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Learning a new skill does not have to be expensive. We have a wide variety of free resources to help you learn new skills, from DIY to learning a new language. You can learn about exciting new hobbies and crafts too.

Visit our online library catalogue and search for the topic you are interested in. Eg. cooking, crafts, gardening...  If your library doesnt not have the book you want you can reserve it for free from another Northumberland Library.

Also we have a number of eMagazines that could help you learn or improve a skill or hobby.  You can choose from over 20 popular magazine titles.  List of titles include: Kitchen Garden, BBC Good Food, Digital Photographer, Health and Fitness, Astronomy, .Net, Who Do You Think You Are and more. Click here to find out more.

Crafts and Home

Granny Squares and Shapes30 Minute Jewellery MakingHow to KnitPolymer ClayOld Quilts New LifeThe Beginners Guide to UpholsteryUpstyle Your FurnitureZoo Animals

Whether you're interested in knitting or quilting, paper crafts or painting, your library has books that can help all ability ranges. 

Cooking

 BIYEllaGreat British Bake OffHairy Bikers AsiaJamie OliverNigella LawsonPrimrose BakeryRick Stein Venice and Istanbul

Your library has cookbooks that can help you learn about cooking food from a range of cultures. Find out how to bake, get recipe ideas and learn more about specialist cooking. According to a recent survey conducted by NIACE, 39% of us would love to learn how to cook or bake. 

Hobbies

 Astronomy ManualBird WatchingAdvanced BridgeCoins of EnglandDigital PhotographyPiano Chords Made EasyHadrians WallWriting

Learn about a new hobby, improve on an existing one or pick up where you left off with a favourite old pastime. Your library has books and events to help you with a range of hobbies such as photography, playing an instrument, bird watching and stargazing. 

Gardening

The Half Hour AllotmentThe Good GardenBack Garden Nature ReserveVeg GrowersThe Well Tempered GardenThe Cute Flower PatchSmall Space Big IdeasThe Urban Gardener

If you're feeling green-fingered, your library has books about every aspect of gardening, from growing your own vegetable garden and information about flowers to lawn maintenance, there's something for every budding gardener.

IT Skills

Web DesignFacebook for DummiesiPad for SeniorsMicrosoft Office for iPadWindows 10My Android TabletMac BasicsThe Smartphone Photography Guide

Computers have become a part of everyday life. Whether you just need to brush up your skills or are a complete beginner, your library offers support, free access to computers for library members, events, online resources and books. You can learn how to use anything from Microsoft office to web design programs, or even learn how to use a computer for the very first time.

Sport and Leisure

The Great British Road Rides GuideExtreme FishingUp and RunningSwim Better Swim FasterYogaHorse RidingGolf Rules ExplainedGareth Thomas Proud

There are plenty of books in the library that can help you to learn to play a new sport or improve your sporting technique, on everything from dancing and swimming to horse riding and tennis.