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2020 How To Festival

The San Diego Public Library, in partnership with California Coast Credit Union, proudly presents its 5th How-To Festival on Saturday, May 30! The How-To Festival is an interactive community educational event with something for everyone and for all ages. This year’s event is presented virtually with a curated collection of how-to videos created by library staff. Round up your family and learn something new together.
 
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Art & Crafts

 

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How-To Create a Cork Planter Refrigerator Magnet
Presenter: Isabel Hess
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 
Learn how to create a cork planter refrigerator magnet that is as environmentally friendly as it is beautiful.

 

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How-To Create an Origami Decorative Box
Presenter: Sarah Bayne
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

This tutorial will show you how to create an origami decorative box.


 

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How-To Create Beautiful Crayon Art
Presenter: Anisi Baigude
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Get your crayons and paper ready for a relaxing drawing experience!


 

Video Title

How-To Do Easy Folded Book Art
Presenter: Ellyn Takahashi
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to fold old books into works of art.


 

Video Title

How-To Draw with Oil Pastels
Presenter: Ton Vo Ngo
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn basic coloring and blending techniques to create beautiful oil pastel art.


 

Video Title

How-To Draw Wonder Woman Funko POP! Style
Presenter: Janet Yeager
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to draw wonder woman in Funko POP! Style.


 

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How-To Fold a Mini Comic Book
Presenter: Rebecca Smith
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to fold a sheet of paper into a miniature comic book.


 

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How-To Fold an Origami Butterfly
Presenter: Laura Yee
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn about the art of paperfolding and follow along to fold a butterfly using only a single sheet of paper.


 

Video Title

How-To Learn Chinese Calligraphy
Presenter: Kristen Mulvihill
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Begin learning Chinese calligraphy with just a felt tip pen or marker and a couple of resources recommended in the handout.


 

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How-To Make a Beautiful Paper Flower Decoration for Any Special Gathering
Presenter: Christine Arreguin
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make tissue paper flowers for any special occasions.


 

Video Title

How-To Make a Collage out of Magazines and Newspapers
Presenter: Fran Knori
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make a collage out of magazines and newspapers.


 

Video Title

How-To Make a DIY T-shirt Tote
Presenter: Helene Idels
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Make a handy tote bag for your knitting or arts & crafts supplies, grocery shopping, library books, and more.


 

Video Title

How-To Make a Candy and Money Lei
Presenter: Elaine Sinsuan
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Create a lei designed with candy and money - makes a great gift for many different occasions.


 

Video Title

How-To Make a Holiday Wreath
Presenter: Robert Lanuza
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to decorate a red, white & blue wreath that will be perfect for your patriotic displays.


 

Video Title

How-To Make a Wonky Knitted Owl
Presenter: Ellyn Takahashi
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to knit a charmingly wonky owl.


 

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How-To Make a Papier Mâché Plague Doctor Mask
Presenter: Lally Adler
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make a papier mache plague doctor mask out of common household materials.


 

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How-To Make a Plumeria Bracelet
Presenter: Judy Cunningham
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Make an elasticized bracelet using plumeria beads.


 

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How-To Make a Simple and Easy Bird on a Branch Craft
Presenter: Peggy Sanchez
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn to make a simple and easy Paper Bird craft to add to your spring décor.


 

Video Title

How-To Make a Wall Hanging from Old DVDs and CDs
Presenter: Ratna Singh
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to recycle your old DVDs and CDs into a fun wall hanging.


 

Video Title

How-To Make a Scandinavian Woven Paper Star Decoration
Presenter: Lydia Bringerud
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make a Scandinavian woven star with paper or card stock.


 

Video Title

How-To Make an Ear Saver for Your Mask
Presenter: Judy Cunningham
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

If your ears are sore from wearing a mask, learn how to make an ear saver using fusible beads.


 

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How-To Make an Easy Paper Flower Craft
Presenter: Amy Rudolph
Audience: Teen | PDF icon Instructions
 

Make an easy paper lavender flower with supplies you have at home.


 

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How-To Make an Origami T-shirt
Presenter: Mario Barahona
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to fold an origami t-shirt.


 

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How-To Make Homemade Slime
Presenter: Remiliz Angkiangco
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make easy homemade slime!


 

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How-To Make Play Dough
Presenter: Cari Edwards
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

How to make the best no-bake play dough recipe ever!


 

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How-To Make Tissue Paper Flowers
Presenter: Mikiko Fitzpatrick
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn to make flowers from tissue paper.


 

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How-To Make Your Own Suncatcher with Old DVDs and CDs
Presenter: Suzanne Koski
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Brighten up your outdoor space and learn how to make a Garden Suncatcher using old CDs!

Cooking

 

Video Title

How-To Carve a Watermelon Shark
Presenter: Remiliz Angkiangco
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 
Learn step-by-step how to make a Watermelon Shark Fruit Bowl!

 

Video Title

How-To Cook and Eat an Artichoke
Presenter: Pamela Stevens
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Get a step-by-step lesson in cooking artichokes and also learn the art of eating an artichoke, which can almost be a meal in itself!


 

Video Title

How-To Cook Omurice
Presenter: Christina Wainwright
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Use common ingredients to cook a Japanese recipe, where fried rice is wrapped in an omelette.


 

Video Title

How-To Grill Properly with a Two-Zone Fire Setup
Presenter: Dustin Vogel
Audience: Adult | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to grill your food perfectly with a two-zone fire setup.


 

Video Title

How-To Make an English Muffin Pizza
Presenter: Colleen LaVoie
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make English muffin pizzas using a toaster oven or a toaster and your oven broiler.


 

Video Title

How-To Make Chia Pudding
Presenter: Cindy Marshall
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make chia pudding and a enjoy a brief history of the chia seed plant.


 

Video Title

How-To Make Dalgona (Whipped) Coffee
Presenter: Danning Mei
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make the internet's new favorite drink! You can make it under 5 minutes using 4 simple ingredients!


 

Video Title

How-To Make Easy Vegan Avocado Salad
Presenter: Diana Manundo
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn a quick and easy way to make a fresh, vegan-friendly dish that's perfect for the summer.


 

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How-To Make Easy Vegan Nice Cream
Presenter: Peggy Goings
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Create your own delicious and nutritious non-dairy frozen treat this summer using simple ingredients from the kitchen.


 

Video Title

How-To Make Filipino Insta Chicken Adobo
Presenter: Rachel Esguerra & Bernard Cayetano
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make chicken adobo in an instant pot, while learning about Filipino Culture!


 

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How-To Make Sourdough Starter
Presenter: Michelle Reents
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make a sourdough starter.


 

Video Title

How-To Make Sushi
Presenter: Cara Brave
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make sushi at home.


 

Video Title

How-To Spend 10 Minutes in a Persian Kitchen
Presenter: Shadi Sarikhani & Minoo Hadidi
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make and a healthy and yummy salad and dip.

Education

 

Video Title

How-To Find Your Roots
Presenter: Ramona Konar
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 
Learn how to start finding your roots using Ancestry.com free at the library and now at home.

 

Video Title

How-To Make Tools for Teaching Basic Math and Reading
Presenter: Nancy Yeskett
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to make tools for teaching basic math and reading.


 

Video Title

How-To Read a Wordless Book
Presenter: Kelly Verheyden
Audience: Adult | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn how to increase your child’s early literacy skills by sharing wordless picture books.

Instructional

 

Video Title

How-To Learn to Juggle
Presenter: Patrick Grattan Jr
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 
How to Juggle using a simple 3 ball pattern.

 

Video Title

How-To Propagate Houseplants
Presenter: Sarah Hendy-Jackson
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

In this video, I'll show you how to propagate philodendrons, Chinese Money Plants, and succulents.


 

Video Title

How-To Sew a Mask
Presenter: Kathryn Johnson
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 

This tutorial demonstrates the making of a face mask that allows for different types of ties and a close fit to the face using a coffee bag wire at the nose. Appropriate for all ages that are comfortable using a sewing machine.

Self-Improvement/Wellness

 

Video Title

How-To Become an American Ninja Warrior
Presenter: Bijan Nowroozian
Audience: All Ages | PDF icon Instructions
 
This tutorial will show you how to properly train and create a submission video to compete on NBC's American Ninja Warrior.

 

Video Title

How-To Glam Up 50+, Pandemic Edition
Presenter: Penny Hazzard
Audience: Adult | PDF icon Instructions
 

Fast and easy 50+ make-up from the mask up!


 

Video Title

How-To Make a Simple Sugar Scrub
Presenter: Alma Reyes
Audience: Teen/Adults | PDF icon Instructions
 

Make a simple sugar scrub with three basic ingredients from your pantry that you can add to your routine of self-care products.


 

Video Title

How-To Run an Ultramarathon
Presenter: Trevor Jones
Audience: Adult | PDF icon Instructions
 

Learn the important steps in preparing to run an ultramarathon.

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