New Year, New Hobby

Winter is upon us and sitting indoors every day can take its toll on even the coziest of readers. While most people complain about the weather, I look at it as a chance to channel some free time into learning a new hobby. As always, the best place to start is the Windsor Public Library, as all information and programs are free. It really gives you a good chance to try out or learn more on a hobby before you invest in it to see if it is really the right one for you.

If you’re interested in the latest gadgets, and love to fiddle with new programs and ideas you should consider attending a STEAMy Saturday at the Central Branch between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Using software like Thingiverse you can create or find projects for printing on our 3D printers. The limit is your imagination when it comes to files that can be printed. From Pokemon to My Little Pony and tools to fashion, all you need is an idea and someone is sure to have come up with a design! My personal favorite is the fancy bow tie. For more information, or to request an object for print, please contact Jodie or Sue at 519-255-6770 or at jdoe@windsorpubliclibrary.com and sperry@windsorpubliclibrary.com.

If between your phone and your computer you’ve had enough of technology, then why not consider a more tactile hobby? If you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy reaping the rewards of a new hobby by instantly eating your creations! The WPL has a wide selection of cook books and books on baking that are sure to be a real treat. A personal favorite of mine is “Cooking with Mary Berry” and anything that has to do with the Great British Bake Off.  Be sure to hop on Hoopla to grab some extra inspiring content. There are several great cooking shows and movies offered, all free to download and get you inspired.

If cooking isn’t your thing, the Windsor Public Library has information on any hobby you can think up! If you don’t believe me, just try some of these examples:

Learn to play guitar real quick,
Make some clothing – look quite slick!
Go speak German, French or Pirate,
(Yarr! You’ll never know unless yee tries it!)

Get a camera, take some shots,
Learn to garden out of pots.
Get a dog (watch out for fleas)
Learn to keep a hive of bees!

Read a book on scuba diving
Try out remote control car driving.
Stargaze almost  anywhere,
Float a hot air balloon in air!

Get ready for the next Ren Fest
You could even learn to fence!
Prepare yourself a family tree,
By Ancestry in library.

If a hobby is hard to find after that
Give your local librarian a chat.
Or browse the shelves, you’ll never know
Just where a library trip will go.

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