Tip: Making things with online help is traditional and hip at the SAME TIME!


In case you’ve lost track: the Winter Solstice is December 21st, which is also the first night of Hanukkah, followed by Christmas, and Kwanzaa, and New Year, and Epiphany… If your big gift-giving holiday is Eid-al-Fitr, you already dealt with it in October, but many of us have just started shopping for presents in this lean economic year. Isn’t it a great time to make something?

The Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center (HCRC) from EBSCO is a nice source for inspiration and instructions on making your own gifts. It’s a new database that has been getting starred reviews in the library journals. Everybody can access it from the Brooks Memorial Library computers, and cardholders can use it from home. From the BML website, choose resources –> Do it yourself.

The HCRC is easy to navigate; just point and click, or type in a keyword and you’re sure to find something relevant. Each activity has a “Hobby Profile” to get your started, but you will quickly want to move on to the illustrated articles and video material: just click on the tabs at the top of your results screen.

I should warn you that it doesn’t have much on the Sweater Curse, but for that you can rely on the mother of all pop-culture sources, Wikipedia. And the rest of the HCRC is harmless as long as you wear your safety goggles. Enjoy!