Most people are familiar with Pinterest and YouTube when searching for craft and handiwork ideas, tutorials, and videos.

Did you know your local community library has hundreds of online resources about hobbies and crafts?

If you have a library card and a few minutes you will find wonderful resources at your fingertips.  You will need to be a library member with a library card to log in.  When ready, go to the library’s webpage, log in to your account, go to Tex-Share Databases click Resources A-Z on the blue taskbar, slide down to AND click the button Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center.

There you will category buttons ranging from Arts & Crafts to Kid’s Craft, Scrapbooking, and Paper Crafts with lots of other art and craft disciplines in between.

Articles and periodicals from current books and magazines provide paper instructions, photo images, and audio tutorial sheets.

As a Craft Librarian, I’m always on the lookout for craft ideas and instruction for use in our adult crafting program:  Craft LAB.  Tex-Share Database provides a curated catalog of art, craft techniques shared from reliable source articles, books, and periodicals in the art/craft community.

If you’re not a fan of online research and you prefer in-person browsing then the library has you covered!  The adult non-fiction sections beginning at 730’s to 770’s houses books on many subjects ranging from Architecture to Decorative Arts to Photography and everything in between in which to browse.

The library also provides magazine subscriptions of the Artists and American Craft magazines that are housed in the quiet area of the library.  Current month issues are displayed only and older issues are available for check with a limit of three magazines for a one-week checkout.

If you have questions or comments about Crafts please email Pat Galvin at or call 512-847-2188 ext. 110