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Celebrate National Craft Month!

March 9, 2014 by Reader's Connection


Crafts and hobbies provide a creative outlet, a way to relax and an opportunity to learn something new. If you want a go-to resource about hobbies and crafts , explore the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center database. It includes how-to instructions and creative ideas for more than 160 crafts, including knitting, camping, homebrewing and photography.
With full text articles from craft magazines, instructional videos and recipes, you’ll find many ways to express your creativity.



On our homepage, go to the section called The Resources, and click on Articles & Databases.




alpha2When the iLibrary Databases page opens up, choose the alphabetical arrangement . . .

. . .and scroll down to Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center. Click there.

. . .

To search, type your term into the search box and click the Search button.guitar_search2




Search results are listed by relevance.

















But over to the right, you’ll see a Relevance button.





If you  click there, you can rearrange your results. We’ll pick Date Newest . . .





. . . so the most recent results are brought to the top.


Click the Full Text link . . .






. . . to see the article as it appears in the magazine.









Click on the article’s title . . .title_link
. . . to see details about the article.





You can print the article, email it, bookmark it or save the article to computer. Articles can be saved to a folder once you’ve created an account.



If available, related videos will appear on the right hand section of the screen marked “Related Hobbies and Craft Videos”.




Return to the database’s homepage anytime by clicking the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center logo in the upper left hand corner of the screen.




This homepage features a Crafts Spotlight. This month is St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, with ideas for recipes and crafts to celebrate the day.








Also on the homepage is the Featured Video, which shows how to complete a simple project.






vid_link2Want to search the 720 how-to videos? Click the Video/Images link in the bar across the top of the screen.





Enter your subject in the search box, and click Search.








If some videos are available, click on a video link to view the video.












pubs2Wondering if your favorite craft magazine is included in the database? Click the Publications link at the top the screen to see the titles of the 1500 magazines and books.

Celebrate National Craft Month and make something today. Let the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center spark your imagination!

–Selector Beth Baker Schoch


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