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Tutorials on how to do almost anything!

From technology to light crafts to serious DIY, this site has how-to information on building and making a variety of items.

Open Directory Project (DMOZ): Recreation
A directory of over 80,000 well-organized web links for all sorts of hobbies and recreational activities.

Craft, hobby, and cooking inspiration. Requires free registration.


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Culinary Arts iconCulinary Arts Collection
The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.A valid library card is needed to use this resource.

Recipes, menus, cooking articles, and food guides.

Food Network
Information about all things cooking from the cable network.

Gluten Free Girl
A popular gluten free blog.

Vegetarian and vegan recipes.

WebMD Healthy Recipe Finder

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The Long Thread
Offers tutorials (or links to tutorials) for a variety of projects, from coasters to stuffed animals.

Martha Stewart Crafts

Open Directory Project (DMOZ): Crafts
A directory of over 5,000 links to crafting websites.

Scrapbook Soup
crapbooking project instructions. Sew-Lutions Guides
Free instructional articles that cover all aspects of sewing, from beginner and learn-to-sew instructions to advanced sewing techniques.

Quilters Club of America

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Other (Indoor)

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Home Improvement iconHome Improvement Collection
Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more. A valid library card is needed to use this resource.

DIY Network
A site dedicated to Do-It-Yourself home improvement.

International Jugglers’ Association

National Association for Amateur Radio

National Model Railroad Association

New England Antiques Journal
“A monthly magazine for antiques professionals and enthusiasts whose lifestyles center around antiques and older homes.”

Society of American Magicians

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Other (Outdoor)

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Gardening iconGardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection
This collection of journals focuses specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. Includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies. A valid library card is needed to use this resource.

American Birding Association

Backyard Chickens

Backyard Gardener

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County
Extensive, local gardening information.

Track bird sightings and record your own observations to share with the eBird community. A project of Cornell’s Ornithology Lab and the National Audubon Society.

Empire State Metal Detector Organization
A social outlet to those interested in metal detecting and to provide fellowship, promote education, and encourage metal detecting as a hobby.  Meetings take place in Latham, NY.

Garden Guides
Includes gardening how-to’s by top garden writers, plant fact sheets and guide sheets, seasonal tips and garden techniques, garden recipes, and much more.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. For basic information, start with Geocaching 101.

HGTV Gardening

National Association of Rocketry

New York Capital Region Geocachers

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