Finally! Some time to get creative!

OK, so you’re going to be at home a lot in the weeks ahead. Are you wondering what to do with your extra time? Of course, we librarians would immediately advise, “Read a book, read lots of books!” but even we know that reading is not the only pleasant way to pass those extra hours. In fact, if you’re like me, you may suddenly realize this may be the time that you’ll finally have a chance to flex your creative muscles, to express your inner DIYer.

If that’s the case, your first question may be, “Where do I start?” For Hamden Library users, one answer is our newest online service, Creative Bug which offers thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. You’ll need to enter your library card number (No library card? Click here), your name, email address and create a password. Once you’re in you’ll see brief descriptions of several currently highlighted projects, but if you want to get an overview of all that’s available, click on the “CreativeBug.com” link in the middle of the page. This will not only give you access to listings of classes in Art & Design, Sewing, Paper, Holiday & Party, Food & Home, Knitting, Kids, Quilting, Crochet and Jewelry at the beginner through advanced level. You can even search by instructor. Then, once you’ve found a class (or several classes!) you want to try, you can store them in your “My Class” library for easy access each time you visit the site.

I know what you’re saying now. “But what about supplies?!” Despite the limitations we are currently under, there are many easy ways to obtain arts and crafts supplies without leaving your house. Just a few online retailers include Michaels, HobbyLobby, Jerry’s Artarama, Dick Blick, Cheap Joes and, of course, Amazon.

Next time, we’ll explore some other sources for arts and crafts instruction that are available online.