The Library of Things: Laptops, Balls, Rakes, Bakeware

Linda Keys, the librarian at Spokane Community College, is close with a student in the school’s baking program – a single mother of three who sometimes struggles to buy needed pastry utensils.

“She has to be cutthroat with her budget,” Keys said, “so she didn’t have money for her fondant tools.”

The cost of school supplies can add up fast, especially in vocational programs that require specialized tools for building engines or decorating cakes.

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