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Stacy Lienemann, Director, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System | Anissa Sandland, Assistant Lead Librarian, Saint Peter Public Library | Tosha Anderson, Library Associate at St.Peter Public Library and Assistant Director at Henderson Public Library | Anne Lundquist, Assistant Director, Watonwan County Library
How-To Festivals are a great way to bring a community together by showcasing a wide variety of your local community members' skills in one day, offering networking opportunities, and celebrating lifelong learning all in one awesome event. From How to Be a Roller Derby Girl to How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee, these short ½ hour-sessions are a perfect way to invite the community into the library. By holding multiple sessions at once, libraries can offer an all-ages, fresh festival atmosphere in which to learn a variety of skills without a major time commitment. Library staff can also use this event as an opportunity to teach library and literacy skills--making the event valuable as a way to market library services as well. The presenters will cover how-to session ideas, logistical planning, marketing, and community response.