Are you one of those people who thinks stamp collecting is geeky and unhip?
Though it’s not as popular as it was in its heyday of 30 to 40 years ago, stamp collecting is probably the most popular hobby in the world. Stamp collecting is alive and well at the Jefferson Parish Library, which hosts the Crescent City Stamp Club the second Tuesday of each month.
Why stamps? Aren’t stamps just pictures on little pieces of paper?
Scientifically speaking, yes, that’s correct. However, there is so much more to stamps that people of any age, any income and any interest can find some aspect of stamp collecting appealing and very satisfying.
Stamps are history. They represent historical events, people and places, and can be a stepping stone to learning as much about history as you want. With the aid of a good stamp catalog, the world is at your fingertips.
There are many ways to collect stamps. Collectors may be generalists or they may specialize in a particular area. Some are generalists with a number of specialized areas. Some collect stamps from a specific country or region, or a particular kind of stamp from an area. The possibilities are endless.
Stamp collectors spend as little or as much money as they want, though most areas of collecting cost very little.
Stamp collectors can engage in their hobby alone, spending as much time or as little time as desired. They can take time away from the hobby and, when ready, jump back in. It’s a passive hobby that can help reduce stress and easily gives a feeling of accomplishment.
Collectors may be solitary, but they are never alone with this hobby. There are libraries of information on every stamp topic, and research is continuously uncovering more information. Also, new stamps are always being issued, creating even more items to be learned from and researched.
The Crescent City Stamp Club has about 25 members who are looking for opportunities to share their knowledge with others, including novices and high school students. Its meetings are free of charge and open to the public.
The club’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Jefferson Parish Public Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WORKSHOP: Enrollment is open under the Affordable Care Act. Navigators from the South East Louisiana Area Education Center will be available to help patrons enroll and to answer questions during workshops at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 16.
Both workshops will be free and open to the public. The workshop on Monday will be conducted primarily in Spanish at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The workshop on Tuesday will be conducted in English at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde will be the topic when the Great Books Discussion Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
HOLIDAY CONCERT: The 30-plus members of the Jefferson Parish Community Band will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.
For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or “like” the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.