The North Liberty Community Library has one very unique collection - cake pans. Started in 1990, this collection now contains 170 cake pans, ranging from teddy bears to Christmas trees to a bikini pan. The collection is almost entirely made up of donations. The pans have an annual circulation of about 1,000 and can be checked out for one week. They are cataloged and available on the online catalog and are also available through interlibrary loan. Currently, they are stored on top of several bookshelfs, but the library plans to have a special area for them that is more accessible when they expand in about four years.
Often the latest trends can be seen by looking at the cake pan circulation. For example, a few years ago the soccer pan was always checked out, but its popularity has faded. Some of the most popular pans are the dinosaur, truck, car, and train. The library has recently added Scooby Doo, Powder Puff Girls, and Bob the Builder pans to the collection. Since most of the pans are donated, the library doesn't always have the newest cake pans available. New donations are welcome!
The library has offered two cake decorating classes in the past and hopes to continue offering them. The classes have been popular, drawing 20 to 30 participants. A volunteer has taught the classes in the past and has students begin decorating on wax paper before moving on to a real cake baked in one of the library's pans.
Here is a sampling of the cake pans you may find at North Liberty Community Library!
To see a complete listing of cakepans:
Go to the online catalog:
Click on the Call # button
Browse the list (Note: to see the enitre listing, you need to use the arrows at the bottom of the page to advance to each new page)
Last Modified April 2003