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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Meet your new hobby this January at SML!

Meet your new hobby at the library!

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.

Upcoming Knitting, Crocheting and Quilting Programs

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.

  • Wednesday, January 2 at 10 a.m.Beginning Crochet, North Shreveport Branch, 4844 North Market Street
  • Friday, January 4 at 10 a.m. Sewing & Quilting Class, North Caddo Branch, 615 North Pine Street, Vivian (Classes will be held each Friday in January.)
  • Wednesday, January 9 at 10:30 a.m.Crochet Academy: Beginner, Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop (Registration required. Call 318-687-6824.)
  • Thursday, January 10 at 10:30 a.m.Knitting & Crochet Club, Hamilton/South Caddo Branch
  • Thursday, January 24 at 10:30 a.m.Crochet Academy: Special Stitches, Hamilton/South Caddo Branch (Registration required. Call 318-687-6824.)
  • Thursday, January 24 at 1 p.m.Learn to Crochet, Gilliam Branch, 12797 Main Street, Gilliam (Registration required. Call 318-296-4227.)
  • Wednesday, January 30 at 4:30 p.m.Quilting 101, Mooretown Branch, 4360 Hollywood Avenue
  • Thursday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m.Twisted Stitchers, Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive

Upcoming Genealogy Programs

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.

  • Saturday, January 5 at 2 p.m. Genealogy Tour
  • Wednesday, January 9 at 1 p.m.Beginner’s Genealogy Class
  • Friday, January 18 at 3 p.m.Genealogy Class: Find a Grave
  • Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m.Ancestry Academy: Needles and Threads – African American Families, Part 1

Upcoming Art Programs

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.

  • Saturday, January 5 at 3 p.m.Painting with a Snack!, Broadmoor Branch
  • Thursday, January 10 at 1 p.m. Let’s Letter, Gilliam Branch
  • Saturday, January 12 at noon SML Paint Studio, Hamilton/South Caddo Branch (Registration required. Call 318-687-6824.)
  • Friday, January 18 at 9:30 a.m.Meet Your New Hobby: Scrapbooking, Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road
  • Tuesday, January 22 – Friday, January 25 at 4 p.m. (Daily)Learn Your New Hobby: Canva Academy, Mooretown Branch
  • Monday, January 28 at 1 p.m. Get Crafty: Using Oil Pastels, Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch, 8303 Line Avenue (Registration required. Call 318-868-3890.)

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.

Upcoming Book Club Meetings

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.

  • Tuesday, January 8 at 6 p.m. & Wednesday, January 9 at 10 a.m.Fiction Book Club, Broadmoor Branch. January selection – The Fish That Ate the Whale by Richard Cohen.
  • Monday, January 14 at 5:30 p.m.Red River Readers Book Club, Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch. January selection – Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.
  • Tuesday, January 15 at 6 p.m. & Wednesday, January 16 at 10 a.m.Grounds for Murder Book Club, Broadmoor Branch. January selection – The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware.
  • Wednesday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m.Around the World Book Club, Hamilton/South Caddo Branch. January selection – I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.
  • Saturday, January 26 at 3:30 p.m.Sistah Circle Book Club, Mooretown Branch. January selection – Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Tuesday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m.LGBT+ Book Club, Broadmoor Branch. January selection – The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater.

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.

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