Wouldn’t it be convenient if every life change and new experience came in a kit with instructions? When looking for advice these days, you could sift through endless mountains of printed and online resources. When you need trustworthy information, maybe you already turn to the library’s books and website. But did you know that we also have specially designed kits on topics like health, child development and pregnancy that you can check out?
Library kits include pamphlets you can keep, books, DVDs and sometimes music and toys for kids. Ask for any kit at your library, or find it online , place a hold and pick it up at your library or bookmobile stop.
Our newest kits are the Mental Health To-Go Kits , which can help you learn about bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, autism, substance abuse recovery and disability awareness for kids. Each kit has a book, a film to watch and other great information. The kits are shelved with nonfiction books about mental health, and you can check them out for three weeks, just like other library books. They are made available with funding from a Library Services and Technology Act grant  and the Missouri Department of Mental Health .
Starting today, you can also check out our new and improved Little Red Reading Bags  for preschoolers ages 3-5. Each bag contains books, DVDs, music CDs and toys that you can borrow for four weeks at a time. There are 12 different themes such as Classic Tales, Farms and Gardens, Music and Movement and Food and Cooking.
Below is a list of other kit collections you can check out.
The Arthritis Self-Management Kits  include a copy of “The Arthritis Helpbook,” an illustrated exercise guide, a healing relaxation CD and information from the Central Missouri Regional Arthritis Center . Like the Mental Health Kits, you’ll find these on the nonfiction shelves and you can check them out for three weeks.
Parent Packs  for New and Expectant Parents
This set includes resources about pregnancy and parenting, a yoga DVD, a list of books for children about new siblings, information on breast-feeding, child safety and getting assistance from social service agencies. Borrow one for four weeks. Disponible en español también. Parent Packs are made possible by a generous donation from the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri .
Play As Learning Kits  for Children Through Age Two
Each of the 10 PAL kits contains books, toys and music or a video for young children ages birth-2 years. Keep each kit for four weeks and choose from themes like motor skills, language development, early math skills or creativity. Algunos kits están disponibles en español.
St. Louis Art Museum Kits  for Parents and Teachers
These kits contain replicas of art objects and artifacts that can be handled and looked at up close. They also have slides, posters, books and either audiocassettes or videos. Borrow one to share with your kids for three weeks.
Just for Book Clubs
If you have a book group, try out our convenient Book Discussion Kits . You get a tote bag filled with a set of 10 copies of a book and a companion book discussion guide to check out for eight weeks. This growing collection has over 65 titles including One Read books from the past  and popular fiction and nonfiction titles. Ask at the library or look them up in the catalog by using the keywords “book discussion kits.”
Ask at your library or look these kits up on our website at catalog.dbrl.org . We can’t answer all of life’s questions, but we won’t stop trying to make your life easier.