How-to Fest FAQs

How-To Fest FAQ

What is this thing?

On Sunday, September 8th, the library will become a GIANT classroom! We’ve invited practitioners, hobbyists, experts and volunteers to share their passions and give our community members a chance to learn how to do something new. During the day we’ll have multiple¬†How To sessions running in 30-minute to 1-hour increments all day long. Many will run simultaneously, so you’ll want to be strategic. You’ll leave sessions with a basic understanding of a subject and a good taste of how to do something. We’ll also have Billu’s Indian Grill Food Truck, a mobile sauna and a few fun vehicles for the kiddos to explore (Noon-4).

Our thinking behind the event was spurred by an initiative called Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced as a way to encourage people to think about libraries in a different way, one that defines libraries as active, engaged community organizations and dispels the myth that we are mere book warehouses. We’re excited ourselves to approach our own role in the community in new and unexpected ways so stick around to see what we’re up to!

Do I have to register?

Nope! Just show up! You can come at any point during the day and hop into (or out of!) any sessions at will. Billu’s Food Truck will be here at noon if you want to arrive early for a little smackerel of something. As well as some fun emergency vehicles for a mini Touch-a-Truck in the Borough Parking Lot.

Is there stuff for my kids?

We have plenty for everyone! As mentioned above, in the Borough Parking Lot, we’ll have a few fun vehicles for the kiddos to explore! We’ll have some sessions for elementary-age and up like How to Tell a Good Ghost Story, Zumba, Origami and Fishtail Braiding!

Should we plan to stay all day?

You can come just for the sessions you’re interested in or you can certainly stay all day and attend something every 30-minutes!

Do we need to bring anything?

We’ll provide everything you need to fully participate and learn in all of the sessions we’re offering. However, we will have a mobile sauna and if you’d like to experience it, you’ll want to bring a bathing suit or shorts and a towel.

Where can we park?

Please park in the library lots (front and back) and if you can’t find a spot, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church across the way has generously allowed us to use their lot. We are using the Borough lot next door for our food truck, mobile sauna and the Touch-a-Trucks.

What does it cost?

The sessions are ALL free. But you will need to pay for any food you order from Billu’s Indian Grill Truck.

We can’t make it, will there be another one?

This is an annual Cooper-Siegel Community Library event, so yes! Next September we’ll be doing our 4th How To Fest!

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