Tagged Crafts & Hobbies

Get Creative Through the DIY Method of Zine Making!

A zine (pronounced zeen) is a small-circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Usually hand-made using found materials and simple supplies, zines can be about any topic and take various shapes and…

It's Time for Slime!

Type "slime" into any search engine and you’re bound to find a variety of slime-making kits sold through major retailers, links to several YouTube accounts dedicated to slime, and even news articles about people of all…

Skills for Community-Centered Libraries: Learning through Experience

“Tell me and I forget.Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Xun Kuang, philosopher   Imagine trying to learn to knit. Would you learn best by reading a book about knitting? Hearing a friend talk about…

Summer Hours and Cool Activities at the Free Library!

It's almost officially summer here in Philadelphia, as the sun finally breaks through all the recent rain clouds and schools will be letting out early next week. No matter what your plans are this summer, the Free Library is here to…

When School's Out, Stay Cool with Awesome Activities at the Free Library!

While some schools in the area have already let out for the summer, the last official day for Philadelphia School District students is Tuesday, June 20. Woo Hoo! While pools and spraygrounds around the city will begin opening later this…

When I Think of Spring, I Think of Flowers

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. Claude Monet   As winter finally drags its feet slowly out the door, I think of Spring, and I think of flowers. Here are some books about flowers that you might enjoy for this…

A DIY Guide to a Crafty Summer

Are you looking for a way to stay cool and get creative this summer? Perhaps checking out some of the Free Library’s DIY (do-it-yourself) books will get you inspired! For example, let's say you saw a shirt or a dress that you…

Book Arts Workshop: Building with the Map Fold

Starting with the classic map fold, we will build a variety of book or zine structures. Bring your prints, drawings, altered pages, or decorative papers to combine into stars, extend into chains, or create pop-up elements. …

Book Arts Workshop: Basic stab binding

Stab binding is a family of book binding techniques used for over two thousand years in Japan, China, and Korea. Both cathartic and simple, stab bindings are an efficient way to produce elegant books. Using thread to wrap around the…

Book Arts Workshop: Color-Compose-Construct

Discover a new three-part approach to the marvelous map book fold.  First, simple painting techniques are explored to provide colorful content.  Then, artwork is cut and collaged as design elements. Lastly, the structure is…

Book Arts Workshop: Origami and Non-Traditional Books

Books can be a lot of things: a sheet of folded paper, a book of matches, a collection of bound photographs, the list can go on. This workshop is going to expand the idea of what a book is or can be, by the use of origami as…

Sit and Stitch

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will not be guaranteed. All are welcome!

Sit and Stitch

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will not be guaranteed. All are welcome!

Sit and Stitch

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will not be guaranteed. All are welcome!

Sit and Stitch

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will not be guaranteed. All are welcome!

Sit and Stitch

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will not be guaranteed. All are welcome!

Sit and Stitch

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will not be guaranteed. All are welcome!

Sit and Stitch

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will not be guaranteed. All are welcome!

Book Arts Workshop: Pamphlets with Pockets

In this workshop participants will learn to make one and two signature pamphlet books with paper covers that feature interior pockets. One pocket variation will feature one cut edge and one edge with a folded tab, while the other will…

Sit and Stitch

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will not be guaranteed. All are welcome!

Board Game Bonanza!

From Chutes and Ladders to Connect 4, from Bingo to Twister, play some games and make some friends!   Find us on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/parkwaycentralchildrens Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ParkwayCCD

Book Arts Workshop: Single Sheet Instant Books

Books come in all shapes and sizes, and in this workshop we will learn a variety of structures using a single sheet of paper. In this workshop we’ll fold paper, make a few cuts, and create sculptural book structures that are ready…

Sit and Stitch

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will not be guaranteed. All are welcome!

Board Game Bonanza!

From Chutes and Ladders to Connect 4, from Bingo to Twister, play some games and make some friends!   Find us on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/parkwaycentralchildrens Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ParkwayCCD

Intermediate Knitting Class

In this 8 week course, you will learn how to swatch in the round, learn to knit in the round on both circular and double pointed needles, and learn how to cable and knit lace. Projects include a hat, a cabled coffee cup cozy, and a…

LEGO Club

Calling all young engineers! Join us for an afternoon of building and collaborative, creative play with LEGO bricks. Build a kit or make a creation of your own design! Children ages 6-12. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Part of the Margaret S. Halloran…

Thursday Crafternoons!

Join us for a short storytime and craft for the whole family!

Handy Around the House

Do it yourself home repair, plumbing, painting, etc.

Fix your ride

Repair tips for cars, bikes, boats, and more!

Cut and Stitch

Grab the scissors for sewing projects, drapery, upholstery – even how to give a haircut!

Crafts for Kids

Fun and creative crafts for kids or the whole family!