Friday Reads: National Hobby Month

January is National Hobby Month, something that coincides nicely with New Year’s resolutions. Time to celebrate all your hobbies, old and new. Maybe you binge-watch shows on Netflix, collect stamps, or practice yoga. Maybe you’re looking to try something new. This selection of books might just help you find a new hobby, and all of them are available at Danville Public Library.

51-aqjZn2BGL._SX361_BO1204203200_Cheese It! Start Making Cheese at Home Today by Cole Dawson

“Cheese It! Start Making Cheese at Home Today is part of a Hobby Farm Home series–all-you-need-to-know guides on the most popular hobbyfarming products currently made in the home. Cheese It! details how-to information for making cheese from natural products at home, including unripened cheese, stretched curds, semi-hard cheese, washed rinds, blue cheese, and much more. Popular recipes include mozzarella, brie, cottage cheese, Roquefort, and gouda–just to name a few. A guide full of illustrations, photography, and detailed descriptions, this is the perfect book for the novice cheese maker. This series will appeal to both the hobbyfarming family and the thousands of urban dwellers longing for a piece of country living”– Provided by publisher.

51CPs2Bde7lL._SX258_BO1204203200_The Complete Photo Guide to Needlework by Linda Wyszynski

“This book is a comprehensive how-to book about all of the most popular hand needle arts: embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, crewel, silk ribbon embroidery, and bead embroidery. For each type of needlework, there is an overview of the tools and materials used and complete instructions with photos and diagrams for all the stitches and techniques used for the craft. The organization provides easy access to information with step-by-step directions and 600 full-color photos for clear understanding. Easy projects allow the reader to try the techniques in each section. Galleries of needlework by various artists offer the reader examples and inspiration to pursue the hobby for themselves”– Provided by publisher.

61ZKFNYvHCL._SX260_How to Build Your Own Greenhouse: Designs and Plans to Meet Your Growing Needs by Roger Marshall

“For avid gardeners, the biggest downside of the hobby is the limited growing season in much of the country. Gardening during the winter is often reduced to tending houseplants and browsing seed catalogs for next summer’s tomato choices. Master gardener and builder Roger Marshall…presents his case for home greenhouses with a thorough examination of everything the potential builder needs to know. Marshall’s coverage of the subject begins with a careful consideration of the various purposes served by greenhouses. Will the structure be used as a damp, warm hothouse for rare orchids? A tropical paradise for banana and citrus trees? A friendlier environment in which to get a jump on a summer vegetable garden is the goal for many gardeners, while an inviting setting for a year-round hot tub surrounded by lush greenery has an undeniable appeal. Whatever its eventual use will be, Marshall helps the reader examine every option and make an informed choice”–Publisher description.

9781588167934_p0_v1_s550x406Man Crafts: Leather Tooling, Fly Tying, Ax Whittling, And Other Cool Things To Do by Hearst Books

As its servicemen returned home at the end of World War II, the U.S. Army turned to Popular Mechanics to help them find new and lucrative occupations. A series of ten pamphlets was created, teaching skills that were “fun to do and profitable too.” Reprinted here for the first time in a single volume, and featuring all of the original artwork, these mini instructional courses will entertain men of all ages, even if their workbench is really the living room coffee table! From leather crafts and bookbinding to block printing and cartooning, there’s a hobby to be found here for anyone. More ambitious readers may consider learning coping saw techniques, or even axe crafts, which entail making rustic furniture and fixtures using a single hatchet.–From publisher description.

818RSxFr9uLThe Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide by Allan Bedford

What exactly is a slope? What’s the difference between a tile and a plate? Why is it bad to simply stack bricks in columns to make a wall? The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide is here to answer your questions. Focusing on building actual models with real bricks, The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide comes with complete instructions to build several cool models but also encourages you to use your imagination to create your own fantastic creations.



Note: All book covers are from Google Images and all book descriptions are from the SHARE Catalog.

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