STKits for children with hearing impairments. Prince George's County Memorial Library Children's Services. Free. At six branch libraries; can be ordered at others. 699-3500.

Libraries, as we already know, lend more than books. They lend records, a comfortable place to read, and even more surprising things. The Prince George's County libraries, for instance, lend kits filled with books and toys for children with hearing impairments. There are five different kits, each with four or five books (nursery rhymes in signed English, books about deafness, guide books, picture books) and several small toys, from a doll with a hearing aid to toys that teach color and shape. Every kit has a small percussion instrument, as well as instructions for using the kit and a list of organizations that serve the deaf. For the child to keep, there are signed alphabet and counting coloring books. The kits would, of course, tempt any child with or without a hearing impairment. And they could inspire parents to develop their own kits to deal with their children's special problems.

Kits for children with hearing impairments. Prince George's County Memorial Library Children's Services. Free. At six branch libraries; can be ordered at others. 699-3500.