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How-To Festival


Fri, May 3rd
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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543-7675 ext. 2556


Mt. Washington Branch
214 N. Bardstown Road
Mt. Washington, KY 40047 United States

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Want to learn how to buy a house? Decorate a cookie? Make a wizard wand?

Join us for our first ever How-To Festival, where you can explore a wide variety of demonstrations to discover just how many things you can learn to do in only a few hours. From basic car maintenance to braiding hair and making your own lightsaber, we’ve got something for everyone.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Schedule:

All sessions will be 30 minutes long unless otherwise noted.

All Day! (11:00 AM–3:00 PM)

  • How to Stay Safe from Electricity | Billy & Tim, Salt River Electric Company
  • How to Ride Your Bike Safely | Norton Children’s Bike Safety Rodeo

11:00–11:30 AM

  • How to Decorate a Cookie | Sherri Brown, Sherry’s Designer Cookies
  • How to Help the Local Bee Population—And Yourself! | Travis Kelley, Bee Is for Bullitt County
  • How to Use BeanstackTrish Patton, BCPL Reference Clerk
  • How to Write a Ukelele Song | Faith Smith, Music Enthusiast & Student  
  • How to Register Your Business | Toni Sears, Kentucky Small Business Development Center   
  • How to Properly Fold an American Flag | Boy Scouts Troop 333

11:30 AM–12:00/12:30 PM

  • How to Make Science Cool with Dry Ice | Brandon Edmonson; Science Teacher, Chess Coach & Tae Kown Do Black Belt
  • How to Safely Dispose of Chemicals | Carl Carter, Midwest Environmental Services
  • How to Make Your Own Board Game | Tiffany Covington; Scholar Factory, LLC
  • How to Write Your Story (1 hour)| Stephanie Feger & Pam LaFollette; Local Authors
  • How to Tie a Tie + How to Mix and Match Clothing for a New Look | Debbie Miller, Country Vogue
  • How to Do Basic Car Maintenance | Timothy York, Ken Towery Tire and Auto Care

12:00–12:30 PM

  • How to Make Galaxy Slime | Angel Holbert, BCPL Children’s Programmer
  • How to Craft a Kid-Friendly Cocktail | LaDonna Thompson, BCPL Homebound Services Librarian
  • How to Create Origami Flowers | Patrick Yaeger, BCPL Outreach and Programs Coordinator
  • How to Fashion Your Own Derby Fascinator | Gayle Ryan, BCPL Teen & Adults Progammer

12:30–1:00 PM

  • How to Make a Wizard Wand | Brandy Tyler, BCPL Children’s Programmer
  • How to Make a Lightsaber from a Pool Noodle | Angel Holbert, BCPL Children’s Programmer
  • How to Sell on Poshmark | Trish Patton, BCPL Reference Clerk
  • How to Play the Ukelele | Faith Smith, Music Enthusiast & Student
  • How to Make a Galaxy in a Jar | Alexis Nalley, BCPL Teen Programmer

1:00–1:30/1:45 PM

  • How to Get Started with Chair Yoga | Stephanie Jackson, Southern Charm Yoga
  • How to Buy a House from Start to Finish (45 minutes) | Dawn Lawrence, Keller Williams Realty
  • How to Hand Knit (No Needles Required!) | Trish Patton, BCPL Reference Clerk
  • How to Perform Basic Self-Defense Techniques | Brandon Edmonson; Science Teacher, Chess Coach & Tae Kown Do Black Belt
  • How to Braid Hair in (at Least!) Three Different Ways (45 minutes) | Maryanne, Salt Salon & Spa Stylist

1:30–2:00 PM

  • How to Explore the Universe in Virtual Reality | Patrick Yaeger, BCPL Outreach and Programs Coordinator
  • How to Make Ice Cream with Liquid Nitrogen | Alison Nye, The Arctic Scoop
    Psst… Samples will be available after the session until 2:30 PM!!!!
  • How to Live a Life in Perspective | Stephanie Feger & Pam LaFollette; Local Authors

2:00–2:30/2:45 PM

  • How to Design Personalized T-shirts with Cricut | Tara Fenwick, Local Hobbyist
  • How to Find Inspiration for Your Book (and More Writing Tips and Tricks!) | Leah Pugh, Local Author
  • How to Get the Inside Track on the Derby Horses (45 minutes) | Ronnie Dreistadt, Kentucky Derby Museum
  • How to Dance an Irish Jig | Louisville Irish Dancers

2:30–3:00 PM

  • How to Stretch Pizza Dough | Katie Nalley, Domino’s Pizza
  • How to Turn a Rock into Something Beautiful | Terry Drury, Kentucky State Fair–Winning Local Hobbyist
  • How to Use a Camera in Manual Mode | Melanie Hales, Melanie Hales Photography Studio, LLC
  • How to Conduct an Interview | The Pioneer News


For all ages. Just drop in!
Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? E-mail angel@bcplib.org.