Be creative
  • Last updated:
  • 25 Nov 2020

Being creative is beneficial throughout all stages of life. It can help to relieve stress, boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment. Simply put, it can make you more awesome! 

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” Maya Angelou

Get creative this festive season with crafts and gifts for the whole family to make

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Womans Day
    Fun Christmas ideas for 2020.
  • Bright star kids
    20 easy Christmas crafts for kids.
  • DIY and crafts
    100 mind-blowing DIY Christmas gifts people actually want.
  • Blossom
    Welcome to your cheat sheet for creative and unique DIY projects, mixed with daily life fixes that keep you and your family in mind. Consider your life hacked!
  • Skill Share
    Free classes on DIY crafts and creativity, watch, play, learn, make and discover! 

Impress your family, friends and neighbours with your Christmas cooking

Learning online

  • Free online TAFE courses
    Access online skill sets and micro-credentials in food service, community care, health support, customer engagement, digital literacy and cyber security.
  • Coursera 
    Offers free courses from top universities such as Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies including Google and IBM. 
  • Future learn 
    Offer online courses to continue studying, build professional skills, and connect with experts.
  • TED Talks 
    Stir your curiosity and broaden your horizons.
  • YouTube 
    Is full of expert video tutorials, here are 60 YouTube channels that will make you smarter!
  • Free drawing classes from famous illustrators
    Most are designed for kids—but also great for the young at heart.

Here is a comprehensive list of free online classes where you can gain useful knowledge without having to pay for expensive instruction or courses. 

Update your internet and technology skills for free

  • Be Connected 
    Offer beginner tutorials and online learning resources for computers, tablets and smartphones. 
    Tutorials from beginners to advanced on computers, tablets, smartphones, smartTV, social media and digital photography. 
  • Learn how to create a Facebook group

DIY and home improvement

Leading home improvement YouTube channels include:

Gardening and sustainability

  • Spare Harvest 
    A movement of like-minded people who relish and practice the value of living more sustainable.
  • Living Smart 
    Find useful life hacks to save time and money while creating a healthy living environment with your family.
  • Our Permaculture Life 
    A selection of films with Morag Gamble where you can browse over 100 permaculture how-to films, garden visits, interviews and masterclasses.
  • Permaculture College Australia 
    Robyn Francis has put together a planting guide for an abundant garden, perfectly suited to our sub-tropical climate.
  • RetroSuburbia 
    David Holmgren co-originator of the permaculture concepts, the book is currently available for download for whatever people choose to pay.
  • Gardening Australia have an awesome array of fact sheets and ideas on how to nurture your garden and grow vegies. So get out there!
  • Kookaburra Organics Facebook Group
  • To help all those who are embarking to grow food simply and without spending money.
  • Sustainable Gardening Australia 
    Take the opportunity to learn how to grow your own edibles all year round.
  • Marty’s Garden Show 
    Introducing you to four Australian native foods you can grow at home.

Sunshine Coast Libraries

If you aren’t already a member of Sunshine Coast Libraries join online.

  • Access thousands of documentaries and movies including quality international content.
  • Stream unlimited music and download five tracks per week for free.
  • Read a wide range of online magazines including craft, art and home repairs, you have access to all the ideas you need to get creative. 
  • Learn a new language with LingoLite access phrases and vocabulary in 30 languages using images, text and video.
  • Open the world up with encyclopaedias and infomation, search your ancestry, learn about antiques and collectables, discover world culture and explore national and regional cuisines and special occasion foods.

For help using eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eMovies and eMusic on your device contact the eLibrary Helpdesk on (07) 5475 8989 or email between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also Click & Collect to get your reading fix. Card holders select items online and you'll be notified when the order is available to pick up from your chosen Library.