Enjoy a New Hobby this Year! Participate in Photography Classes at the Library

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

As the first snow of the session prepares to hit central Illinois, many of us are trying to keep our resolutions. One of the lead stories on the news last night centered on fitness club memberships. We had a request yesterday at the library for computer help from a patron who had made a resolution to try a new recipe every week in 2012 and didn’t know where to start. Knitting and sewing books, self-help books, hobby books and travel books are checking out at the adult circulation desk daily as people are looking for activities to challenge themselves with in the new year.

As the first snow of the session prepares to hit central Illinois, many of us are trying to keep our resolutions. One of the lead stories on the news last night centered on fitness club memberships. We had a request yesterday at the library for computer help from a patron who had made a resolution to try a new recipe every week in 2012 and didn’t know where to start. Knitting and sewing books, self-help books, hobby books and travel books are checking out at the adult circulation desk daily as people are looking for activities to challenge themselves with in the new year.

We have a fun new series of classes starting this week for those of you still looking for something to do! Professional Photographer Jeff McSweeney is facilitating a 3 week series centering on digital photography. Jeff, a veteran teacher, has held similar classes as part of the  I.C.C. adult education and Peoria Park District programs. McSweeney likes to keep the size of these classes small, usually 8-10 people, and works with specific questions that come with different kinds of digital cameras. He also covers the basics such as lighting, focus, how to use editing software, and what kinds of free or low cost programs are available online for photo-editing, storage, etc. Those participating should plan to bring their cameras, and if possible, a laptop. Additional laptops are available at the library for anyone needing to borrow one for the class. 

Classes start this Saturday, January 14, 9-10:30 a.m. and continue the same time next Saturday January 21, and conclude on February 4. (There is a break in the schedule to give us all time to attend the Polar Plunge at Eureka Lake on  January 28).Cost for the three weeks is $25, and those attending do need to call the Library (467-2922) to register.