Something New: Fishing

Fishing is a great recreational pastime and we’re lucky to have an abundance of places to fish in the area. We have some inspiring books to get you started or to help you improve your fishing skills! Here are a selection of titles, check the catalog for more:

The Bass Angler’s Almanac: More than 650 Tips and Tactics

Bob Izumi’s 101 Best Fishing Tips

The Complete Fisherman

Fishing for Dummies

Fly Fishing the Louisiana Coast

Fly Fishing Made Easy: Manual for Beginners with Tips for the Experienced

A lower impact option is to check out the first three seasons of The Deadliest Catch on DVD and watch from the comfort of home!

Something New: Knitting

We have some fantastic knitting books that are hip and cool, these are not your grandma’s pattern books! We also have knitting classes and events across the branches quite often so check our events calendar. Browse all our knitting books or check out this selection:

Domiknitrix: Whip Your Knitting into Shape

Fashionable Projects for the New Knitter

Getting Started Knitting

Knit Couture: 20 Hand-Knit Designs from Runway to Reality

Knitting in Plain English

Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook

Something New: Cartooning

We have lots of books on many different styles of cartooning. It’s an easy hobby to pick up, suitable for all ages and skill levels. You can browse all cartooning books or take a look at this selection of titles:

Comic Strips: Create Your Own Comic Strips from Start to Finish

Drawing Cartoons: A Complete Guide

Foundation Course Cartooning

Funny Cartooning for Kids

Heroes! Draw Your Own Superheroes, Gadget Geeks & Other Do-Gooders

How to Draw Manga

Learn to Draw Disney

You Can Draw Marvel Characters

Something New: Bonsai

Growing and maintaining a bonsai tree can be a fun and rewarding hobby. These miniature trees offer an alternative to gardening outside in the blazing sun. We have oodles of books at the library to help you become a master bonsai grower!

Bonsai Master Class

The Creative Art of Bonsai

The Bonsai Specialist: The Essential Guide to Buying, Planting, Displaying, Improving and Caring for Bonsai

Low Maintenance Bonsai

Successful Bonsai: Raising Exotic Miniature Trees

See all our Bonsai resources listed in the library catalog.

Something New: Home Brewing

Home Brewing is an ever more popular hobby and a fun project to see come to fruition. We have some great books to fill you in on how to get started, what equipment you’ll need, as well as information on techniques and hundreds of beer recipes.

Brewing the World’s Great Beers: A Step-by-Step Guide

Brew Your Own British Real Ale

Complete Handbook of Home Brewing

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

Home Brew

Something New: Blogging

Blogging is a great way to express yourself. It’s easy to start your own blog and share your experiences, whether just for fun, to promote your business or to write about anything you like!

We have books at the library to help you get started. The books listed below are physical books in our collection but we have many more books in ebook format. Try searching for blogs or Twitter on our Safari Tech Books Online database, you’ll find the very latest ebooks! (you just need a library card to access these from home)

The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything you Need to Know to Get it Right

Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers

Say Everything : How Blogging Began, What it’s Becoming, and Why it Matters

A Teen’s Guide to Creating Web Pages and Blogs

The Twitter Book

WordPress for Dummies

Something New: Origami

Origami, the art of paper folding, can be a fun hobby and it’s easy to get started. Impress your friends with your new found skills! All you need is paper and one of these helpful books, so head over to the library catalog for these titles:

Complete Origami: Easy Techniques, 25 Great Projects

Easy Origami

Extreme Origami

The Origami Bible

Origami for the First Time

Something New: Birding

Bird watching or ‘birding’ is a great low impact outdoor activity. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service there are over 50 million birders in the US! So why not see what you’ve been missing and take a look at these books to get you started:

Birds of North America

City Birding: True Tales of birds and birdwatching in unexpected places

Good Birders Don’t Wear White: 50 Tips from North America’s top birders

Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges

Louisiana Bird Watching: A year-Round Guide

National Geographic Birding Essentials

Something New: Photography

Photography is a great pastime and of course there are so many wonderful sights, people and places to photograph in Louisiana. If you’re looking to improve your photography technique or at least reach the point where you’re not chopping the heads off people in pictures, here are some books to help!

Basic Techniques of Photography

Complete Book of Photography : How to Improve your Pictures with a Film or Digital Camera

Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers

National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography

Ultimate Field Guide to Photography

Understanding Composition : The Complete Photographer’s Guide


Something New: Woodworking

‘Something New’ is to be a recurring feature on the blog which will highlight a subject or hobby and help you discover, yes, something new! The first hobby we’ll look at is woodworking, and we have some great resources at the library to recommend to you:

24 Weekend Projects for Pets: Dog Houses, Cat Trees, Rabbit Hutches & More

The Collins Complete Woodworker

The Kids’ Building Workshop: 15 Woodworking Projects for Kids and Parents to Build Together

Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Woodworking

Woodworking 101 for Women: How to Speak the Language, Buy the Tools, &  Build Fabulous Furniture from Start to Finish

Woodworking for the Backyard: Projects for Relaxing, Cooking, Entertaining & Gardening

We also subscribe to the magazine Fine Woodworking with back issues available to check out.