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 programsopens a new window and DIY and Maker Workshopsopens a new window. Browse hoopla's streaming videos on a variety of hobbiesopens a new window from photography to gaming. Curious what library staff does when not reading? Check out crafty staff picksopens a new window.


Register for an upcoming programopens a new window in the Castlewood Makerspaceopens a new window or request an appointmentopens a new window to learn about the Makerspace. Want to become a cosplayer? We can help with this creative cosplay listopens a new window 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 projectsopens a new window. If you liked detailed projects, try your hand at beaded crochet and embroideryopens a new window. If you're interested in upcycling, check out these upcycle DIY guidesopens a new window.


Visit Lynda.comopens a new window 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 bookopens a new window), recording engineer and many others. Dive into Treehouseopens a new window 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 filmsopens a new window that feature tiny builders, urban homesteading and more, and get inspired from their successes (and failures).


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


Did you know Araphoe Libraries has an online database about DIY repair and maintenance for vehiclesopens a new window? We do!


Of course we consider books a hobby! Need recommendations? Fill out the Need Suggestion formopens a new window, browse Staff Picksopens a new window and check out the Books pageopens a new window for all kinds of lists, recommendations and more. Don't forget about graphic novelsopens a new windowbooks clubsopens a new window and eBooks and eAudiobooksopens a new window! And if you have too many books, consider a book swapopens a new window


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


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


Love what Colorado's outdoors has to offeropens a new window? Show those kiddos these great nature picture booksopens a new window. Take the kids outside for a nature walkopens a new window. These survival story readsopens a new window will satisfy the urge for adventure. Set a goal to visit a National Parkopens a new window. Want to stay close to home? Check out the Exploration Passopens a new window for free passes to museums around the Metro Denver area, or put yourself on hold for a Colorado State Parks passopens a new window


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


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


Have little ones at home who love crafting and creating? Sit down together and read these picture books featuring crafty kidsopens a new window. Kids need to be flexible thinkers for lifelong success; learn more about school readinessopens a new window and put on your silly hats for this improv gameopens a new window that inspires flexible and creative thinking. Check out Creativity Catapultopens a new window for more games and crafts. Get outside, collect some bits of natureopens a new window and see what you can paint with your new "paintbrushes." Learn how to craft your own superheroopens a new window (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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