Check them out: Lendable artifacts at the library–museum

Check them out: Lendable artifacts at the library–museum
Hoot: Book borrowers may be able to check out this stuffed screech-owl after the Brower Park branch of Brooklyn Public Library moves to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in 2019.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

When Brooklyn Public Library’s Brower Park branch moves into the Brooklyn Children’s Museum sometime in 2019, the institution’s staff will revive a unique lending program they abandoned in the 1960s that allowed members to take home artifacts from the museum’s 30,000-piece collection. Honchos have yet to work out exactly how the initiative will work, and which items will be on loan, but here are a few of the more interesting artifacts that kids may be able to borrow for show-and-tell.

No strings attached: An arched harp from Central Africa may also be among the lendable items on offer.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

A stuffed owl

Nothing causes a hoot among youngsters quite like a dead animal. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum has an impressive collection of taxidermied creatures, including this eastern screech-owl, a proficient hunter of woodland rodents.

Holy mola!: A Panamanian mola panel is another item that Brooklyn Children’s Museum staffers are considering loaning to kids.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

An African harp

All kids should learn how to play an instrument, so why not start with this arched harp, a musical invention of central Africa.

Hot toys: Youngsters might be able to borrow this iron, horse-and-carraige water-pump when the Brower Park branch moves into the museum.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

The ultimate accessory

Budding designers can draw inspiration from this mola, a hand-stitched panel that Panamanian women used to decorate their blouses and to show off their skills with a needle and thread.

Puppet play: Kids may have an opportunity to check out this Indonesian shadow puppet from the Brower-Bark library after it moves into the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

The original fire engine

This iron horse-and-carriage figurine is actually a steam-powered water pump that was on the cutting edge of fire-fighting technology — at the dawn of the 20th century.

A shadow actor

Puppet theater is considered high art in some Southeast-Asian countries, and features creations like this Indonesian shadow-puppet, a perfect learning aide for the budding thespian.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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