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Curious about the needle arts? The Morse Institute Library in Natick, Mass., will not only lend you books on knitting and crocheting, but it’ll also spot you the implements you need. Patrons can check out needle and hook sets for up to nine weeks with two renewals—”plenty of time to complete an awesome scarf, hat, or pair of mittens,” according to the library. People with a Minuteman Library Network library card can also partake of the kits. “Libraries want to be centers of learning,” Anna Litten, the library’s community relations coordinator, told MetroWest Daily News.

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KNIT WITS

In addition, Morse the MIL Stitchers, a community-service-oriented knitting and crocheting circle that creates handmade items such as “chemo caps” and scarves for the troops. It was the regularity with which members shared their needles, in fact, that gave assistant Karen Perkins the idea of offering them as part of the library’s collection.

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“The MIL Stitchers impress me so much,” Litten said. “So few libraries think about giving back to the community the way this group does.”

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[Via MetroWest Daily News]