StoryKit

One Kit. Hundreds of ways to tell your story.

Featuring a fun, easy-to-use set of audiovisual and artistic tools, telling your story has never been easier. Visit your local branch to check one of these kits out for up to three weeks!  

What's included?

  • Polaroid Cube+ Wifi: Record HD 1440p video with a 124° wide-angle lens, and built-in battery that records up to 90 minutes. Weather proof and now with WiFi and a mobile app (available on Android and iOS).
  • Magic Wand Scanner: Portable scanner that can capture images up to 900 dpi. Use this to scan family photos and documents.
  • Zoom H1 Recorder: Professional-quality stereo recording that fits in your pocket. Use this to interview family and friends.
  • Leda Sketchbook and art supplies: Professional artist sketchbooks with thick 81-pound paper. Use up to one page of the sketchbook for your visual journal entry. Colorful pens and sketching pencils are also included in the kit.

Where can you check them out?

  • StoryKits are available for check out at Arlington Hills Community Center (3), George Latimer Central Library (1), Riverview Library (1), Rondo Community Library (1), and Saint Anthony Park Library (1). StoryKits can only be reserved in-person.

Polaroid Cube+

Quickstart Guide:

  • Turning on the device: Hold the MAIN BUTTON down for three seconds (device will beep and a GREEN light will appear).
  • Taking photos: click the MAIN BUTTON once.
  • Recording video: click the MAIN BUTTON twice to start recording (RED light will start flashing and you will hear a beep). Hit the MAIN BUTTON again to stop recording (INDICIATOR LIGHT will return to GREEN and you will hear a beep).
  • Battery: Make sure the battery is charged! The INDICATOR LIGHT on the top will flash ORANGE if the battery is low.
  • MicroSD Card: Your Cube+ comes with an 8 GB MicroSD card, which can record up to 40 minutes of video. Please make sure this is properly inserted before use. The INDICATOR LIGHT will flash RED AND ORANGE if the SD Card is full. 
  • Saving content and returning: After you have saved your files on a computer, please reformat the MicroSD card before returning to the library. If you do not, an SPPL staff member will delete the files before returning the kit to circulation.
  • Turning off the device: Hold the MAIN BUTTON down for three seconds (device will beep).

Download the Mobile App!

Do you have a smartphone? Consider downloading the easy-to-use Cube+ mobile app, available on Android and iOS for free! Once downloaded, follow these steps to get your Cube+ up and running!

  1. Go to the Google Play or Apple App Store and search for Polaroid Cube+. Download the app to your device.
  2. Click the top button of your Cube until it starts beeping signaling that the device is ON. Click the WIFI button until it flashes blue. 
  3. Go to the SETTINGS menu on your phone and connect to the CUBE+ wifi network. The password should be 1234567890.
  4. Go to the app on your phone and click Connect to My Cube+ (should be a green button on the bottom of the screen).

Once your connected to your Cube+, you'll be able to see through your camera's viewfinder, in addition to being able to manage files. 


Magic Wand Scanner

Quickstart Guide:

First step: To operate the scanner, insert a microSD card to record and store files.

How to Scan

  1. Turn on the scanner by pressing and holding the [Power/Scan] button down for 2 seconds.
  2. Place the document on a flat surface and hold down the document with one hand.
  3. Place the scanner on the edge of the paper approximately 5/8 to3/4 of an inch onto the page to ensure the whole document can be scanned. Make sure to keep the scanning area in between the scanning width indicator marked on the side of the scanner.
  4. Hold the scanner flat against the material and then press the [SCAN] button once.
  5. Slide the scanner slowly, keeping your hand stable to get the best quality picture.
  6. Press the [SCAN] button again to stop scanning.

Viewing your scans

  1. Connect your scanner to your computer and then turn on your scanner.
  2. Your computer should recognize the scanner as a "Removable Disk." Click "Open folder to view files" to view and import scans.

Zoom H1 Recorder

Preparing to record

Turning the power on/off: turning the unit ON and OFF is easy.

  1. To turn the unit ON, slide the power switch down for about 1 second.
  2. To turn the unit OFF, slide the power switch down for about 1 second again.

Disabling the buttons: the buttons can be disabled to prevent recording from being stopped accidentally, for example.

  1. To disable the buttons, slide the power switch upward to HOLD.
  2. To enable use of the buttons again, slide the power switch back to the middle position.

Reducing noise/improving sound qualtiy: The Lo Cut filter can be turned ON or OFF (on back of unit). When ON, the sound of wind and other noise can be reduced.

  1. Slide the LO CUT switch to ON.
  2. Slide the AUTO LEVEL switch to ON.

Recording

After turning on the unit, you can start recording from the home screen with the press of the record button on the front side of the device (circle with red dot).

  1. Press the record button to start recording (recording time appears on the screen).
  2. press the record button again to stop recording and return to the home screen.
  3. Press the Play/Pause button (on right side of device) to create a track mark as you record.

Playing

  1. After you finished recording, you can hit the Play/Pause button on the right side of the device to play the last recorded file.
  2. Use the Fast Forward/Rewind buttons during playback to select files.
  3. Press the record button to return to the home screen.

Delete files

  1. Press the Trashcan button on the right side of the device during playback of the file you want to delete.
  2. Press the record button to confirm. Press Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, or Trashcan buttons to cancel deletion.

Reformatting SD Cards

All of the electronic tools included in the StoryKit use Micro SD cards to save files on the device. After transferring files to a computer for safekeeping, it's important that we reformat the SD cards to permanently delete files remaining on the device. This helps protect patron privacy, and ensures that these devices have adequate storage room for the next story you capture. Follow these easy steps to reformat.

  1. Insert your micro SD card into a micro SD card adapter or reader compatible with your micro SD card. 
  2. Insert the card reader or adapter into a USB port or SD card slot on your Windows computer.
  3. Click on the Start menu and select "Computer" or "My Computer". 
  4. Right-click on your card reader in the list of drives and select "Format". A window displaying formatting options will display on-screen.
  5. Place a checkmark next to "Quick Format". If you were able to click the "Format" option, a box will appear with several options including "Quick Format". Check that box for best results.
  6. Click on the “Start” button. Your computer will begin to format your micro SD card, and erase all its contents. Once formatting is complete you will have a blank, newly formatted micro SD card for use.

User Agreement

By submitting your story via StoryKit you are agreeing to the Digital Scrapbook User Agreement.

  • By contributing to the SPPL Digital Scrapbook site, you grant the Saint Paul Public Library the right to make your contribution publicly available, to copy it for preservation, and to distribute it for non-commercial purposes.
  • The Saint Paul Public Library is under no obligation to post a story or photo that may violate federal law or Library policies.
  • The copyright and any related rights to stories or photos contributed to the site are the sole responsibility of the contributors.

About 100 Years/100 Stories

One-hundred years ago, the Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) expanded from a single building to a network of neighborhood libraries, ushering in a new era of community-oriented service. In celebration of 100 years of transforming alongside our community, we aim to collect the rich, individual stories that define us. Learn more and tell us your SPPL story at sppl.org/100.