CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - You know, libraries are not just for books anymore. They also have audio and video materials and computers with the Internet. And now, Calcasieu Parish libraries have cake pans that patrons can borrow just as they would a book.
Library director Gabriel Morley said people who went to community meetings are all for it.
"This was one of the more popular ideas. They didn't want to go out and buy a 'My Pretty Pony' cake pan and use it one time and then never have another use for it. I mean they're $15 to $25 a piece, and once your kid has the birthday party, you really have no use for the cake pan," said Morley.
You can see on the web, Calcasieu is not the first system with such a program. They've budgeted $1,500 dollars to buy about 150 cake pans to share between branches.
"We're doing some different things. We're doing some non-traditional programming to get people into the library. Literacy is an important issue, and this is a way for us to reach out into the community and grab some of those people," said Morley.
Right now at Central, they only have two cake pans -- a choo-choo train and a tractor. But, within a month, they'll have 30 or more for people to choose from.
"They can come in, check one out, keep it for a couple of weeks, wash it, bring it back, and then they don't have to worry about having storage problems for the cake pans or having wasted money on a cake pan," said Public Information Officer Christy Duhon.
Duhon said they are still cataloging the pans.
"What you see on the Internet right now is only a taste of what we have. There will be more to come in the future," said Morley.
And if you think cake pans are outside of the box, there's likely more to come.
"We've been kicking around the idea of checking out fishing poles at the Moss Bluff Branch so people could come, check out fishing poles, come to the state park and do some fishing," said Morley.
But first, cake pans. There are a few cake pans ready to check out now, but the program won't fully roll out for several weeks.