The Hippo


May 28, 2020








Participants in Nashua Community Music School’s “How to bang a bucket” session at a previous How-To Festival at the Nashua Public Library.

Presentations and demonstrations

How money works
Keep your home safe
Protect yourself from identity theft
Make natural cleaning products & body scrubs
Grow daylilies
Irish step dance
French braid
Make bookmark monsters
Make balloon creations
Make paper airplanes
Make friendship bracelets
Make homemade hummus
Sharpie tie dyeing
Paper and pencil games
Find your ancestors
Get a library card
Download free E-books & audiobooks from the library website
Use the library’s online catalogue
Read auto repair manuals on the library website
Read popular magazines on your tablet
Get free or discounted passes to museums and attractions
Find newspaper, magazine and encyclopedia articles from home
Access free test prep and academic skills reviews from home
Learn new craft and hobby skills with instruction videos, patterns and more
Make paracord crafts
Play canasta
Play cribbage
Beaded jewelry
Spin wool
Stamping and scrapbooking
Make paper and fimo beads
Loom knit crochet
Make a quilt
Play guitar with three chords
Body percussion
Bang a bucket
Beaded embroidery
Learn a language from home
Prevent lyme disease & practice tick safety
How-To Festival
Where: Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson
When: Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a free jazz concert at 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Learn how to...
Grow flowers, play guitar and more at How-To Fest

By Angie Sykeny

 Have you ever wondered how to spin wool, find your ancestors or make a paper airplane? You can learn these and nearly 40 other skills at the Rodgers Memorial Library’s How-To Festival, happening Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The How-To Fest is a fun, free way to learn and try new things, some that are useful and some that are just plain fun,” Amy Friedman, adult services supervisor, said. “We have featured speakers throughout the day [speaking] on different things, from identity theft and keeping your home safe to kid-friendly activities like making bookmarks and French-braiding hair.”
The presentations and demonstrations will take place throughout the library, some at set times, and others repeating all day. The presenters are local businesses. Citizens Bank, for example, will talk about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Granite State Indoor Range and Gun Shop will discuss how to keep your home safe. There will also be presentations from hobby groups that meet at the library, such as the beading, stitching and genealogy clubs, and from the library staff, who will talk about how to make the most of the library’s resources.
Friedman anticipates some of the most popular presentations will be wool spinning with Borderline Spinners, playing guitar, which will show how you can play hundreds of songs by learning just three chords, and raising daylilies with Harmon Hill Farm.
The idea for a how-to festival, she said, came from the Portsmouth and Nashua libraries, and many libraries do a similar program. She hopes to make it an annual event and is already looking for new presenters for next year.
“A library’s goal is to teach people and be a center for information and learning,” Friedman said, “so this type of thing is a great library event and really fits in with the library’s purpose as a place for the community to learn and have new experiences.”
The fest doubles as the library’s six-year anniversary celebration. Also happening that day will be judging for the second annual cupcake baking contest, with the cupcakes distributed to fest-goers, and a free outdoor jazz concert at 3 p.m. with Alvirne alum Eric Dupont and his ensemble. 
As seen in the June 4, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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