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Pick Up a New Hobby at the Library

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. For my regular readers you may have noticed my column was missing last week as I took some vacation time. Just before that week I had the pleasure of listening to State Historian Bill O’Neal as he talked about his new book about Van Alstyne. If you missed getting your autographed copy of the book that day do not worry; he left us a few copies so just come by the library to buy yours.

Thanks to all of you who supported our Teen Council annual bake sale. Judy Kimzey and the teens had their ovens working hard to get those pies and cakes ready. Now they are focusing on their parade float. The Chamber of Commerce has announced the theme for the parade, which will be on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m., is Christmas Movies. Our float will be from the movie Rise of the Guardians (Dreamworks Animation, copyright 2012, rated PG). You can borrow the movie from our collection so you will recognize all the characters as you watch the parade.

Children’s hours will continue this month through Dec. 18. Tuesdays we invite elementary-age children to join us at 4 p.m. for reading and crafting. Preschoolers join us for singing, stories, and a craft at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.

You could win the beautiful quilt you see in the photo accompanying this article. The Friends of the Library will select the winning raffle ticket Saturday at their monthly breakfast at the Community Center. You can stop by the library any day this week to buy a ticket, or buy one during the breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee for only $4 and know you are supporting your local library.

That beautiful quilt got me to thinking about things to do while staying inside during dark nights and cold days. In addition to the obvious, read a good book, there are a host of hobbies you could learn by checking out a book from our library. Try one of these.

— Classic Country Quilts: step-by-step directions for 25 all-time favorites by Jane Townswick

— The Complete book of crochet stitch designs by Linda Schapper

— Knit socks!: 15 cool patterns for toasty feet by Betsy McCarthy

— One zentangle a day: a 6-week course in creative drawing for relaxation, inspiration, and fun by Rebecca Krahula

— The art of painting: a step-by-step instruction…by Walter Brooks

— Alternacrafts: 20+ hi-style, lo-budget projects to make by Jessica Vitkus

— Better Homes and Gardens: Christmas trims kids can make

— The art of drawing – a Grumbacher Library book

— Digital family album basics: tools for creating digital memories by Janine Warner

— 101 Best family card games by Alfred Sheinwold

You can also take a look at our database Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. Go to our web site,, and click on TexShare databases under research links. Enter username RMN1381 and password TX75495. Among the topics in Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center is collecting, indoor recreation, kids’ crafts, model building, and fabric art.

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