How do I learn a new language? How do I organize my personal finances? How do I make a delicious meal for my family?

You might come to the library and check out a book to find the answers to these questions. You might also take advantage of one of our online learning resources like Transparent Language Online or a digital issue of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine. However, in two weeks, you might take the opportunity to learn about these issues and more in person from a local expert.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Delaware County District Library will host our first-ever “How-To Festival” at the Orange and Ostrander branch libraries. It’s never too late to learn a new skill, and DCDL is spending a whole day devoted to trying something new.

Nearly two dozen “how-to” sessions will take place at both library locations throughout the day for curious minds of all ages. Sessions will last anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes, and individuals are welcome to attend as few or as many as they’d like. It’s fun for the whole family with mini-programs like “How to Practice Yoga” for kids, “How to Write a Short Story” for teens, and “How to Make Your Own BBQ Sauce” for adults.

See the full list of “how-to” sessions at www.delawarelibrary.org/howto or stop by the Orange or Ostrander branch and pick up your “How-To Festival” brochure with all the details. Listed below are a few highlights of the day, along with what time, when and where they take place.

• How to be a Prince, Princess or Knight. 12 – 12:45 at the Orange Branch Library. Discover how to be a brave knight and kind prince or princess in this fun class. Children will move, dance and craft as they prepare to seek a dragon and go to a ball.

• How to Make a Fall Wreath. 11 – 11:45 at the Ostrander Branch Library. Children of all ages will craft a fall wreath to decorate their home using paper leaves.

• How to Eat Hot Food and Survive. 2 – 2:45 at the Ostrander Branch Library. Expert hot food eater, Mandy Henning, will challenge teens to try a variety of spicy foods and learn tips to avoid the burn!

• How to Play Dungeons and Dragons. 12 – 12:45 at the Orange Branch Library. Have you seen “Stranger Things” and are interested in learning more about Dungeons & Dragons? Instructor Brian Fox will teach teens the basics of how to play D&D and share some of the exciting history and philosophy behind this classic game.

• How to Understand Your DNA Test Results 101. 11 – 11:45 at the Ostrander Branch Library. Just received your DNA test result and haven’t a clue? Join us for a beginner level explanation of what it all means.

• How to Train Your Dog. 1:10 – 1:35 at the Orange Branch Library. Join local dog trainer Katie Wedgeworth (and her pup!) from Katie’s Canine Connection for a basic introduction to dog training and the canine mind.


By Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected]. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!

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