New Year, New Hobbies

It's officially January, which means many of us are thinking about the resolutions we'd like to try during the new year. Unfortunately, new year's resolutions often trend toward the pessimistic or self-critical, such as focusing on changing perceived flaws in our appearances. Instead of dwelling in a negative headspace, try resolving to use this year to pursue fun and fulfilling new hobbies that will bring a little brightness to your day.

Get Crafty

From sewing to woodworking to needle felting, craft projects are a great way to get creative. You could pick up a long-abandoned project or try something totally new. The sky's the limit when it comes to crafting. Take a look at these books for new DIY ideas, and make sure to check out the KCLS events calendar to find all sorts of fun how-to classes.

Sweet & Simple Needle Felted Animals


Tiny Whittling

Learn to Cook

Now, obviously humans need to eat to live, but cooking and baking aren't just a matter of ensuring our survival. Experimenting with a new pasta sauce or whipping up a delectable cake can be a wonderful way to spend a day. These introductory cookbooks can get you started on the path to becoming a true gourmet.

How to Cook Everything

Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook

The Cook's Illustrated Baking Book

Read More

Reading is one of the best hobbies there is, and KCLS makes it easy to indulge in this wonderful pastime. Take a look at KCLS' booklists to find great suggestions for your next read. You can also use BookMatch to request a personalized reading list, curated especially for you by expert library staff. Want some inspiration for pursuing new reading goals? Give the 10 to Try reading challenge a shot!

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