Start a new hobby this winter - with the library!

by Bond

In Iowa, winters can be long and dark. Figuring out how to stay busy with inside activities (other than reading, of course!) can mean picking up a new hobby or craft. The library can be a great first stop when testing out new ways of making, doing, and creating. Check out our nonfiction area on the second floor for lots of great ideas!

Woodworking : traditional craft for modern living

Brugi, Andrea, author.

684.08 /Brugi

"Rustic Italian style meets Scandinavian design in this stunning collection of simple woodworking projects. Modern design meets rustic warmth through simple woodworking projects. Woodworking duo, husband and wife, Andrea Brugi and Samina Langholz, invite you into their magical world, where their Scandinavian sensibility for clean design is balanced with the organic and aged imperfection inspired by their Tuscany-based home. Discover some of their key woodworking techniques through 15 simple projects for useful and decorative objects for the home. From spice spoons and simple stools to and work benches and dining tables, the wood projects are well-suited to beginner and intermediate woodworkers"--

Yoke : my yoga of self-acceptance

Stanley, Jessamyn, author.

613.7046 /Stanley

"Remember Jessamyn Stanley? How could you not? She's the proudly fat, Black, queer yoga teacher and charismatic author of Every Body Yoga, who drops a lot more f-bombs than namastes and refuses to pray at the church of Lululemon. Now she's back, here to take us even further on a personal and provocative journey into what it means to "practice yoga." Where Every Body Yoga, with 59,000 copies in print, taught us how to do yoga, Yoke tells us why. In Yoke, which draws its name from a literal translation of the Sanskrit root "yuj," from which the word "yoga" derives, Jessamyn writes about what she calls the yoga of the everyday--a yoga that is not just about poses but about applying the hard lessons we learn on the mat to the even harder daily project of living. This yoga of the everyday is about finding within life's toughest moments the same flexibility, strength, grounding energy, and core awareness found in a headstand or Tadasana or cobra pose. In a series of deeply honest, funny, gritty, thoughtful, and largely autobiographical essays, Yoke explores issues of self-love, body-positivity, race, sex and sexuality, cannabis, and more, all through the lens of an authentic yoga practice. Every reader is invited to find this authentic spirit of yoga in their own lives and practice. To yoke"--

The Penguin book of card games

Parlett, David, 1939-

795.4 /Parlett

Provides rules and instructions for over 250 card games, including bridge, whist, piquet, cribbage, rummy, and others.

Milk Street : the new rules : recipes that will change the way you cook

Kimball, Christopher, author.

641.5 /Kimball

In Milk Street: The New Rules, the author and his team of cooks and editors deliver a book full of game-changing recipes powered by a simple technique, tip, or trick that will transform readers' cooking.

Get messy art : the no-rules, no-judgment, no-pressure approach to making art

Grey, Caylee, author.

745.5 /Grey

"Forget perfection-grab your supplies and get messy with the easy techniques and projects for creating with watercolor, acrylic, markers, inks, and more in Get Messy Art. Play, experiment, and explore with zero judgment, zero pressure, and all the fun"--

The bullet journal method : track the past, order the present, design the future

Carroll, Ryder, author.

640.43 /Carroll

For years Carroll tried countless organizing systems, online and off, but none of them fit the way his mind worked. He developed the Bullet Journal, and it helped him become consistently focused and effective. Now he shows readers how the Bullet Journal method can help you weed out distractions and focus your time and energy in pursuit of what's truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. -- adapted from back cover

Beginner's guide to DIY & home repair : essential DIY techniques for the first timer

Behari, Jo, author.

643.7 /Behari

If you are frustrated by your own inability to handle a repair, or resentful of having to pay someone to take care of simple home maintenance, you've come to the right place! Owning a home can be expensive. Throw maintenance costs into the mix and it's enough to feel buried by cost after cost. Data from Buildfax states that home repairs have increased by thirty percent in just five years! Most Americans are not prepared for or expecting these types of additional costs. Being prepared can help homeowners save money and ease your financial burdens. This practical handbook was created to solve this very dilemma. Full of expert advice, Beginner's Guide to DIY & Home Repair provides first-time homeowners and renters with the basic skills and guidance you need to get the job done. It features easy instructions for all the home DIY basics, from painting and wallpapering to simple plumbing, changing a lock, using power tools, fixing a squeaky board, and much more. "Houses can be a daunting issue to the uninitiated and when undertaking repairs, you need to be confident of your decisions," says Behari. "In this book, Alison and I will act as your DIY and home repair whisperers. You'll feel empowered to take on your next home project!" This ultimate reference guide for the DIY novice offers help for anyone who has a busy working life but still wants to make their home look good--without spending a fortune!

Research like a pro with DNA : a genealogist's guide to finding and confirming ancestors with DNA evidence

Elder, Diana, author.


Do you plan to use DNA evidence in your genealogy research? The authors provide a step-by-step method to organize and use your DNA test results to find and confirm ancestors in your family tree. Studying the methodology in each chapter will help you group and evaluate your matches, diagram descent from common ancestors, and plan your next research steps. Work samples and templates are included. --

1001 movies you must see before you die

791.438 /One

"This brand-new edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of movie history. Every film profile is packed with details including the director and cast, a plot summary and production notes, and little-known facts relating to the film's history,"

Organizing for the rest of us : 100 realistic strategies to keep any house under control

White, Dana (Dana K.), author.

648.5 /White

"So you want to keep your kitchen counter clean but you aren't ready to toss the toaster? You want to be able to find your kids' socks but aren't looking to spend your 401(k) on clear bins? You long for a little more peace but minimalism isn't sparking joy? Decluttering expert and self-proclaimed recovering slob Dana K. White offers sustainable ideas to simplify and manage your home in Organizing for the Rest of Us." --

Strength training for beginners : a 12-week program to get lean and healthy at home

Hunt, Kyle (Personal trainer), author.

613.713 /Hunt

"Ready to start making real gains? Filled with novice-friendly advice that covers every aspect of successful workouts, Strength Training for Beginners is the perfect choice for new weight lifters who want to make sure they start their strength training journey in a safe and effective way. Not only will you get detailed--and fully illustrated--breakdowns of every exercise, but you'll also get tips and tricks for making sure your form is on point. Discover handy ways to increase or decrease the difficulty of individual exercises based on your unique needs. You'll even find out how to make sure you're getting the most out of your workout with must-have lifestyle advice. Let's get lifting!" -- Back cover.