Tagged Crafts & Hobbies

What's New with LEAP?

Now that the new school year is up and running, LEAP would like to welcome students back to school! LEAP provides a safe and supportive afterschool environment for school-age patrons grades K – 12, complete with homework help,…

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…

Crochet and Knitting Club

Join 'Sisters Interacting Through Stitches', as they create items which are donated to local, national, and international organizations.  In addition, club members are willing to teach the art of crocheting and knitting to…

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. …

Crochet and Knitting Club

Join 'Sisters Interacting Through Stitches', as they create items which are donated to local, national, and international organizations.  In addition, club members are willing to teach the art of crocheting and knitting to…

Crochet and Knitting Club

Join 'Sisters Interacting Through Stitches', as they create items which are donated to local, national, and international organizations.  In addition, club members are willing to teach the art of crocheting and knitting to…

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…

Crochet and Knitting Club

Join 'Sisters Interacting Through Stitches', as they create items which are donated to local, national, and international organizations.  In addition, club members are willing to teach the art of crocheting and knitting to…

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…

Crochet and Knitting Club

Join 'Sisters Interacting Through Stitches', as they create items which are donated to local, national, and international organizations.  In addition, club members are willing to teach the art of crocheting and knitting to…

Craft Time Tuesdays

Join us every Tuesday for fun and a craft! LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12 while school is in session.    

Jewelry Making Workshop

Intro to jewelry making, wire wrapping, and beading! Youth ages 12-18 are welcome to come create a piece of wearable art to keep. We'll be exploring the many jewelry making e-books on our digital resource Hoopla for…

Craft Time Tuesdays

Join us every Tuesday for fun and a craft! LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12 while school is in session.    

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…

Book Paper Scissors

Book Paper Scissors is an artists’ book fair, free and open to the public. 2019 marks the 12th consecutive year of the fair held at the library in collaboration with the Philadelphia Center for the Book . This festive event…

Craft Time Tuesdays

Join us every Tuesday for fun and a craft! LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12 while school is in session.    

Craft Time Tuesdays

Join us every Tuesday for fun and a craft! LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12 while school is in session.    

Crochet and Knitting Club

Join 'Sisters Interacting Through Stitches', as they create items which are donated to local, national, and international organizations.  In addition, club members are willing to teach the art of crocheting and knitting to…

Jewelry Making Workshop

Intro to jewelry making, wire wrapping, and beading! Youth ages 12-18 are welcome to come create a piece of wearable art to keep. We'll be exploring the many jewelry making e-books on our digital resource Hoopla for…

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!

Craft Time Tuesdays

Join us every Tuesday for fun and a craft! LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) homework help and literacy activities offered for grades K-12 while school is in session.    

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!

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!