Finding Your Hobby at the Library
Libraries are becoming the ideal place for hobbyists and those in search of new hobbies. With all the tools and resources available for people to discover something new as well as meet up with others who share the same interests. Your library is a place for everyone no matter how young or old they are. Heading to your local public library for your interests is a great way to pass the time doing your favorite activities while in a relaxing and fun environment. Libraries are a great place to find new hobbies.
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There are books and materials on almost any topic you can think of and if it isn’t available at your specific library location, librarians and library staff can easily obtain it for you. This makes the library perfect for those who know exactly what they are passionate about and looking for or those who are ready to try exploring something new. The staff at libraries aren’t just there to help pull books, they can connect people to others in the community who share similar interests. Libraries are usually very well connected with what goes on in their communities and have relationships with all types of organizations and groups. This gives seasoned hobbyists or curious explorers a chance to meet others who are just as passionate about a topic.
The Abilene Public Library in Texas for example, has a Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center. This online resource is used to help people find information on different hobbies, crafts, and recreational activities. This database can be accessed at any time and from all devices. The only requirement that is needed is a library card! There are a variety of topics that the database covers such as soap making, caving, or bird watching. It is organized so that patrons can find instructions for the hobbies as well as other ideas and suggestions relating to it. Patrons are encouraged to print off these resources to save for future reference or email them to their personal emails so they can pull it up wherever they go. There are over 1,500 books and magazines that touch on different topics as well as over 700 videos that can be accessed. This gives the community plenty of ways to explore.
Gathering Spaces for Interests
Libraries also provide great spaces for those with similar interests to meet, discuss, or participate in their shared hobbies together. Meeting rooms are just one option that hobbyists can use. These can usually be reserved ahead of time and used on a regular basis for meetings or activities. This means members of the community can expect to have consistent get-togethers for their hobbies and a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly event to look forward to.
In addition, libraries are also excellent at creating programming for the community. They find ways to touch on almost any topic, even the most obscure ones and invite in experts who are able to lead classes or host activities. It is easy to find your local library’s calendar on their website and look at all of the fun events that are planned. This gives people with certain hobbies a chance to experience it with others like them in the area. It is also a great opportunity for someone who is new to learning something a chance to dive in deeper with others who are in the same boat as well as those who are more knowledgeable and can share their experiences.
In Seattle, a local librarian has been especially innovative with events to attract hobby and craft enthusiasts. One idea in particular included a terrarium-making workshop where they invited a local DJ to create a calm, crafting atmosphere and supplied glasses and plants to those who attended. In New York City, librarians have planned activities for crochet groups, calligraphy enthusiasts, and many other crafters. This allowed local artists to have a space where they could be creative. There is also a featured program just for the elderly called “Creative Aging”. This program covers a range of classes like oil painting and writing and showcases all of the participants’ works at the end of the workshops.
Discovering and Fueling Interests
Libraries are an incredible resource and space for everyone in the community. There are more than books that are available. They create the perfect environment for people to learn about their passions while also developing new ones. It all comes bundled together with supplies, interesting people, and fun activities. Those who are looking for their next interest, wanting to revive an old interest, or continuing to innovate in their current interest can find all of their needs met at the library.