There's Something for Everyone at Redmond Library's How-to Fest

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  5/9/2018

How-to Fest: June 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Redmond Library


Compulsive crafters, life-long learners and dedicated DIY-ers will want to put June 9 on their calendars: it’s the day that the Redmond Library hosts the second annual How-to Fest. This day-long, hands-on event drew crowds and interest when it launched in 2017, and now it’s back with an all-new slate of things to learn and do.


“The How-to Fest is a fun and casual way for people to try their hand at skills and crafts that they’re interested in,” says Josie Hanneman, the Community Librarian who organizes the annual event. “Everything is free, and just about everything is supplied, so people have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Where else can you learn to learn to build a cold frame, fly a drone and make a necklace all in one place—and in one day?”


The How-to Fest is open to people of all ages, and every one of the 25 learning sessions is free with no preregistration required; some sessions will have sign-ups on the day of the event due to limited space and supplies. All of the sessions are led by local experts volunteering their time to share their knowledge and expertise with the community.


“At Deschutes Public Library we enrich lives and build community by being creative, innovative and flexible,” says Hanneman. “The library’s How-to Fest embodies these goals by providing diverse learning opportunities in a fun setting. We have sessions for all ages: crafts, presentations, and skills for children, teens, and adults. We are also able to draw on our fabulous community of volunteer presenters who just want to share their passions and knowhow with a larger audience.”


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:


  • Make a Tile Mosaic  | 10:00-11:30 a.m. | Meeting Room | Jesica Carleton
  • Be a Well-mannered Diner | 10:00-11:00 a.m. | Reading Room | Sam DeLuca
  • Make Nutritious Family Snacks | 10:00 a.m.-noon | Juvenile Reading Area | Kaitlin Greene
  • Make a Simple Frame for Father’s Day* | 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Juvenile Craft Area | Various Volunteers
  • Make a Simple Pinwheel* | 10:00 a.m.-noon | Juvenile Craft Area | Various Volunteers
  • Spin and Weave* | 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Adult Nonfiction Area | Central Oregon Spinners & Weavers Guild
  • Explore Virtual & Augmented Realities | 10:00 a.m.-noon | Adult Fiction Area | Jenny Pedersen
  • Build a Cold Frame | 10:00-11:00 a.m. | East Lawn | Fred Olson
  • Do Basic Bike Repairs | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | North Lawn | Empowering Youth Bicycle Program
  • Fly a Drone | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  West Lawn | Chuck Allen
  • Prevent Food Waste* | 11:00 a.m.-noon | Spanish Language Area | The Environmental Center
  • Identify Wild Plants | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Reading Room | Deschutes Land Trust
  • Get Started Glass Blowing | noon-1:00 p.m. | East Lawn | Amber Gitnes
  • Understand Your Dog | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | West Lawn | Fred Olson (Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome)
  • Use a Pressure Canner | noon-1:00 p.m. | Meeting Room | OSU Master Preservers
  • Use Twitter | 12:30-1:00 p.m. | Reading Room | Paige Bentley-Flannery
  • Use Your Binoculars | 12:30-1:00 p.m. | Juvenile Reading Area & Outside | Deschutes Land Trust (bring binoculars)
  • Make a Simple Butterfly Feeder* | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Juvenile Craft Area | Various Volunteers
  • Raise Backyard Chickens | 1:15-2:15 p.m. | Reading Room | Adrienne Smith
  • Hand-stitch a Pouch | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Meeting Room | Sara Q. Thompson
  • Make an Adjustable Necklace | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Juvenile Reading Area | Chandra vanEijnsbergen
  • Play Chess* | 2:00-5:00 p.m. | Adult Fiction Area | Redmond Chess Club
  • Make a Leather Bracelet | 2:30-4:00 p.m. | Meeting Room | DIY Cave
  • Sell Wares & Crafts Online | 2:45-3:30 p.m. | Juvenile Reading Area | Kimberly Krueger
  • Practice Everyday Mindfulness | 3:00-4:00 p.m. | Meeting Room & Outside | Tanya Beard

(* = these presentations run on a drop-in basis)


“We’re super excited to offer this all-day learning extravaganza for a second time,” says Hanneman. “Lifelong learning is important to me both personally and professionally. If you missed out on 4H when you were a kid, or wish you had a home-economics class as a teen, the How-to Fest can help fill that craving. If you want to keep your mind young by picking up a new skill or hobby, we can help you out, there, too. If you want access to tools and toys you can’t readily get your hands on, join us!”


For more information about these sessions, please visit the library website at 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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