Library to host How-To Festival

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Learn 30 Things in 3 Hours for FREE Saturday, December 7

By Special to The Sun

For those who want to learn to start a family tree, avoid the flu, relax and unwind, play the guitar, take great photos, protect your identity, ship during the holidays, make reindeer food, do martial arts—and much more—the Washington County Public Library’s How-To Festival, Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Springfield Opera House, 124 West Main Street, will be your one-stop for speed learning.

Throughout the library’s free three-hour How-To Festival, attendees can also learn about the Lincoln connection, make thrifty, nifty gifts, keep your home safe, prepare for weather emergencies, drive safely without texting or wrap with style.

Dozens of local experts will join the library in a lively series of lessons and hands-on skills. The How-To Festival is part of the Library’s ongoing mission recognizing the power of information and the joy of discovery, providing a variety of quality resources and programs to meet community needs.

“This is an opportunity for the library to bring the whole community together for learning that is fun and exciting, “ said Library Director, Tara O’Hagan. “It will be a fast-paced, speed-dating type event that will bring Washington County businesses and community partners together with those they serve.”

Some presenters are recognizable as business owners and community members, including: Director of Washington County Recycling, Brad Langford, on recycling,  Cooperative Extension Service Staff Laura Peek, Cabrina Buckman and Dennis Morgeson on reading labels, healthy eating, making wreaths with fresh greens and gifting,  Hardin’s Jewelry’s Carolyn Hardin on putting the sparkle in the holidays, and police, emergency services and fire personnel.

Other presenters with a passion will demonstrate how to deck the halls, how to be financially secure, mixing colors and patterns, fire safety, being smart with a smart phone, making a mesh wreath, and even make balloon animals.

And there will be plenty for the sports enthusiast at the Phil Simms’ Museum…for children with a police car, ambulance, fire truck and the Library bookmobile…for the community member with library cards and Friends of the Library information.

Workshops and sessions will be located throughout The Springfield Opera House and in the parking area. At the entrance, library staff and Board Members will have information and the drawing give-away.

For more information, including a list and schedule of How-To Festival sessions, contact the Washington County Public Library at 336-7655, or find events on our website, www1.youseemore.com/washingtoncountypl/, or “like” us on Facebook for updated information.