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TWO libraries are teaching skills in the new year.

Both Gosport-based Bridgemary Library, in Brewers Lane and Elson Library, in Chantry Road, are offering hands-on courses to residents.

Bridgemary Library will run courses from 9.30am to 12.30pm, starting with a drawing workshop on January 23, followed by a beginners’ family history workshop on January 31 and a prom jewellery class on February 23. Call (01329) 23098 to book.

Elson Library courses also run from 9.30am and include a local research introduction on January 26, pottery painting on February 2 and a Spanish class on February 5. Call (023) 9252 4608 to book.

Courses cost £12 each, concessions are available.