Archive for Sunday, August 26, 2012

Kansas libraries let people check out cake pans

August 26, 2012


— A longtime practice of checking out cake pans at libraries in Kansas, particularly in rural areas, has increased as people look for a way to save money while still providing treats for special occasions.

More cake pans are being loaned at the Great Bend Public Library after employees recently moved nearly 100 of the pans from a back room to bookshelves, The Hutchinson News reported.

The pans come packaged in large, plastic bags with decorating instructions. The collection grows as more people donate their pans.

“I just love watching people’s faces when they ask, ‘You have cake pans?’ Yep, we do,” said Cara Negaard, head of the library’s reference department.

Great Bend is just one of dozens across Kansas with such a collection. The library in Sabetha has a collection of 168 cake pans, while the Coffey County Library in eastern Kansas has 389 cake pans among its six branches.

The cake pan collections provide a valued service to community members, library officials say.

“It’s a great way for people who want to have a special cake, but they don’t want to go out and make a big purchase,” said Kathy Rippel, a consultant at the Central Kansas Library System in Great Bend.

“I think with the recession that started a couple of years ago, libraries began promoting these collections more and saying, ‘Hey, here are these things that we also have for you to use,’” said Tom Taylor, member library services coordinator at the South Central Kansas Library System, based in South Hutchinson.

The Great Bend Public Library had a few cake pans and provided free cake-decorating tips more than 25 years ago, said Terri Hurley, who retired last year as public relations director after 34 years at the library.

“We felt like it was a big help to the community at that time, especially in 1986, when there was nowhere else to get these pans,” Hurley said. “People would use a pan once and give it to the library, or find one at a sale and donate it. Once word got around, more people started using (the collection) and we kept getting more donations.”

The State Library of Kansas did not have information on how many libraries in the state have cake pan collections. In calls to the state’s seven regional library systems, The News found at least 32 libraries across Kansas with collections, although there could be more.

People who live in communities without a cake pan collection can ask about an interlibrary loan, Rippel said, adding that people can check the Kansas Library Catalog online to find cake pans in libraries that have catalogued their collections.


classclown 5 years, 5 months ago

Any of those libraries the Marie Antoinette Library?

classclown 5 years, 5 months ago

Next thing you know they'll be having jello molds.

northtowngrl 5 years, 5 months ago

You may be joking, but some do! Some also circulate tools. Its not a new thing, and its not just Kansas libraries, its also a service of many rural libraries in many states. Libraries have been circulating items to fit their community's needs since libraries began.

bevy 5 years, 5 months ago

What a great idea! You can also rent pans at some of the craft stores that sell cake supplies - such as Michael's and Hobby Lobby. But the library is free! Will have to call the Lawrence Library and see if they have any.

innerpeace 5 years, 5 months ago

Some county extension offices also offer the service. We used it many times when our kids were little.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 5 months ago

Free, free, free, and you wonder why there is no tax base anymore. Jez...

bad_dog 5 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, just thinking of the lost tax revenues resulting from sharing cake pans makes me want to go kick my dog or something...

RubyVrooom 5 years, 5 months ago

In the 70's and 80's in Iola Kansas I remember my parents used to check out paintings from the library. I think you could keep them for a few months, then they'd go switch them out for other ones. Does that still happen?

suesay 5 years, 5 months ago

My hometown library in Phillipsburg had paintings to check out. I moved in 1999, so I'm not sure if they still do, but they did until that year at least. They also had educational children's toys to check out as well.

fan4kufootball 5 years, 5 months ago

What a joke and waste of tax payer dollars.

bad_dog 5 years, 5 months ago

No need to buy Ho-Hos when you get the cake pans for free...

Scott Morgan 5 years, 5 months ago

The little joys of living rural. Bet dimes to bucks the pans were are donated.

fan4kufootball 5 years, 5 months ago

Even if the pans were donated there are still overhead costs.

bad_dog 5 years, 5 months ago

Please elaborate regarding all the "overhead costs" associated with having cake pans at libraries. I'm guessing a good bake sale would cover it...

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