We're celebrating National Hobby Month this January at our libraries by offering many free programs for you to discover your new hobby. Join us as we introduce you to hobbies such as knitting and crochet, genealogy and family research, art, and more. Those who enjoy reading as a hobby can join one of our book clubs. As always, all of our programs are free and open to the public.
Instruction in knitting, crochet, quilting and other yarn craft activities will be offered at multiple branches throughout January. Attendees will learn basic techniques as well as special stitches. No prior experience is required to attend programs, and attendees are encouraged to bring projects they are currently working on to class. Space may be limited. Those interested are encouraged to contact the branches for further details.
Those interested in learning about genealogy and beginning family research projects are encouraged to visit the Genealogy Department, located in the Broadmoor Branch. The Genealogy Department will host several classes and workshops to help familiarize those interested with the resources and services available through the library. Space may be limited. Please contact the Genealogy Department at 318-869-0120 for more information and to register.
Hobbyists looking for a more creative flair may find their niche in art classes and programs offered at the library. In January, we will offer programs and instruction in painting, using oil pastels, scrapbooking, letter writing, and digital design. Supplies are provided for these classes, and registration may be required.
Teens are also invited to channel their inner artist at the SML Art Club for teens. The SML Art Club will meet on Tuesday, January 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch and on Wednesday, January 16 at 4 p.m. at the Means Branch, located at 7016 E. Magnolia Lane in Ida. This month, the club will be painting a work of art inspired by the artist, Claude Monet (1840 – 1926). Students will learn about the late Impressionist artist and paint their own version of his famous work, Water Lilies. Registration is not required to attend.
Reading can also be considered a hobby, and we have many opportunities for book lovers to share their interest with others. Upcoming book club meetings are scheduled as listed below.
Additional National Hobby Month programs such as Chess Club, held Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Main Branch located at 424 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport, and the Toastmasters Public Speaking Class, held at the Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., are also available. Those who are unsure of which hobby they are most interested in can visit the Hosston Branch, 15478 US Hwy 71 in Hosston, on Wednesday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, 2105 Hollywood Avenue, on Tuesday, January 22 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for special hobby share programs.