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Ericka Brunson, community librarian

With the New Year brings enthusiasm and opportunity to try something new. Whether you are looking to pick up a new hobby or wanting to learn about a new subject, the Deschutes Public Library has a variety of ways to help support your interests. With a library card, you can access an assortment of DIY & Self-Improvement resources to get you on your way to making 2021 a year of new possibilities!

If you want to learn…

To be more artsy, try Creativebug. From sewing to printmaking and everything in-between, Creativebug offers videos and tutorials to help you connect with your inner-artist. With access to thousands of artist led classes that are designed to be at-your-own-pace, you can craft on your own terms with no pressure and no commitment.

Prefer print? No problem:

Craft Your Own Happy: A Collection of 25 Creative Projects to Craft Your Way to Mindfulness by Becci Mai Ford

Creative Basket Weaving: Step-by-Step Instructing for Gathering and Drying, Braiding, Weaving, and Projects by Sylvie Baegot

A new language, try Mango Languages. Committing to learning a new language can be arduous, but also very rewarding. Mango’s interactive lesson plans and exercises create ways to help employ critical thinking and memory building skills that not only explain the grammatical structure of the language, but also include cultural context to help learners gain a better understanding of the language they are learning.

Not ready to take it online? Get started with one of these instead:

Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook and Dictionary. Or, Let’s Learn Japanese: First Words for Everyone by Aurora Cacciapuoti.

A new skill or trade, try Lynda.com. Lynda is a one-stop-site for diving into learning a new subject. With video courses taught by recognized experts in their field, Lynda offers instruction in business, software, technology and a myriad of creative skills to help learners build their personal and professional portfolios.

Low on time? We’ve got you covered:

Web and Digital for Graphic Designers by Neil Leonard

100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

How to up your cooking-game, peruse our Culinary Arts Collection. With access to 150 major cooking and nutritional magazines, you can search by topic, subject or publication to find the perfect recipe that is sure to knock the socks off of your taste-tester. And if that taste tester is you, hop on over to Creativebug afterwards to learn how to knit yourself a new pair of socks to keep your feet warm on these chilly winter days! Who says you can’t learn more than one new thing this year?

Feeling more traditional? Give one of these a stir:

Chasing Flavor: Techniques and Recipes to Cook Fearlessly by Dan Kluger

Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes to Master and Mix by Dominique Ansel

With tons of things to learn and explore in the New Year, why not start with the library? From online resources to the pages in a book, we’ve got you covered. So grab that library card and get ready to see where this year will take you!

Ericka Brunson is a community librarian at the Redmond Library. Contact her aterickab@dpls.lib.or.us.

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