Teach or learn a new skill

1/10/2014, 6 a.m.

Library patrons can tap into their creative side by handcrafting greeting cards, dancing with Zumba or learning to juggle as part of the DeKalb Public Library’s Skillshare initiative.

The January launch coincides with National Hobby Month, and patrons can learn basic sewing techniques, drawing, and how to stretch their food dollars, and all is free of charge with Skillshare.

Myguail Chappel, a member of the library’s Adult Services Committee, said Skillshare is a wonderful program because it allows residents to share their special talents, hobbies or arts and crafts.

“Everyone involved gets to meet new people who share their interests. Patrons get to learn something new, presenters get to teach their skills to neighbors and friends, and the library is able to expand the variety of meaningful programs we offer the community.”

Upcoming workshops include “Making Decorative Flowers” on Jan. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Covington Library, 3500 Covington Highway in Decatur. Presenter Charleisa Jackson will show how to create carnation and other floral arrangements for parties, weddings and baby showers. The class limit is 20. To register, call 404-508-7180.

“Introduction to Journaling” will be presented by Simone Walker on Jan. 18 at Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. in Decatur. The noon-to-1:30 p.m. program explores how writing about thoughts and life experiences can provide emotional and spiritual benefits. The class limit is 15. To register, call 404-370-3070, Ext. 2008.

To lead or participate in Skillshare workshops, visit www.dekalblibrary.org.