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By Lindsey Travis
Sweetwater County Library System 

Discover a new hobby at the county library


It’s been said that hobbies are good for your health. A quick Google search on the subject and you’ll find countless articles about how hobbies reduce stress, help keep your brain active and help stave off things such as dementia. Sometimes finding a new hobby can be hard, however. With so many choices out there, where do you look to find something that will fit your personal interests? Well, the Sweetwater County Library System has an event this week that can introduce you to a few new hobbies, and provide a few hours of Saturday fun.

The March Mini Workshops will be on Saturday, March 21 at the library in Green River, 300 N. 1st East. Drop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and take part in one of the fun and interactive workshops throughout the library. Taught by library staff members and a few volunteers, the Mini Workshops will give you some hands-on fun and perhaps even give you a reason to start up a new hobby.

The lineup is a good one. Here’s a look at what we’ll be offering: Cupcake decorating, bath salts, planting seeds and starts, charm jewelry, altered books, and a technology petting zoo. I’ll be there helping with the technology petting zoo. I know what you’re thinking, “What’s a technology petting zoo?” Well, it’s the opportunity to learn about the different types of devices that are available – everything from the iPad Air, to Kindles and Nooks. We will have options available for you to look at so you can see which device is the best fit for you. If you already have a device, bring it with you and we’ll help you get set up to check out eBooks and digital audiobooks from the library, and we’ll show you how to use hoopla, the library’s streaming movie service.

Make sure to drop by the library on Saturday and learn something new. Besides taking part in the workshops, you will also have the opportunity to win a brand new Kindle Fire HDX. No matter what, you’ll leave with a bunch of fun items, and your brain will be filled with new knowledge!

Adventures in Gardening

Speaking of hobbies, a few years ago I tried planting a vegetable garden. I’m originally from the Midwest and I’m used to good soil and abundant spring and summer rain. Because of this, I didn’t think about the fact that I needed to actually water the plants. I also didn’t realize that the soil in my yard really wouldn’t support the plants. Needless to say, the plants didn’t last long and I didn’t manage to grow any vegetables.

I may have been able to avoid such a gardening disaster if I had taken the time to learn about planting here in Sweetwater County. We have a series of classes coming up at Rock Springs Library at 400 C Street in downtown Rock Springs, which will teach just that.

Master gardeners from the University of Wyoming Extension will be teaching people about planting and planning gardens in the area. The “Adventures in Gardening” series kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, with the class “Got Yard? Now What?” This first class looks at planning a new landscape or revamping the one you have, soil preparation, use of fertilizers, smart water use and composting.

Other topics that will be covered in “Adventures in Gardening” over the next few months include what to plant and where, raised bed gardening, vegetable, flower and herb gardens, and pests, weeds and pesticides. Stop by and learn how to make your garden a success this year.


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