NOPL’s First Ever How-To Festival


How To Festival June 26th

This June, we will be hosting a How-To Festival as part of a collaboration with Liverpool and Baldwinsville libraries! The Festival will be held Thursday, June 26, from 3-7 PM at our North Syracuse location at 100 Trolley Barn Lane.

The idea behind a How-To Festival is a big event with an open, fair-like setting where attendees can have fun learning new skills for free. We plan to set up a large number of stations with presenters demonstrating a skill to anyone who walks up.

We are looking for representatives from local businesses, volunteers from the community, from among our patrons and Library Friends, from our talented staff (or their friends and relatives).  Please help us make this first ever event a big success!

You don’t need to be an expert or a professional – just interested in having fun teaching others the basics of an activity that you enjoy. This can be something informational, but bonus points for an interactive activity that festival-goers can do hands-on!

The festival will be held in four, one-hour time slots, so each presenter will staff a station for one hour, giving demonstrations or presentations.  The length of each demonstration will depend on the activity, but might be 5, 10, or 15 minutes long.  It should be something that can be demonstrated simply and clearly, repeating as new attendees come along.

SOME EXAMPLES: How To Knit a Stitch — Download an eBook — Decorate a Cupcake —  Play the Drum — Paint Faces — Juggle.  Or make your own suggestions!
For inspiration, click here for a real-life list from the How-To Fair at the Burbank Library. It includes informational, instructive, and hands-on activities.

To register as a presenter: Fill out and submit the below form. Please share the link with family, friends, or anyone who might be interested!

NOPL How-To Festival Presenter Registration Form