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Jan. 20, 2021

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Check It Out: Book time in 2021 for a new hobby

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A new year, a fresh start – that’s what I’m focusing on these days. Who knows what 2021 has in store for us, but I was very happy to take down my 2020 calendars and replace them with brand new, start-from-scratch, chronological markers of 2021.

January can be a hard month to appreciate. The joy and excitement from the holidays is over, schoolwork starts up again, it’s usually cold and gray, and there are 31 long days to endure. That’s why January is the perfect choice for National Hobby Month (it’s also National Hot Tea Month, so start brewing). Whether you already have a hobby you enjoy or are looking for something to keep you busy during the long month of January, the library can assist you.

A fun way to learn a new hobby (or add knowledge to a hobby you currently enjoy) starts with Creativebug. This online resource is available through the library’s web site,, and all you need to get started is a library card. Described as having “thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists,” you can find projects for any occasion. Upcoming classes include sewing hair accessories, making an herbal infused body oil and creating an animatronic owl figure. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in DIY projects.

Of course the library also has many hobby-related books. As we all know, there are a lot of hobbies to choose from, and I don’t even want to try and guess what hobbies are of interest to my readers, so the reading list I’m providing is just the tip of the hobby iceberg, so to speak. Be sure to search the library’s catalog for other topics not included in today’s list.

Happy hobby hunting!

• “Adorable Animal Quilting: 20+ Charming Patterns for Paper-Pieced Dogs, Cats, Turtles, Monkeys and More” by Ingrid Alteneder.

• “Create Your Life Book: Mixed-Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth” by Tamara Laporte.

• “DIY Projects for Cats and Dogs: 20 Easy-to-Build Creations for Your Best Friend” by Armelle Rau.

• “The Gift of Calligraphy: A Modern Approach to Hand Lettering with 25 Projects to Give & Keep” by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls.

• “Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Book” by Tanis Gray.

• “Low-Mess Crafts for Kids: 72 Projects to Create Your Own Magical Worlds” by Debbie Chapman.

• “The Maker’s Manual: A Practical Guide to the New Industrial Revolution” by Andrea Maietta.

• “Woodworking: The Indispensable Guide” by Chris Tribe.