Leominster Hosting ‘How-To Festival’
LEOMINSTER -- This year, the Leominster Public Library is highlighting the role of the library as a learning institution by encouraging the community to attend classes, gain credits, and -- finally -- graduate.
The credits aren’t real, but the learning is.
The library is calling this year of learning opportunities Leominster Library University.
Kicking off the library’s year of programming designed to inspire, inform and connect is a “How-To Festival”, showcasing skilled community members who are makers and do-ers.
Visit the library from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at 30 West St., to learn 25 things in five hours: everything from origami to basic bicycle repair to building Windsor chairs, and so much more!
The morning session will feature “how-to” stations throughout the library, with two keynote speakers scheduled for the afternoon session.
All ages are welcome; there is something for everyone, including “how-to” stations and keynote speakers in the Children’s Room just for the youngest makers and do-ers.
The first keynote session, from 1 until 2:30 p.m., features an introduction to Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese movement art whose origins are found in ancient Taoist philosophy.
Often seen as part moving meditation, part exercise, part martial art, and wholly a longevity practice, Tai Chi draws people of varied interests.
The library is excited to welcome instructor Jeff Coté, who will bring to light some of the background and history of this ancient art, share anecdotes and stories of his own journey with Tai Chi, and teach a simple, short sequence of basic movements to the audience.
The second keynote session, from 3 until 4:30 p.m., is “Playing with Pollinators,” featuring botanist Claire Hopkins.
From bees to lemurs, pollinators are an important part of our ecosystems. Participants will learn about the basics of pollination, the life cycle of the honeybee, get to look at bee specimens, and learn how they can help pollinators in their community. The program has a focus on the interaction of plants and animals, and features examples of live pollinator-friendly plants and a solitary bee house.
The “How-To Festival” is sponsored by the Friends of the Leominster Public Library. For more information, please call 978-534-7522.