National Hobby Month


January is National Hobby Month. What will you be inspired to create, learn or discover? Check out upcoming games, crafts and activity programs and DIY and Maker Workshops. Browse hoopla's streaming videos on a variety of hobbies from photography to gaming. Curious what library staff does when not reading? Check out crafty staff picks.


FASHION AND CRAFTS

Register for an upcoming program in the Castlewood Makerspace or request an appointment to learn about the Makerspace. Want to become a cosplayer? We can help with this creative cosplay list filled with books and websites to help you become your favorite character. Don't want to design cosplay fashion but still want to immerse yourself in your favorite character's world? Explore pop culture baking and crafting projects. If you liked detailed projects, try your hand at beaded crochet and embroidery. If you're interested in upcycling, check out these upcycle DIY guides.


TECHNOLOGY

Visit Lynda.com to learn a new skill online, from Microsoft Office tutorials to HTML and JavaScript, plus courses on how to become a photographer (check out a photography book), recording engineer and many others. Dive into Treehouse if you're interested in developing and designing mobile and web apps and websites. Curious about others who have taken their skills to the next level and honed their craft? Settle in for these creative films that feature tiny builders, urban homesteading and more, and get inspired from their successes (and failures).


GENEALOGY

Did you know Arapahoe Libraries can help you research your family history? Check out our Genealogy hub for online resources and blogs. A librarian can help you get started when you request a 30 minute one-on-one help session.


AUTOMOBILES AND THINGS THAT GO

Did you know Araphoe Libraries has an online database about DIY repair and maintenance for vehicles? We do!


BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Of course we consider books a hobby! Need recommendations? Fill out the Need Suggestion form, browse Staff Picks and check out the Books page for all kinds of lists, recommendations and more. Don't forget about graphic novelsbooks clubs and eBooks and eAudiobooks! And if you have too many books, consider a book swap


MOVIES, TELEVISION AND MUSIC

Movies and music can transport you just like a book. Check out the Movies and Music page for recommendations and lists. Come to a movie showing (for all ages!). Are you an aspiring musician or filmmaker? Visit the Studios at Southglenn or Smoky Hill Libraries to start creating your masterpiece. 


TRAVELING

Interesting in exploring that great big world? Check out travel eBooks and learn a new language (for free!) at Transparent Language Online.


THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Love what Colorado's outdoors has to offer? Show those kiddos these great nature picture books. Take the kids outside for a nature walk. These survival story reads will satisfy the urge for adventure. Set a goal to visit a National Park. Want to stay close to home? Check out the Exploration Pass for free passes to museums around the Metro Denver area, or put yourself on hold for a Colorado State Parks pass


GARDENING

Have a green thumb? Get the kids involved in creating a crafty garden. Grow your own food; it's called edible landscaping! Get advice on how to grow plants in Colorado's climate. No green thumbs? Imagine yourself surrounded when you read about lush greenery and fragrant blooms. It isn't too early to plan your garden this year with gardening eBooks from from OverDrive. Plus check out cute picture books about gardening.


BAKING AND COOKING

Love spending time in the kitchen? Check out these cookbooks to inspire you if you like cooking for a crowd. Be sure to browse staff's favorite cookbooks. Like blogs? These 13 cookbooks were written by bloggers (plus these 11 more!). Owner of an Instant Pot? These Instant Pot cookbooks should help you fill up your belly. Rather have soup? These winter soups should warm you up. Check out these books if you have a sweet tooth.


LITTLE ONES CAN CRAFT TOO!

Have little ones at home who love crafting and creating? Sit down together and read these picture books featuring crafty kids. Kids need to be flexible thinkers for lifelong success; learn more about school readiness and put on your silly hats for this improv game that inspires flexible and creative thinking. Check out Creativity Catapult for more games and crafts. Get outside, collect some bits of nature and see what you can paint with your new "paintbrushes." Learn how to craft your own superhero (no sewing involved!).


Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. - Albert Einstein


What hobbies do you love? Tell us in the comments! 

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