Did you now January is Hobby month? We have resources for you to learn a new hobby, revisit an old hobby, or even perfect your current hobby!
Try one of our Launchpads for adults! Launchpads are preloaded with content so they don’t need a Wi-Fi connection, and feature a variety of brain games for adults.
Or try one of our databases!
The ultimate crafting resource, Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.
Learn a new skill by signing up for a free six-week course led by real instructors through Gale Courses. You can try your hand at creative writing, digital photography, or maybe even an introductory guitar course.
Hoopla has a selection of “Great Courses” that cover a range of topics such as learning to play chess or the basics of photography. Visit Hoopla to view their Great Courses selection or their Hobby Month Collection.
Toronto Star Historical Newspapers
New to our collection is the Toronto Star Historical Newspapers! The database provides access to full page reproductions of the Toronto Star newspaper from 1894 – 2019, and it includes articles, photographs, advertisements, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries, and more.
Not looking to learn a hobby at the moment? Why not read a fiction title with a hobby-themed mystery!
Button Holed by Kylie Logan
Working out of her button shop in a Chicago brownstone, Josie Giancola has quietly become one of the country’s leading experts on buttons—antique buttons, jeweled buttons, artistic buttons. Her reputation draws a Hollywood starlet to the Button Box to shop for one-of-a-kind buttons for her made-to-order wedding gown. But after the Button Box is ransacked and the actress is murdered, Josie’s cozy world is thrown into chaos. Homicide detective Nevin Riley is looking to her for clues, starting with the murder weapon—an antique button hook. But a killer has other ideas, like keeping Josie’s lips buttoned up…permanently. Includes tips on antique button collecting!
Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait
In the coastal town of Haven Harbor, blood runs thicker than water—and just as freely . . .
Antique dealer Sarah Byrne has never unspooled the truth about her past to anyone—not even friend and fellow Mainely Needlepointer Angie Curtis. But the enigmatic Aussie finally has the one thing she’s searched for all her life—family. And now she and long-lost half-brother, Ted Lawrence, a wealthy old artist and gallery owner in town, are ready to reveal their secret connection . . .
Ted’s adult children are suspicious of their newfound aunt Sarah—especially after Ted, in declining health, announces plans to leave her his museum-worthy heirloom paintings. So when Ted is poisoned to death during a lobster bake, everyone assumes she’s guilty. If Sarah and Angie can’t track down the real murderer in time, Sarah’s bound to learn how delicate—and deadly—family dynamics can truly be . . .
Happy Hobby Month!