Have you ever noticed at the grocery store all the magazines with craft ideas? There’s a good chance these magazines will be available to you for free in the library’s digital collection. You can access the digital magazines using the Libby app or at the MELSA Overdrive website (melsa.overdrive.com). Find magazines like “Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts” or “Quilting Arts Holiday” to name a few titles. In addition to vacation and craft magazines, Overdrive offers hundreds of magazines ranging from “The Economist” to “Pro Wrestling Illustrated” and for nearly every interest.
Here are some book titles that will help you get your craft going, and maybe even hand-make some holiday gifts.
“Crafting the Rainbow: 40 Colorful Origami Projects from the House That Lars Built,” Written by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Learn how to make fun party decorations, luscious flowers, stunning cards, sophisticated wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, and more than you can imagine–all with nothing but the creative power of paper… Jepsen walks readers through the easy basics of simple paper transformation–including Including napkins, crepe, cardstock, book paper, old and recycled paper—in vibrant and imaginative craft projects suitable for every occasion.
“Crafting with Vanilla: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Gifts, Accessories, and Home Décor,” by Sarah Ramberg. Few fabrics evoke a feeling as warm as flannel. With its universal appeal and inexpensive cost, flannel is a great way to create new décor for your home, a unique accessory to wear, or a thoughtful gift to give. Featuring over fifty easy-to-follow tutorials, Crafting with Flannel features creative and inspiring crafts suitable for all ages and skill levels.
“The Crafty Chica Creates!: Latin-Inspired DIY Projects With Spirit and Sparkle,” By Cathy Cano Murillo. At The Crafty Chica Creates, Cathy Cano Murillo enthusiastically welcomes you to her world of thoughtfulness and affirmation with colorful, Latin-style craft projects inspired by her Mexican heritage. With 45 projects–26 all-new projects joining 19 previous favorites–get fun techniques for painting, sewing, mixed media, clay, and paper crafts using affordable, recycled materials. While some are more in-depth than others, the projects are perfect for all skill levels. Crafty Chica welcomes you to infuse projects with elements of your own cultural heritage to make them personal and unique.
Crafty Family Ideas: Projects to Make, Stuff to Bake, and Lots of Homemade(ish) Fun. by Christine Gambaccini. Creative Family Ideas will show you a lot of simple and cool crafts, recipes and other ideas for a fun and creative family life! Featuring 55 delicious recipes and fun DIY projects for parents–from a bubble maker to homemade bug spray and Christmas cookies–this engaging and fun guide is packed with endless fun for every season and every occasion!
“Snowflakes, Sunbeams, and Stars: 75 Gorgeous Paper Designs to Drape, Cut, and Curl,” By Ayako Brodick and Shannon Voigt. Experts guide origami artists in capturing the perfect geometry and subtle beauty of some of nature’s most exquisite creations–using origami, quilling, and kirigami. They clearly explain the basics, such as tools, paper options, and educational icons. Next, Brodek demonstrates the basic techniques of origami (folding) and kirigami (cutting), while Voigt covers rolling (curling). The skill level for each design is indicated, along with step-by-step directions, detailed photos, beautiful color shots of completed designs and projects, and templates where needed.
Welcome every Wednesday to Chaska: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 26. Join us on Welcome Wednesdays for self-guided activities for all ages. Registration number. All fun.
Meet NaNoWriMo in Chanhassen: 3:30-5 p.m., Monday, November 28. Do you participate in the annual National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org)? Get together with fellow writers to network and encourage one another, or simply work on your writing in a different environment for a short while. Free Wi-Fi is provided (as usual).
Monday Funday Online: 6:30 – 7 PM on Monday, November 28, on Facebook Live. Monday nights are Fundai nights! We will read books, tell stories, sing songs, and more. Carver County Library Youth Services Librarians and Special Guests will lead the way!
Story time information
Chanhasen Storytime. No registration required.
Family story time: 3:30 PM on Sundays and 10:30 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For all ages, with a focus on children two years of age and older. Children, parents and caregivers are invited to share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing and speaking that encourage the development of early reading and writing skills.
Storytime toddler: 10:30 a.m., Monday. Toddlers, parents and caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, finger play and musical movement for this age group. Come shake the punks with us. For ages 18 to 36 months.
Lapsit Baby Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Children and their caregivers share a quality time in a 20-minute session designed to encourage language development through sharing board books and movement activities, followed by time to visit and play. For children from birth to 18 months. No registration required. There is no story time on Thursday, November 24th.
Chaska Story Time. No registration required.
Family story time. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. For all ages, with a focus on children two years of age and older. Children, parents and caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing and speaking that encourage the development of early literacy skills. Special Story at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 23.
Victoria Story Time. No registration required.
10:30 a.m. Monday. For all ages, with a focus on children two years of age and older. Children, parents and caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing and speaking that encourage the development of early literacy skills.
Lapsit Baby Storytime: 9:30 a.m. on the Wednesday before the library opens. Please be at the door by 9:30. Children and their caregivers share a quality time in a 20-minute session designed to encourage language development through sharing board books and movement activities, followed by time to visit and play. For children from birth to 18 months. No registration required.
Storytime toddler10:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Toddlers, parents and caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, finger play and musical action for this busy age group. Come shake the smart ones with us! Recommended for ages 18-36 months.