Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of crafty resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, teens and adults alike, will enjoy oodles of tinkering tasks on these hot summer days!

So pull down those learning swim caps - and let's get started with DIY for Adult and Teens!

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FurnitureDIY Furniture: a Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart

Featuring 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world DIY Furniture shows you how to use simple techniques to make stunning designer furniture from scratch. All the projects can be easily assembled using the step-by-step guides from common materials which can be found at the local hardware store.


VintageCraftsVintage Crafts: 75 Do-it-Yourself Decorating Projects Using Candles, Colors, and Other Flea Market Finds by Clara Lindstrom

Vintage Crafts features recipes fresh from the countryside, lessons for safe and easy outdoor improvement, and tips for keeping your house eco-friendly. This is the ultimate home decor resource from Sweden's number one lifestyle blogger, Clara Lidström. Learn to liven up secondhand clothes, turn old fabrics into patchwork projects, and interject some 50s-era chic into your thrift store finds.


CarSimple Fixes for Your Car: How to Do Small Jobs Yourself and Save Money by Carl Collins

If you have a chip on your windscreen, an annoying scratch on your paintwork, or a key fob that's not working, this book could save you money. There are so many simple fixes that can be made without the need to take your car to the local garage.

Adult Fiction

BlackSheepBlack Sheep Knitting Club Mysteries by Anne Canadeo

Meeting weekly with the fellow members of her knitting circle, Massachusetts knitting-shop owner Maggie Messina is wrongfully suspected in the murder of a rival, a situation for which her loyal friends band together to prove Maggie's innocence. First in the series is While My Pretty One Knits.

QuiltsElm Creek Quilts Series by Jennifer Chiaverini

This heartwarming series centers on the Elm Creek Quilters and their leader, Sylvia Compson. There is lots of quilting talk, a little romance, and some history, seen through septuagenarian Sylvia’s eyes. Warm, well-drawn characters and strong friendships enhance these conversational and leisurely paced novels. They may be read as stand-alone novels. First in the series is The Quilter's Apprentice.

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PatiosBlack & Decker Complete Guide to Patios A DIY Guide to Building Patios, Walkways & Outdoor Steps by Editors of Cool Springs Press

With all of the DIY-friendly products for backyard building available today, the only reason not to build your own patio or walkway is that you don't know how. That's about to change. The inspiration inside Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios perfectly aligns with all the needs of today's do-it-yourself homeowner.


SoapSoap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola

Simple instructions and great photography walk you through every step of 31 exciting recipes, making it easy to master the techniques you need and produce the soaps you want.




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Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more Teen DIY programs and Adult DIY programs.

Dig Deeper With Databases

Use your library card to access DIY information from magazines, newspapers and professional journals


Chilton's Auto Repair Database - ChiltonLibrary provides photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks.

Download Free Magazines Through Flipster
Use Pioneer’s Flipster service to view free digital DIY magazines on your mobile device or desktop.
  • Craft Ideas
  • Creative Knitting
  • Cross Stitch
  • Crochet!
  • HGTV Magazine
  • Just CrossStitch
  • Popular Mechanics Magazine
  • Popular Photography
  • Quilter’s World
  • Threads
Explore These DIY Magazines at Your Library

For more DIY resources available at your library, check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

Check out our new Pioneer Library System Connect app! With your library card number and 4-digit PIN you'll be able to:

  • Search for Print & eBooks;
  • Place holds on Print & eBooks;
  • Retrieve eBooks that are ready for download;
  • Using OverDrive® Read technology, open & read eBooks directly in the PLS Connect app;
  • Renew Print & eBooks, that are eligible for renewal;
  • Return eBooks before the expiration date;
  • Easily get program & event information for your library.

Available for App Store for Apple and Google Play for Android.

As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!