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Release Your Creativity
Amanda's Pick

French Vintage Decor

by Jamie Lundstrom


I have decided to go all in and redecorate my home. I love some of the DIY projects in this book, especially the rusted frames. I'm excited to get in touch with my crafty DIY home side and see what I can do.

Holly's Picks

Calligraphy & Lettering: A Maker’s Guide
Thames and Hudson, editors
745.6 CAL

This is a great book for ideas using your cursive skills, for improving your lettering, or to learn how to write in beautiful script. It also covers illumination and decoration of letters.

Every Tool’s A Hammer: Life Is What You Make It (Book on CD)
by Adam Savage
B SAV (available in book and audiobook read by the author)

Adam Savage is known for his childlike curiosity, enthusiasm, and Mythbusting. This book is more a telling of his journey into becoming a maker, and is also a great defense for needing makers, creators, and tinkers of all types.

Kortney's Pick

Release Your Creativity: Discover Your Inner Artist with 15 Simple Painting Projects
by Rebecca Schweiger
751.4 SCH

My grandmother loved to paint. Her oil paintings were always my favorite. For me, 2020 may be the year of trying to learn my own painting style perhaps even oil painting. Simple projects seem like the perfect place to start.

Laura's Pick

Creative Cookie Decorating: Buttercream Frosting Designs and Tips for Every Occasion
by Emily Hutchinson
641.86 HUT

Baking always inspires me to be creative. This book offers helpful tips on cookie decoration and presentation.

Nancy's Pick

Creative Struggle: Illustrated Advice from Masters of Creativity
by Gavin Aung Than
741.5 THAN

Comic book interpretations of musings on creativity by Mary Shelley, Albert Einstein, Nicolas Tesla, Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Ludwig van Beethoven, John Coltrane, Stephen King, Frida Kahlo, Akira Kurosawa, and many others to jump start my next creative pursuit.

Regina's Pick

The Art Forger
by Barbara Shapiro

This historical fiction novel was inspired by the 1990 robbery of 13 masterpieces stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. The paintings have never been recovered. It is about a "starving" artist lured by love, money, and the desire for fame to use her talents to forge a Degas masterpiece. Painters might enjoy reading about the processes involved in creating a grand work of art, and be inspired to try oil painting or another type of paint medium. Mystery lovers are sure to enjoy the many satisfying layers of suspense this novel offers with the turn of each page. 

Sarah's Pick

Knit Yourself Calm
by Lynne Row
746 ROWE

In 2020, I want to learn many new skills. I thought I would start with knitting. My goal is to knit washcloths and a pillow, which are two projects in this book.

Sharon's Pick

by Marie Kondo 

This is a great book about a way to properly simplify and organize your home. By going room-by-room or little-by-little, you take away your piles of stuff. 

A Gift From the Sea