Have you noticed how popular crafting and the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement seems to be lately? You’re right! Many people seem to have a desire to be more self-reliant and are getting more creative. In addition to crafting and projects, there is also a greater interest in sustainable living – like growing and canning your own food, raising livestock for milk and eggs, and using wind and solar power. This trend is especially noticeable among millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000). To a greater degree than the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) the millennials are embracing all things DIY!
Perhaps it’s a reaction against technology or a response to difficult economic circumstances - exorbitant college loans coupled with fewer employment opportunities - whatever the reason, DIY is a definite millennial trend.
Here's a list of popular DIY topics you might find of interest:
- Woodworking - furniture, cabinetry, decks, musical instruments, boats, garden structures….
- Sewing / knitting / crocheting
- Upcycling and repurposing great finds from thrift shops, flea markets, and yard sales
- Building and living in tiny houses / using solar and wind power
- Making your own gentle soaps, bath and cleaning products
- Brewing your own beer
- Making jewelry
- Photography / scrapbooking
- Drawing, painting, coloring, creating homemade greeting cards
- Journaling, blogging, creating collages and homemade books
- Making pottery
- Cooking and baking – especially “slow foods” and healthy options
- Growing vegetables / canning and preserving fruits and vegetables
- Raising backyard chickens and building chicken coops
- Yogurt and cheese making
- Drying herbs / wreath making
- Candle making
- Painting and refinishing furniture / creating mosaic tabletops
- Bicycling instead of driving
At the Islip Public Library we have books on all of these subjects! Stop in and peruse our non-fiction collections – in the adult, teen, and children’s sections. You’re sure to find something to pique your interest even if you’re not a millennial! Looking for more ideas? Check out Pinterest or Etsy online.
Jump on the DIY bandwagon!
An interesting note - the millennial generation is also more apt to utilize public libraries than those in any other age group, according to a recent Pew Research poll from 2016:
- “87% of millennials say the library helps them find information that is trustworthy and reliable, compared with 74% of baby boomers who say the same. More than 85% of millennials credit libraries with helping them learn new things, compared with 72% of boomers. And just under two-thirds (63%) of millennials say the library helps them get information that assists with decisions they have to make, compared with 55% of boomers.” (www.pewresearch.org)
- Also - the millennial generation tends to favor print books over ebooks.
- “A Publishing Technology survey of 1000 millennials in the U.S. found that 79% of those between the ages of 18 and 34 read a print book in the last year, while 46% had read an e-book on a tablet, and only 31% had read an e-book on a dedicated e-reader.” (www.shelf-awareness.com)
These millennials are on to something – stop in to the library today and check out some books!
September is Library Card sign up month - if you don’t have one get yours today!