Sewickley library among northern libraries hosting How-to Festival
By Bobby Cherry
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:18 p.m.
From raising chickens to making craft beer, seven community libraries will offer a day of “how-to” programs and activities that allow visitors to try something new.
“It's a day where people can learn how to do almost anything at their local library,” librarian Meghan Snatchko of the Sewickley Public Library said. That library will join those in Avalon, Fox Chapel, McCandless; and Hampton, Shaler and Richland townships for a How-to-Festival on June 22.
At Shaler North Hills Library, a chicken will help a retired librarian show program participants how farm fowl can be raised in suburban environments, said Marie Jackson, adult services director.
The former librarian “was auditioning her chickens to see which one would be a good performer,” Jackson said.
If backyard farm creatures aren't an option, participants at Northland Public Library in McCandless can learn a kinetic meditation method called Zentangle, spokeswoman Donna Rau said.
The abstract drawing technique uses repetitive patterns that can act as a calming mechanism, she said.
The festival is a chance for libraries to strut their stuff, Rau said.
“The library can be a community center as well as a place of books and learning,” she said. “These different programs open up people to the library.”
The event also gives people a chance to explore other communities and libraries, said Jackson, of the Shaler library.
While someone can take out a book on an activity, said Diane Illis, assistant director of Northern Tier Regional Library, some hobbies are better learned through experience such as playing the flute or using sign language, two programs planned at the Richland Township library.
“If you want a book, you go to the library, but that's not always how people learn,” Illis said.
Gone are the days when patrons came to the library exclusively for reading material, Rau said.
“We're bringing people to the library for very unconventional reasons,” she said. “Libraries are an exciting place to be.”
Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Quaker Valley board to begin interviewing superintendent candidates
- Just Write: Take it from me, volunteering benefits reach far, hit home
- Debate over locating Sewickley nonprofit in first-floor space continues