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Library of Things

Library of Things

Libraries aren’t just about the great books – now you can also check out technical items to use at home! Feel free to explore the Library of Things that includes a programmable educational robot, sewing machine, and portable DVD player.

We hope you enjoy the Library of Things at the West Chicago Public Library!

BORROWING GUIDELINES

Most Items

  • Patrons must be at least 18 years old and have a West Chicago Public Library card to borrow items.
  • Each item checks out for 7 days and can be renewed 2 times if no one else has placed a hold on the item.
  • Patrons can place holds on Library of Things via our online catalog or by contacting the Adult Services Reference Desk at
    630-231-1552 ext. 122
  • If an item becomes overdue, you will be charged $0.10 per day until you return the item.
  • Each item has replacement costs if lost or damaged.
  • All Library of Things items must be picked up at and returned to the Circulation Desk.
  • Please do not place Library of Things items in the outside drop box or lobby book return.

Mobile Hotspots, Roku 2, and Chromebooks

  • Patrons must be at least 18 years old and have a West Chicago Public Library card to borrow items.
  • Each item checks out for 21 days and can be renewed 2 times if no one else has placed a hold on the item.
  • Patrons can place holds on Library of Things via our online catalog or by contacting the Adult Services Reference Desk at
    630-231-1552 ext. 122
  • If an item becomes overdue, you will be charged $0.10 per day until you return the item.
  • Each item has replacement costs if lost or damaged.
  • All Library of Things items must be picked up and returned to the Circulation Desk.
  • Please do not place Library of Things items in the outside drop box or lobby book return.

Orion GoScope 80mm Telescope

  • Checks out for 7 days and can be renewed 2 times if no one else has placed a hold on the item.
  • Patrons can place holds on Library of Things via our online catalog or by contacting the Adult Services Reference Desk at
    630-231-1552 ext. 122
  • If item becomes overdue, you will be charged $0.10 per day until you return the item.
  • Item has replacement costs if lost or damaged.
  • Telescope must be picked up at and returned to the Circulation Desk.
  • Please do not place Telescope in the outside drop box or lobby book return.

LIBRARY OF THINGS ITEMS


Adapter/Converter Things


HDMI to DVI Adapter Cable – 6 feet

 

 

 

Adapter Cable: HDMI to DVI Adapter Cable – 6 feet: Connect technology with a DVI port to an HDMI port.

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HDMI to VGA Adapter Cable – 5 feet

 

 

Adapter Cable: HDMI to VGA Adapter Cable – 5 feet: Connect technology with a VGA port to an HDMI port.

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Dansrue Cassette to MP3 Converter

 

 

Dansrue Cassette to MP3 Converter: Converts cassette tapes into digital MP3 files. Also plays cassettes and offers plug and play compatibility.

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Computer Things


Chromebook 5190 2-in-1 with Mobile Hotspot Kit

 

 

Chromebook 5190 2-in-1 with Mobile Hotspot Kit: Convertible notebook with HD touchscreen display, Chrome OS , and Intel Celeron N3350 processor. Includes mobile hotspot.

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Chromebook Kit (5190 or 11 3181 2-in-1)

 

 

Chromebook Kit (5190 or 11 3181 2-in-1): Convertible notebook with HD touchscreen display, Chrome OS , and Intel Celeron N3350 processor.

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Franklin T10 Mobile Hotspot

 

Mobile Hotspot Kit: This device allows you to wirelessly connect laptop computers, smartphones and similar devices to the internet without using data and without being limited to one location. Hotspots can be used in outside public places, public transportation, or in your home.

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iScan Wand Portable Scanner Kit

 

 

Portable Scanner Kit (iScan Wand ): No software installation required to quickly scan pictures or documents to your own memory card (not included) in JPG or PDF format. Choose from three image resolution options.

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USB 3.5" Floppy Drive

 

 

USB 3.5″ Floppy Drive: Plug this external disk drive into a computer to access pictures, files, and data from Floppy disks.

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Crafty Things


Jewelry making tools kit

 

 

Jewelry-Making Tools Kit: For jewelry crafting and repair. Includes 3 pliers, 6 needles, 2 tweezers, 1 caliper, 1 awl, 1 jump-ring opener, thread scissors, tape measure, and threader.

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Crenova A4 Laminator Kit

 

 

Laminator Kit (Crenova A4): Set includes basic laminator, paper trimmer, and corner rounder. You will need your own laminating pouches.

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Long knitting loom kit

 

 

Long Knitting Loom Kit: Easy and quick knitting for both beginners and more experienced knitters. Can be used for scarves, hats, blankets, and more. Features four sized of looms, a plastic needle, hook, instructions, and carrying bag.

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Paper edger scissors craft kit

 

 

 

Paper Edger Scissors Craft Kit: A 6-piece arts & crafts scissor set that provides endless design possibilities for albums, greeting cards, memory books, gift tags, and other paper and photo crafts.

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Paper punch craft kit

 

 

 

Paper Punch Craft Kit: 20 Assorted Katfort paper hole puncher shapes (2.5 cm x 3 cm x 3.2 cm) and 6 assorted BearBoss paper hole puncher shapes (4 cm x 7 cm x 5.6 cm).

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Paper quilling slotted tools kit

 

 

 

Paper Quilling Slotted Tools Kit: Includes a quilling coach, 4 quilling needle pens, tweezers, and 5 slotted needle pens to make quilling easier for beginners.

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Round Knitting Loom Kit: Can assist in making scarves, hats, socks, shawls, gloves, and much more. Easy and quick knitting for both beginners and pros. Features four sizes of round looms, four sizes of pompom makers, a plastic needle, and a hook.

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Brother Sewing Machine

 

 

 

Sewing Machine (Brother): This sewing machine can be used for a variety of sewing and craft projects. Includes accessories to sew button holes, zippers, and several other types of stitches.

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Fiskars SureCut Trimmer

 

Trimmer Kit (Fiskars SureCut): Accurately cuts paper, photos, or scrapbook pages. Scale and grid mat ensures precision and swing-out arm extends measuring deck to over 15 inches.

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E-Reader Things


Kindle Adult Contemporary 1 eReader

 

 

 

Kindle Adult Contemporary 1 eReader: Contemporary 1 Kindle comes preloaded with more than 20 unique titles such as The Perfect Couple by Elin Hildebrand and The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.

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Kindle Adult Contemporary 2 eReader

 

 

 

Kindle Adult Contemporary 2 eReader: Contemporary 2 Kindle comes preloaded with more than 20 unique titles such as A Spark of Light by Jodie Picoult and The Roosevelts by Geoffrey C. Ward.

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Kindle Mystery/Suspense 1 eReader

 

 

 

Kindle Mystery/Suspense 1 eReader: Mystery/Suspense 1 Kindle comes preloaded with more than 20 unique titles such as The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ward and Double Blind by Iris Johansen.

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Kindle Mystery/Suspense 2 eReader

 

 

 

Kindle Mystery/Suspense 2 eReader: Mystery/Suspense 2 Kindle comes preloaded with more than 20 unique titles such as Paradox by Catherine Coulter and The President is Missing by James Patterson.

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Kindle Romance eReader

 

 

 

Kindle Romance eReader: Romance Kindle comes preloaded with more than 20 titles including novels such as Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks and The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory.

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Game Things


 

 

Checkers & Tic-Tac-Toe Game Kit: Foldable game board features a checkerboard on one side and tic-tac-toe on the other. Includes giant 3-inch checkers and a storage bag.

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Kotion EACH Pro Gaming Headset

 

 

Kotion EACH Pro Gaming Headset: This headset provides vivid sound field, sound clarity, and sound shock feeling. It can be used for various games and includes soft over-ear pads for long-time wear.

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Scythe Game: A board game set in an alternate history 1920s period. Players conquer territory, enlist recruits, build structures, and more.

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Settlers of Catan Game: Trade, build, and settle on the island of Catan in this strategy board game for 3 or 4 players.

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Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player Extension: Add this extension to the Settlers of Catan game to play with up to six people.

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Playstation Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller

 

 

Wireless Controller (Playstation 4 Dualshock): Features intuitive, precision controls. Compatible with PlayStation 4 software version 3.5 or later.

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Xbox Wireless Controller

 

 

Wireless Controller (Xbox): Features textured grip and includes Bluetooth for gaming on Windows 10 devices.

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Wii Remote and Nunchuk Controller Kit

 

 

Wireless Controller Kit (Wii Remote and Nunchuk): Contoured to fit a player’s hand, the Nunchuk controller builds on the simplicity of the Wii Remote controller. Compatible with Wii and Wii U consoles.

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Health-y Things


Omron 5 Series Blood Pressure Monitor Kit

 

 

Omron 5 Series Blood Pressure Monitor Kit: This device is a digital monitor intended for use in measuring blood pressure and pulse rate in ADULT patient population only. It detects the appearance of irregular heartbeats during measurement and gives a warning signal with the measurement result. It uses the oscillometric method of blood pressure measurement, which detects blood movement through your brachial artery and converts the movements into a digital reading. It does not need a stethoscope.

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Home & Garden Things


Garden Hand Tools Kit

 

 

Garden Hand Tools Kit: A 5-piece set with pruning shears, a spray bottle, two trowels, and a 3-tine rake, all in a plastic carrying case.

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Home Repair Tool Set Kit

 

 

Home Repair Tool Set Kit: A 149-piece set of essential tools for household projects including hammer, adjustable wrench, pliers, measuring tape, 3/8-inch drive ratchet handle, sockets, screwdriver bits, and hex key wrenches.

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Laser level kit

 

Laser Level Kit: Three-in-one laser level with high precision and visibility. This T series laser level with three-beam vertical, horizontal, and crossline laser takes advanced technology to deliver maximum line laser visibility up to 50 feet.

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Kill-A-Watt Power Meter Kit

 

 

Power Meter Kit (Kill-A-Watt): Meter accurately measures electricity needed to operate many household items such as refrigerators, space heaters, lights, video games, televisions, and entertainment centers.

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Sonkir Soil Moisture Light Tester Kit

 

 

Soil Moisture Light Tester Kit (Sonkir): This 3-in-1 soil moisture meter is designed to detect soil moisture, measure pH value of soil, and determine if plants get enough sunlight.

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ProSensor 710+ Professional Stud Finder

 

 

Stud Finder (ProSensor 710+ Professional): Just press the button and LED lights accurately indicate studs. Includes built-in bubble level.

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Black + Decker Thermal Leak Detector Kit

 

 

Thermal Leak Detector Kit (Black + Decker): The Black & Decker thermal leak detector helps you increase the efficiency of your home’s insulation by finding leaky areas. You’ll identify problem areas around drafty windows and doors and uncover hidden leaks and insulation “soft spots” around your home. Check windows, ducts, and walls with the thermal reference light that indicates hot and cold spots.

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Music Things


SoundCore 2 Bluetooth Speaker

 

 

Bluetooth Speaker (SoundCore 2): This portable bluetooth speaker can be used to broadcast from a device of your choice. Devices can connect to the speaker within a range of 66 feet.

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Portable Bluetooth CD Player Kit

 

 

 

CD Player Kit (Portable Bluetooth): A rechargeable CD player with a backlit display. Easily pairs with Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Includes cables, earbuds, storage bag and user manual.

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Singstation Karaoke System

 

 

Karaoke System (Singstation): Connect your smartphone or tablet for songs/karaoke videos from YouTube and other karaoke apps; No CDs needed. Either stream songs wirelessly via Bluetooth from a smartphone or tablet or use the aux-in cable to listen to the wireless speaker. Includes three voice effects (high pitch, low pitch, and chipmunk), speaker, microphone, AC power adapter, and cradle to hold smartphone, tablet, or other device.

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Hand Roll Up Piano Kit

 

 

Piano Kit (Hand Roll Up): This 88-Key compact roll-up piano with built-in speakers can be connected to a computer or to headsets. It includes demo songs and sound effects.

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littleBits- KORG Synth Kit

 

 

Synth Kit (littleBits: KORG): Both kids and professional musicians can explore the science of sound, make sweet beats, and create instruments with this award-winning modular synthesizer. littleBits is a system of electronic building blocks that snap together.

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Wockoder Briefcase Turntable

 

 

Turntable (Wockoder Briefcase): Portable and lightweight three speed (33/45/78 rpm) turntable with built-in stereo speaker plays 7″, 10″, or 12″ records. It’s Bluetooth ready and includes USB flash drive and SD memory card readers. Listen with the full range stereo speaker or connect your headphones.

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Ukulele Kala KA-15S Kit

 

 

 

Ukulele Kala KA-15S Kit: This bundle includes a soprano ukulele, hard case, clip-on tuner, polishing cloth, and instructional DVD.

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Phone and Mobile Device Things


Flexible Long Arm Holder Kit

 

 

Flexible Long Arm Holder Kit: A cell phone or tablet holder with a 360 degree rotating flexible mount and 2-stage adjustable arm. Clamps to a chair, desk, or table and holds devices between 4” and 12.9.”

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Aibocn Power Bank

 

 

 

Aibocn Power Bank: Plug your phone directly into the charger and use it as an expanded battery pack. In order to use the power bank, you will need to have a USB input device or a USB converter.

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Photography Things


Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Camera

 

 

Camera (Fujifilm FinePix S1500): This 10-megapixel long zoom digital camera includes features that provide quality pictures with increased clarity and sharpness. You will need an SD card and 4 AA batteries.

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GoPro Hero 5 Camera

 

 

Camera (GoPro Hero 5): Take 4K video and 12MP photos with this tiny action camera. It includes a touch display and a waterproof design.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W560 Camera

 

 

Camera (Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W560): Compose, view and share images and 720p movies on 3.0″ LCD and capture shots up close with 4x optical zoom. Offers various shooting modes and features, including sweep panorama mode and iAuto mode.

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Kodak Slide N Scan digital film scanner kit

 

 

Kodak Slide N Scan Digital Film Scanner Kit: Lets you view, edit, and convert your old color and B&W negatives and slides to digital files.

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Tripod (Zeikos Pro Series 59”): A full size photo/video tripod with carrying case that can be used with camcorders and digital cameras.

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Kodak Playsport Video Camera

 

 

 

Video Camera (Kodak Playsport):  This handheld, waterproof and portable video camera is ideal for shooting short videos.  You will need your own computer or device with USB input or a WiFi connection to send the videos straight from the camera to your own device.

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Recording and Presentation Things


 

 

Projector (Auking Mini): A portable home theater projector for sharing videos, games, and photos. Connects to your device with an HDMI adapter.

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Proxima DP2000 Projector

 

Projector (Proxima DP2000): Plug into a computer, video player, or gaming system to project images. You will need a device with USB output or a USB adapter to use the Proxima projector.

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QKK Mini Projector

 

 

Projector (QKK Mini): This portable projector uses Bluetooth to stream from your phone and other Bluetooth capable devices. You can also connect your device to the projector with an HDMI cord.

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Projector Screen Kit

 

 

Projector Screen Kit: An indoor or outdoor 100-inch screen with stand. It has a 160-degree wide viewing angle and 4K ultra-HD projection. Includes a convenient carrying bag and water bags, ground nails, and ropes to help keep it steady.

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H4n Pro Handy Recorder Kit

 

 

Recorder Kit (H4n Pro Handy): Four-Track Audio Recording for Music, Film, Podcasting, and more.

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Samson Q2U Recording and Podcasting Kit

 

 

Recording and Podcasting Kit (Samson Q2U): This kit includes over­ ear headphones and a microphone for use in recording sound files or livestreaming sound.

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Ring Light With Tripod Kit (Sensyne): Features a high-sensitivity touch panel design, three color modes (cool white, warm yellow, and daylight), and ten brightness levels. Perfect for photographers, YouTubers, Vloggers, TikTokers, etc. Includes an adjustable tripod that extends from 15.7 inches to 50 inches.

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Wireless Remote Presenter (BEBONCOOL) : This handheld remote can be used for slideshow presentations or to highlight items on a screen with the light pointer. It connects to a computer or device through a small USB adapter.

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Science and Technology Things


littleBits: Gizmos & Gadgets

 

Gizmos & Gadgets (littleBits): LittleBits consists of tiny circuit-boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning, and fun. Each bit has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc.), and modules snap to make larger circuits.

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Sphero SPRK +

 

 

 

Sphero SPRK +: This is an educational robot that can be used to teach programming. Using the SPHERO Edu app and provided mazes, you can move the robot ball around by giving it commands. You will need a Bluetooth capable device that is able to download the free SPHERO Edu app.

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Orion GoScope 80mm Telescope

 

 

 

Telescope (Orion GoScope 80mm): Observe the moon, planets, star clusters, and other objects in space with this telescope. Sets up on a table top. Tripod included.

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Vehicle Things


Bike Repair Kit

 

 

Bike Repair Kit: A basic repair kit which includes a bike multi tool, sockets, wrenches, a bike crank extractor, a bottom bracket remover, a mini pump, tire levers, metal rasp, and a tool pouch.

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OBDII & EOBD code reader kit

 

 

Code Reader Kit (OBDII & EOBD): Scan and erase error codes, find out what the problem is, and perhaps fix it. Works on most 1996 US-based, 2000 EU-based and Asian cars, and newer OBD II & CAN domestic or import vehicles. Cannot read and erase ABS, SRS (Airbag), and other systems fault codes.

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Visual Entertainment Things


 

NaviSkauto Dual Screen Car Headrest DVD Player

 

 

 

DVD Player (NaviSkauto Dual Screen Car Headrest):  This DVD player can play videos in a vehicle on two separate screens.  The screens are attached to the headrests of the front seats and the screens project to the passengers back seat.

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Sylvania 9” Swivel Screen Portable DVD & Media Player

 

 

 

Portable DVD & Media Player (Sylvania 9” Swivel Screen): This portable DVD player plays movies or music on your own personal screen.

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Roku Devices: Stream movies and TV shows to your TV using the Vudu app. You will need Wi-Fi in your home, as well as a TV with an HDMI or composite input.

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