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Discover a new hobby this January at SML

Meet Your New Hobby at SML

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!

Check out the list of programs below.

Special Hobby Month Programs

  • Atkins Branch: Hobby Hunting on Thursday, January 2 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adults will be introduced to different hobbies and have a chance to take a hobby quiz to find out which hobby best suits their personality.
  • Atkins Branch: Hobby Share – Share Your Hobby with Us on Wednesday, January 22 from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. January is National Hobby Month. You are invited to share your hobby with us. We would love to hear about your hobby. If you like poetry or singing we would love to hear it. If you like drawing, painting, knitting, sewing, we would love to see your work. All hobbies are unique so please share your hobby with us. Age 11 – 17.
  • Broadmoor Branch: Homemade Winemaking on Wednesday, January 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Have you ever wondered how wine is made? Do you want to know? This is a how to class on making wine at home. In this short class, we will go over a simple blackberry wine recipe, and the supplies needed. This intro to wine making will aid you in making your own homemade wine. This program is for age 21+. (Facebook Event)
  • Cedar Grove/Line Ave. Branch: Teen Tuesdays – Origami Creations on Tuesday, January 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Are you interested in learning more about origami? Did you love reading Origami Yoda? Teens & tweens are invited to join us at Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch to celebrate National Hobby Month and learn more about this ancient art. Origami creators of all skill levels are welcome. (Facebook Event)
  • Cedar Grove/Line Ave. Branch: Grove Gourmet Recipe Swap on Monday, January 13 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Are you looking for new recipes? If so, join as we swap casserole recipes during National Hobby Month. For more information, call 868-3890.
  • Gilliam Branch: Coding with Cubetto on Monday, January 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is learn a new hobby month! Children and teens can join us for a coding for beginners program with the fun Cubetto robot system.
  • Higginbotham-Bryson Branch: Teen Hobby Day on Tuesday, January 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hollywood/Union Ave. Branch: Celebrating National Hobby Month on Wednesday, January 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Teens and adults will have the opportunity to participate in our National Hobby Month by joining in on our demonstrations of various hobbies such as gardening and photography.
  • Main Branch: Swamp Sisters and Backwoods Tramps: Collecting 1950s Vintage Paperbacks on Saturday, January 25 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.:  Lecture to be presented by Randall Ross, seller rare and out-of-print design books. Mr. Ross will lecture on collecting 1950’s vintage paperbacks, especially the Southern Gothic. (Facebook Event)
  • Mooretown Branch: Meet Your New Hobby! Ages 11 & Up on Saturday, January 25 from noon to 2 p.m. Patrons ages 11 & up will be using an empowering approach to creative design. The challenge: Meet Your New Hobby! We will have stations for tweens, teens, and adults to explore and do creative crafts to introduce them to a new hobby.
  • North Caddo Branch: Find a New Hobby Using the Cricut Machine on Friday, January 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to design and create personalized t-shirts, cups, and cards for any occasion using Cricut Design Space. (Facebook Event)
  • Rodessa Branch: Basic Photography with Brittany (4 & 7 Photography) on Thursday, January 9 from noon to 2 p.m. Brittany will offer information on photography as a hobby and offer tips on how to take better photos and share them. (Facebook Event)
  • Wallette Branch: National Puzzle Day on Wednesday, January 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find a new hobby and celebrate National Puzzle Day at Wallette!
  • West Shreveport Branch: New Year, New You – Find a Hobby for National Hobby Month on Tuesday, January 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Teens will celebrate National Hobby Month by trying out different hobbies including puzzles, drawing, reading, and more!
  • West Shreveport Branch: Create Your Own Bird Feeder on Tuesday, January 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Teens will create a bird feeder at West Shreve and learn about the importance of birds in the environment. We will discuss bird watching, conservation efforts, and birds that are indigenous to Shreveport. (Facebook Event)

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.

  • David Raines Branch: Crochet Academy for Beginners on Thursday, January 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ever wanted to learn how to create fun and unique crochet items? Join us at the David Raines Branch to learn the basics of crochet! We will go over beginner skills and how to single crochet. Any patron over the age of 18 is welcome, and all supplies will be provided. Space is limited, so please give us a call at 318-222-0824 or stop by the branch to sign up. (Facebook Event)
  • David Raines Branch: Crochet Academy – Current Project Showcase on Thursday, January 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us as we come together to share our current crochet projects. We can also share new techniques and stitches learned while making these projects.
  • North Shreveport Branch: Adventures in Crochet on Wednesdays in January from 10 a.m. to noon. Join us in celebrating National Hobby Month with  Adventures in Crochet! Join us for crochet and conversation. Bring your own project or start one here. Basic supplies provided.

Arts & Crafts Programs

Hobbyists looking for a more creative flair may find their niche in art classes and programs offered at the library. Supplies are provided for these classes, and registration may be required.

  • David Raines Branch: Teen Hobby Hub on Friday, January 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Teens are invited to paint with watercolors and take home their creations.
  • David Raines Branch: National Hobby Month – Journaling to a New You on Tuesday, January 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us to learn about different types of journals and how to keep with it! Please bring a journal and your favorite pen(s), marker(s), etc. We will have some writing supplies available as well. This program is geared towards adults.
  • Gilliam Branch: Meet Your New Hobby – Decoupage Rock Art on Thursday, January 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. January is National Hobby Month. Come join us while we create beautiful decoupage rock art pieces. All materials are provided.
  • Hamilton/South Caddo Branch: Paint a Mardi Gras Mask on Thursday, January 16 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Looking for a new hobby? Try painting! Participants will paint a fun and easy Mardi Gras Mask on canvas. (Facebook Event)
  • Hosston Branch: National Hobby Month Painting Party on Friday, January 10 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Everyone and anyone is welcome to our painting party for beginners. This program is for adults.
  • Mooringsport Branch: Teen Café – Button Art on Friday, January 10 at 4 p.m. For National Hobby Month, we are going to be making button art during our Teen Café.
  • Mooringsport Branch: Pinterest Party – Button Art on Friday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. For National Hobby Month, adults can make button art during our monthly Pinterest Party!
  • North Caddo Branch: Teens in 3D: Hobby Month/Alternate Painting Mediums on Monday, January 27 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The teens can participate in an art project using an uncommon painting medium.
  • Wallette Branch: National Hobby Month Painting on Canvas on Wednesday, January 22 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Teens will be able to express themselves on canvas.

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.

  • Genealogy Class: Ancestry Library Edition on Tuesday, January 7 from 11 a.m. to noon at Broadmoor Tech Center. This class will teach you how to access the Ancestry Library Edition database, how to perform searches for your ancestors, and how to access, print and/or save the records you've found.
  • Genealogy Class: Find a Grave on Thursday, January 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Broadmoor Tech Center. Learn how to effectively use Find a Grave to discover your Family History. Please contact the Genealogy department for more information and to register.
  • Beginners' Genealogy Class on Monday, January 13 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Broadmoor Study Room A. Learn how to begin your family history research. This class will introduce you to the basics of Genealogy. A department tour will also be provided. Please call the Genealogy Department at (318) 869-0120 for more information or to sign up for this class.
  • Genealogy Class: Famous Last Words on Wednesday, January 15 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Broadmoor Study Room A. In this program, we will discuss alleged last words of some famous people. This class is free and open to the public. Please join us for this lively discussion!
  • Genealogy Class: Fold3 on Wednesday, January 29 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Broadmoor Tech Center. Learn how to effectively navigate Fold, a vital genealogy resource for military records, and discover your Family History. Please contact the Genealogy department for more information and to register for this class.

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.

  • Atkins Branch: Women in P.O.W.E.R Book Discussion Group on Tuesday, January 28 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This program is developed to enrich the lives of women through literature and discussion. Professional women from different backgrounds gather to discuss issues in society through commentary read in the book of choice. Join this group today to invoke your own P.O.W.E.R.
  • Broadmoor Branch: Fiction Book Club on Tuesday, January 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, January 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join us monthly for the Fiction Book Club, facilitated by Laura Flett. This month's selection is The Last of the Southern Girls by Willie Morris.
  • Broadmoor Branch: Grounds for Murder Book Club on Tuesday, January 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Join us monthly for the Grounds for Murder Book Club. Each month we will select a murder/mystery themed book and enjoy a variety of coffees. This month's selection will be decided at the December meeting and will update the post with the chosen title. Join us for coffee. Stay for the murder.
  • Hamilton/South Caddo Branch: Around the World Book Club on Wednesday, January 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join a community of readers. This book club travels the globe through books. Each book is set in a different country. This month's title is "Less" by Andrew Sean Greer.
  • Main Branch: Books & Brats Book Club at The Missing Link on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Join us to discuss classic novel Dawn by Octavia E. Butler. (Facebook Event)
  • West Shreveport Branch: Not Your Mother’s Book Club on Wednesday, January 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is a self-help and inspirational book club. The purpose is to uplift the reader in order for them to pay that encouragement forward to others. For the month of January we are discussing Educated by Tara Westover.




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