How-to Fest: A day-long exploration of new skills and crafts

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  5/11/2017

From beekeeping to leathercraft and creating a website to nurturing a vegetable garden, you can learn a range of new skills in one day and at one place on June 17 when the Redmond Library hosts its first ever How-to Fest.


“We at the library are all about continuing education, community building, and access,” says Josie Hanneman, the Community Librarian who is planning the event. “The How-to Fest will bring together people who might not necessarily share the same social groups. They can learn from each other, teach each other, and just meet their neighbors.”


The free, day-long event gives attendees the opportunity to learn from community experts. All of the presenters are volunteering their time and expertise, which allows them to showcase a skill or craft about which they are passionate.


“Our entire teaching staff is either volunteering their time, or they are library employees,” says Hanneman. “Our volunteers are local business people and community leaders—they want the opportunity to give back, but it will also give them a platform to share their ingenuity, business practices, and ideas with the wider community.”


The How-to Fest takes place at the Redmond Library (827 SW Deschutes Avenue in Redmond, Oregon). Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day. The community is invited to stop by and learn how to:


  • Sell Wares & Crafts Online | 10:00-11:00 a.m. | Reading Room | Kimberly Krueger
  • Learn Lost Skills with 4H | 10:00-11:00 a.m. | Juvenile Graphic Novel Area | 4H Leadership Team
  • Make Father’s Day Cards | 10:00 a.m.-noon | Juvenile Craft Area | Irene Phillips
  • Get Organized | 10:00-11:15 a.m. | Adult Non-Fiction Area | Tammie Barber
  • Fix Your Bike | 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Lawn | Empowering Youth Bike Program
  • Use Worms in Composting | 10:00-11:00 a.m. | East Lawn | Linda Barker
  • Secure Your Router | 10:10-11:15 a.m. | Meeting Room | Elizabeth Oliver
  • Create a Parade Vehicle | 11:00 a.m.-noon | West Lawn | Lee Barker
  • Create a Website with WordPress | 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Reading Room | Michael Davis
  • Use Essential Oils/Como usar los aceites naturales en todos aspectos* | 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. | Juvenile Graphic Novel Area | Gabriela Hernandez (*bilingual presentation/presentación bilingüe)
  • Make Leather Bracelets* | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Adult Non-Fiction Area | Bend’s DIY Cave (*Supplies and space limited; open to first 20 people.)
  • Get Started with Beekeeping | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Meeting Room | Clyde Dildine
  • How to Operate a Trebuchet | noon-1:00 p.m. | East Lawn | Mark Corbet
  • Access Oregon Health Coverage/Como accede el plan de covertura en Oregon para ciudandanos y no-ciudadanos* | 1:00-1:45 p.m. | Adult Non-Fiction Area | Latino Community Association (*bilingual presentation/presentación bilingüe)
  • Garden in the High Desert | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Meeting Room | OSU Master Gardeners
  • Make Seed Bombs | 1:00-3:30 p.m. | Juvenile Craft Area | Gardening Volunteer
  • Reupholster a Dining Chair | 1:00-2:30 p.m. | Reading Room | Dave DeSilva
  • Play Chess | 1:00-5:00 p.m. | Chess Tables | Redmond Chess Club
  • Knit | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Juvenile Graphic Novel Area | Michele DeSilva
  • Grow Veggies in the High Desert | 2:00-3:00 p.m. | Meeting Room | OSU Master Gardeners
  • Start Mountain Biking in Central Oregon | 2:00-2:30 p.m. | Adult Non-Fiction Area | Hutch’s
  • Raise Guinea Pigs | 3:00-4:00 p.m. | Juvenile Graphic Novel Area | Jenny Pedersen
  • Take Great Pictures with Your Phone | 3:00-4:00 p.m. | Reading Room | Darlene Veenhuizen
  • Get on the Ballot | 3:15-3:45 p.m. | Adult Non-Fiction Area | Nancy Blankenship


With the range of sessions available, Hanneman feels confident there’s something for everyone who wants to learn something new. “The maker element in Redmond is growing, both in terms of large industry and backyard hobbies,” she says. “With COCC in town, manufacturing on the rise, and the maker/DIY movement, we felt this was a timely program for Redmond as well as all of Deschutes County.”


For more information about these sessions, please visit the library website or contact Josie Hanneman at (541) 312-1088. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Josie at (541) 312-1088.


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