & sequencing and critical thinking. There's no end to the combinations kids can make – mix up the segments and put them back together to send Code-a-pillar in a different direction every time! Where can you make him go next? Every time kids change and rearrange his segments, Code-a-pillar takes a different path. Every time – with cool sounds and lights wherever he goes! Includes 1 sound segment, 3 straights, 2 right turns and 2 left turns to send the learning fun in endless directions! Kids can even configure the segments to make Code-a-pillar reach targets they set up throughout the room. Code-a-pillar is one of the new Think & Learn toys from Fisher-Price that goes beyond ABCs and 123s to help children learn how to think independently. Each toy fosters 21st century skills like curiosity, experimentation and problem solving in ways kids haven't seen before. They're engaged in hands-on, open-ended discovery that helps them become lifelong learners.Ages: 36 months to 6 years
  • Learning Resources Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set - (Currently Unavailable) Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch the mouse race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided Activity Cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts. Create endless maze path possibilities with 16 maze grids, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels.Ages: 4+
  • City Engineering & Design Building Set - Encourage an early love of STEM learning with this one-of-a-kind City Building Set. Your little engineers can create their own skyscrapers, cranes, bridges and more with 89 easy-to-assemble pieces. Use the included activity cards to complete design challenges, or create your own city. It’s a unique way to challenge logic, problem solving, and engineering skills.  Ages 5+.               
  • Dive into Shapes: A "Sea" & Build Geometry Set - Splash into geometry! Combine sticks in 3 sizes, along with curves for making circles and cylinders, with 2 different types of connectors to build 2-D shapes. Then, combine them to make new 2-D shapes or even 3-D shapes! Child-friendly set features durable sticks, curves, and connectors.  Ages 6+
  • Playground Engineering & Design Building Set - Encourage your child to come up with their own designs or they can follow the Challenge Cards, which include how to build different pieces of equipment on a playground (a twisty slide, a swing set, a seesaw, and more). Reproducible worksheets based on the engineering design process are included in the Guide.  Ages 5+.
  • Pendulonium STEM Challenge - Physics fundamentals become playtime fun with the Pendulonium STEM Challenge from Learning Resources. This hands-on activity set challenges kids to send the included launch balls flying toward goal cups and targets with the help of a three-piece adjustable pendulum. What seems like a collection of simple tasks will actually challenge each child’s engineering, problem solving, and critical thinking skills as they play around with early physics concepts such as force and momentum in search of the ideal solution. In addition to using their brains, kids will also have to make careful use of their muscles—the pendulum in the Pendulonium STEM Challenge is completely kid-powered, and helps build hand-eye coordination and muscle control without the need for extra batteries, springs, or rubber bands. Each activity set comes with a full-color booklet filled with easy-to-build challenges, which also ramp up in difficulty to encourage leveled play and continued development. Ages 5+
  • Contraptions Construction Set -Young thinkers can design unbelievable ball track structures via simple, stacking planks. No glue, no connectors-just loads of constructive fun! The 50-Plank Set helps kids get things rolling with two balls and an instruction book detailing how to build a "Shooting Gallery," "Turbine," "Step Curve" and more.  Ages 3+
  • Coding Critters: Rumble & Bumble - (Currently Unavailable) Style: rumble & bumble meet the coding critters: your first coding friends! These playful Dino pets bring early stem concepts to preschool learning through 100% screen-free coding. Kids code along with their new pets’ storybook adventure, and help the clumsy rumble and bumbling bumble have a playtime they'll never forget! Each storybook coding challenge unfolds in the coding critters' Fun pet playset - can you code rumble to play hide and seek, Chase down a boulder from his volcano launcher, or knock over his break-apart cave? In addition to following along with the storybook's coding challenges, you can also use the pet playset to design your own code games and more! The coding critters also double as cute interactive pets - press scamper's nose to activate play mode, where you can feed, pet, and take care of your new Dino robot pal! You can even make her dance and sing a silly song!  Ages 3+
Tools
  • Dewalt DCD710S2 12 volt 3/8 inch Clutch Drill/Driver Set + Drill Bits - Includes: 1 CarryCase, 1 Clutch Driver/Drill, 1 12V Battery, 1 12v/20V Charger, 1 Drill Bit Case (13pieces), 1 Instruction Manual
  • DEWALT DCF885C1 20V Max 1/4" Impact Driver Kit + Bits - Includes: 1 Carry Case, 1 Cordless Impact Driver, 1 12V Battery, 1 12V/20V Charger, 1 Wrench Bit Case (34Pieces), 1 Instruction Manual
  • DEWALT DCS310S1 12-volt Max Pivot Reciprocating Saw Kit - Includes: 1 Carry Case, 1 Cordless Pivot Saw, 1 12V Battery, 1 12V/20V Charger, 1 6TPI Blade, 1 18TP Blade, 1 Instruction Manual
  • Mastercraft Socket & Tool Set - Includes: 41 Pieces + 1 Carry Case
  • Garden Tool Set - Includes: 1 Weeder, 1 Hand Trowel, 1 Pruner, 1 Hand Cultivator, 1 Steel Garden Knife (with protective cover), 1 Transplanter
  • Cake Decorating Kit - Includes: 1 Instruction Sheet, 2 Piping Bags, 4 Tips, 2 Couplers, 1 Cake Pan, 9 Cake Pan Inserts, 1 Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating Book, 1 First Time Cake Decorating Book
  • Learn to Burn Set - Learn the art of pyrography!  Includes 1 Learn to Burn Book, 1 Plastic Tool Case, 1 Instruction Manual, 1 Power Box, 4 Burning Tips, 1 Tong.
  • Everyday Tool Kit - The tool box for your everyday jobs around the home.  2 (8") Adjustable Crescent Wrenches, 1 Small Measuring Tape, 1 (100') Measuring Tape, 1 Crowbar, 1 Plaster Gun, 1 Hammer, 1 Combination Angle Square, 1 Ratchet Set, 5 Flathead Screwdrivers, 8 Phillips Screwdrivers,  6 Wrenches
Audio Visual & Music
  • CD Boombox with Kid's Headphones (3 Available) 
  • Casio Electronic Keyboard
Games 
  • Penguin Bowling
  • Giant Snakes & Ladders
  • Leap Frog Interactive World Map Kit
Outdoor Fun
  • Urban Poling Trekking Poles
  • 1 Set of Adult Snowshoes
  • 1 Set of Juvenile Snowshoes (17")
  • Disc Golf Set (2 Available)
Math Sets
  • Math-U-See Fraction Overlay Kit - 5 Green Pieces, 2 Orange Pieces
  • Math-U-See Integer Block Set - 
  • Math-U-See Algebra/Decimal Insert Kit
Misc.
  • Life Source Blood Pressure Monitor

Board Game Library

  • Phase 10 - Phase 10 is the rummy-type card game where players compete against one another to see who can complete 10 varied phrases first.
  • UNO - UNO® is the classic card game that’s easy to pick up and impossible to put down! Players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. Special action cards deliver game-changing moments as they help you defeat your opponents. 
  • Skip-Bo - Skip-Bo is the ultimate sequencing card game from the makers of UNO! Players use skill and strategy to create stacks of sequentially numbered, ascending cards (2,3,4…) until they have no more left to play. Once everyone is dealt their own personal stockpile of cards, play begins by drawing from a central pile and building up to four “build” piles. The Skip-Bo “wild” cards break up static situations and may be played as any number. Use these cards wisely, for they can really help you beat your opponents! The first player to deplete all of his or her Skip-Bo stockpile cards is the winner!
  • Bananagrams - The Anagram game that will drive you bananas. The award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper, or board. Fast and fun. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles first. Great for travel.
  • Blink - BLINK Card Game is the World’s Fastest Game. Blink is the lightning-fast game where two players race to be the first to play all of their cards. 

Misc. 

  • UWALK Pedometer - UWALK was developed by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta and funded by the Government of Alberta.