A national craze is going around for libraries to not only check out ephemeral items of knowledge, like books, but hard items made for use. The libraries of Onondaga County are jumping on that bandwagon, offering their patrons assorted cake pans and musical instruments. And why not? As the article points out, not everybody learns through book learning. Some have to get their elbow grease on, burning pans and plucking strings and such. I just wonder if they budgeted for the maintenance of the items or if they are winging it? Do all objects have the caveat of "as is" attached? The logistics are just odd to me. Maybe I think too much, but I did "pan duty" in college kitchens and got an advanced degree to never do that type of work again. Then again, I'm unemployed so there you go.