A hobby, according to my Webster’s New World Dictionary, is something that one likes to do or study in one’s spare time. January is National Hobby Month, a great time to become involved in a new pastime. Why? Being involved in a hobby is a great stress reliever because you focus on the hobby rather than your problems. A hobby challenges your brain and, according to some research reports, reduces the risk of dementia. Some hobbies include becoming involved with groups who share the interest, thus broadening your circle of acquaintances.
You may choose from a huge number of hobbies—some have been around for hundreds of years, others are new on the scene. Possible hobbies include: working puzzles (Sudoku, crosswords, and word searches); hiking; quilting, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching; gardening (with the extra benefit of fresh vegetables); learning a new language (YOUR Rowan County Public Library provides Mango Languages, a free language-learning online resource); playing chess or checkers (Chess Club meetings are held at the Library; you may check out game pieces and use the game tables at the Library, too.); researching your family history (Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest software are provided by YOUR Rowan County Public Library.); and, of course, reading (A great way to begin is to participate in the 2018 RCPL Reading Challenge!). Volunteering is a fantastic hobby. Both you and those you help benefit from your involvement. Consider helping at the soup kitchen or the animal shelter; joining STAR; participating in a Habitat for Humanity build; or becoming a Friend and working in the Friends of the Library Bookstore—the list of organizations that need volunteers is a long one.
So, what would be a good hobby for you? There is actually a tool available online that is “designed to match your personality with a list of hobbies.” Seriously, just search for Hobsessment. Of course, reading about hobbies is a great way to learn more about them. The books listed, and many more, are available at the Library:
AMERICAN FOLK ART by William C. Ketchum, Jr. (745 KETC)
ANIMATED ANIMAL TOYS IN WOOD: 20 PROJECTS THAT WALK, WOBBLE & ROLL by David Wakefield (745.592 WAKE)
THE BUSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY by Lorna Yabsley (770 YABS)
CLOCK REPAIRING AS A HOBBY: AN ILLUSTRATED HOW TO GUIDE FOR THE BESGINNER by Harold Caleb Kelly (681.113 KELL)
THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO CAKE DECORATING by Autumn Carpenter (641.8653 CARP)
EXTREME ORIGAMI by Kunihiko Kasahara (736.982 KASA)
HOBBY FARMS (Magazine, P HOBB)
KENTUCKY BIRD WATCHING: A YEAR-ROUND GUIDE by Bill Thompson (598.072 THOM)
THE ORGANIC ARTIST: MAKE YOUR OWN PAINT, PAPER, PENS, PIGMENTS, PRINTS, AND MORE FROM NATURE by Nick Neddo (702.84 NEDD)
ORGANIC HOBBY FARMING: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EARTH-FRIENDLY FARMING IN ANY SPACE by Andy Tomolonis (631.584 TOMO)
ROCKIN’ CRAFTS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BECOME A ROCK-PAINTING CRAFT STAR! by Diana Fisher (J 751.4 FISH)
STRAY SOCK SEWING: MAKING UNIQUE, IMAGINATIVE SOCK DOLLS STEP-BY-STEP by Dan Ta (YA 745.5924 TA)