Hobbies Start Here

The Springfield–Greene County library system offers loads of programs every month that can spark a passion for a new hobby. In January alone, we found classes ranging from cooking to glass etching and more.

Are you looking for a new hobby? The Springfield–Greene County Libraries offer free adult classes and workshops that are open to the public, even if you don’t have a library card. January’s the perfect time to dip your toe in and test the waters of a new hobby: A new year calls for new activities and a little reinvention, right?
Several topics covered in January include genealogy, glass etching, eating healthy, making your own cards and knitting. Read on, to find the hobby for you.

Genealogy
The Ozarks Genealogical Society is sponsoring two workshops this month that can help you dig deeply into your family history. The first workshop (Wednesday, January 11, 9:30 a.m.) focuses on “The Expanded 1940 Census.” The speaker is the library’s own John Rutherford, a local history associate, says Renee Glass with local history and genealogy at the Library Center. The second workshop (Wednesday, January 25, 9:30 a.m.) by the society delves into “Lesser Known Genealogical Websites.” Workshops take place at the Library Center (The Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-882-0714).

Glass Etching
Glass Etching is art made by using an acidic chemical to engrave your own design onto glass, says Katie O’Neal, a reference associate at the Brentwood Branch Library. As part of the class series, Make ’n’ Take, this class teaches a way to reuse glass you might already have and shows students how to craft it into something new.
The class at on Thursday, January 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants should bring their own glassware. (Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, 417-883-1974)

Healthy Eating
To help out with all of your health-focused New Year’s Resolutions, the library is offering two programs on healthy eating. The programs teach nutrition basics and show participants how to make a sustainably healthy diet.

 “How To…Start Eating Healthy this New Year,” at the Park Central Branch Library on Friday, Jan. 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is about how to start eating healthy with natural, whole foods.

The library website says the program is taught by the Nudie Foodie Grace Rybarczyk, who explains how to change your diet so that you are not constantly fighting the battle of the bulge. (Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, Springfield; call 417-831-1342 to register starting January 3)

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The second program, “Shape Up: Eating Right,” is a class on the basics of nutrition. It takes place Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at the Republic Branch Library (921 N. Lindsey Ave., Republic, 417-732-7284).
Making Your Own Cards

Kelly Goodman made a hobby out of making her own cards for special occasions. At the Strafford Branch Library she shares tips on saving money by recycling supplies to make cards. “She works with a lot of recycled stuff such as trinkets or charms,” says Kim Tasset, a library assistant at the Strafford Library. “It resolves the high costs of cards, and it helps give the cards a more personal touch.”

All supplies are provided, and the class takes place Thursday, January 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Strafford Branch Library, 101 S. State Highway 125, Strafford; call 417-736-9233 to register starting January 3)

Knitting Circle
The Knitting Circle takes place at the Strafford Branch Library on Saturday, January 28 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and everyone is welcome . “People of all skill levels from beginners to experienced knitters are welcome,” Tasset says. “Knitters can come and share about their latest projects.”

The group isn’t just for knitting fans, either. Tasset says some people who show up for the knitting circle crochet, too. Attendees need to bring their own supplies.

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