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The San Diego Public Library, in partnership with California Coast Credit Union, proudly presents its 6th How-To Festival on Saturday, May 22nd! 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 and community members. Round up your family and learn something new together.
 
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Art & Crafts

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How-To Color Eggshells
Presenter: Amira El-Khaouli
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to color eggshells with a variety of techniques. There are so many fun ways to recycle and upcycle eggshells: Color! Confetti! Mosaics!

Collage of colorful flowers made out of paper quilling
How-To Do Basic Quilling
Presenter: Christina Wainwright
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to roll and fold strips of paper that you can then use to decorate your own designs.

Colorful glass beeds
How-To Crochet a Beaded Anklet
Presenter: Sharon Stapp Anderson
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to use silver toned metallic thread and 10/0 Czech seed beads to create a great summer anklet.

Black double beaded bracelet with gold and ceramic charms
How-To Braid a Double Wrapped Bracelet
Presenter: Sharon Stapp Anderson
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to use Waxed Linen and Square Czech 8/0 beads to braid a double wrapped bracelet with a button closure.

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How-To Paint Rocks!
Presenter: Bernard Cayetano
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to paint rocks, which is a new trend that cherishes kindness.

Yellow bee made out of polymer clay
How-To Make Cute Charms
Presenter: Craig Wimberly
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  | Watch Video
 
Learn how to craft easy jewelry and cellphone charms out of polymer clay.

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How-To Make a Toy Vehicle with Recycled Materials
Presenter: Darrow Palma
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make a Star War's Sandcrawler vehicle from the Mandalorian series with recycled materials. Super fun to go along with your Star Wars toy figures!

Face made out of various playdough
How-To Create an Ugly out of Homemade Playdough
Presenter: Fran Knori
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make homemade playdough and how to craft an Ugly with it. An ugly is a funny creature made out of a ball of clay, with ears, eyes and hair made from a garlic press.

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How-To Draw Graffiti in 3D
Presenter: James Jepsen
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to draw graffiti on paper three dimensionally, one letter at a time, by example and demonstration.

Drawing of Star War character Grogu
How-To Draw Baby Yoda (Grogu)
Presenter: Janet Yeager
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to draw a cartoon version of this popular character from The Mandalorian through simple, step-by-step instructions. Although this presentation is geared for kids, all ages are welcome to participate!

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How-To Knit a Dishcloth
Presenter: Karen Reilly
Audience: Teen/Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to knit something easy, portable and universally useful - a dishcloth! They also make nice holiday stocking-stuffers.

Image of red beads on a table
How-To Do Wire Looping to Create Beaded Jewelry
Presenter: Kristin Mulvihill
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to loop wire when creating a necklace or earring or pendant. This is a great project for gift giving.

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How-To Create Different Patterns with Tie Dye
Presenter: Laura Dulin
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to tie dye different patterns with a couple of simple techniques.

Bracelet made out of white string and hex nuts
How-To Make a Hex Nut Bracelet
Presenter: Melissa Martin
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to use inexpensive materials and a few simple knots to make a bracelet out of macrame cord and hex nuts.

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How-To Make Paper Beads
Presenter: Michelle Reents
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make paper beads and use them to create a bracelet with a slip knot.

Collage of paper flowers and paper bags using old and recycled magazines
How-To Make Paper Flowers and Paper Bags Using Old and Recycled Magazines
Presenter: Ratna Singh
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how make paper flowers and paper bags using old and recycled magazines. This is a low budget craft which requires only a few supplies such as scissors, glue, magazines and washi tape (optional).

Cat stickers
How-To Make Your Own Stickers
Presenter: Renee Brawley
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to cut out your own stickers using the Silhouette Cameo.

Image of Uncle Sam
How-To Craft a Decorative Uncle Sam
Presenter: Robert Lanuza
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make a decorative Uncle Sam display using four plastic or terra cotta pots and paint. Once you learn how to make this wonderful display, you could easily use the same techniques to create similar seasonal displays.

Library staff demonstrating how to create a snowflake decoration
How-To Make Snowflake Ornaments
Presenter: Siobhan DeBlasio
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to use beads and other crafting materials to design your very own snowflake ornament!

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How-To Make an Origami Lotus Flower
Presenter: Ton Vo Ngo
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make your own simple and beautiful origami lotus flower.

Cooking

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How-To Decorate Easy Floral Cupcakes
Presenter: Christina Wainwright
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to use mini-marshmallows and colored sugar to turn your cupcakes into a bouquet of goodness.

Library staff demonstrating how to make cheese fondue
How-To Make Cheese Fondue
Presenter: Adrianne Peterson
Audience: Teen/Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn the techniques and secrets to making the best traditional cheese fondue.

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How-To Make Halo Halo
Presenter: Azalea Ebbay
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to Halo Halo, a Filipino shaved ice dessert.

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How-To Prepare Ramen Eggs
Presenter: Christina Wainwright
Audience: Teen/Adult  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to prepare a flavorful hard-boiled egg to enjoy in ramen or sandwiches.

Illustration of pineapple, orange and watermelon with pink bubbles
How-To Make Kombucha
Presenter: Darin Williamson
Audience: Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make kombucha at home.

Grilled meat with fork
How-To Grill Larger Cuts of Meat: Tri-Tip
Presenter: Dustin Vogel
Audience: Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to grill a larger cut of meat, like a tri-tip, with the reverse sear method.

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How-To Make Vegan "Tuna" Salad
Presenter: Helene Idels
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make a vegan "Tuna" recipe that provides all the yummy flavor of a tuna salad sandwich without the tuna! A refreshing dish to enjoy during the warm summer months!

Cooking ingredients on table including white onion, garlic and shallots
How-To Make a Tasty "Mixture" to Enhance Many of Your Favorite Dishes
Presenter: Joseph Miesner
Audience: Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to create a base mixture of onions, shallots, and garlic to make otherwise average dishes come alive. Try this mixture, or use it as a starting point to create your own mixture, to easily enhance your cooking.

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How-To Make and Flavor Water Kefir
Presenter: Linda Dami
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make water kefir, how to tell when it's ready, and how-to flavor it when it's done.

Plate with Persian crispy saffron rice
How-To Cook Persian Crispy Saffron Rice
Presenter: Minoo Hadidi
Audience: Teen/Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to cook Crispy Rice, known as TAHDEEG which translates into "Bottom of Pot," using basmati rice and saffron.

Bread on a table
How-To Spread Kindness by Sharing a Simple, Delicious Home Baked Loaf of Bread
Presenter: Sibyl Leon
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to bake an easy, delicious loaf of bread with only 4 basic ingredients, and the importance of "sharing the loaf." If a nine-year old volunteer can do it, so can you!

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How-To Make Pie Crust
Presenter: Suzanne Koski
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how easy it is to make your own pie crust at home!

Bowl of fired rice with pair of chopsticks
How-To Make Fried Rice
Presenter: Titi Nguyen
Audience: Teen/Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make delicious fried rice that's quick and easy.

Education

Image of person reading books to children
How-To Host a Successful Children's Book Discussion
Presenter: Ann Gomez
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn about the best practices for hosting a Children's Book Discussion including scheduling, promoting, selecting titles and snacks, of course!

Pink cherry blossoms with temple in background
How-To Speak Simple Japanese
Presenter: Mikiko Fitzpatrick
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to speak simple Japanese with a native speaker!

A kid in bed reading a book
How-To Make a Clever Tool to Help Young Readers
Presenter: Nancy Yeskett
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make an easy, ingenious tool that is great for taking that next step once your child has started reading simple three letter words.

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How-To Climb Your Family Tree
Presenter: Ramona Konar
Audience: Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to begin the process of finding your roots, starting with the basics about Ancestry.com and including a few true-life adventures.

Instructional

Three person demonstrating how to perform CPR
How-To Provide Compressions-Only CPR
Presenter: Raymon Moreland
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to provide compressions only CPR with the use of an AED.

Image of a house with red paint
How-To Home Exchange - Easy, Inexpensive and Fun! Travel and Trade Your Home or Apartment with Someone Else
Presenter: Brock Fisher
Audience: Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how easy and safe it is to trade homes with another family when you travel in the U.S. or internationally.

Hand holding a silver hair dryer
How-To Do 5 Fun Things with a Hair Dryer
Presenter: Cindy Marshall
Audience: Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions   |  Watch Video
 
Learn 5 fun ways to use your hair dryer that you probably didn't know about.

Image of human silhouette
How-To Find Your Kibbe Body Type
Presenter: Diana Manundo
Audience: Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to find your body type using David Kibbe's body typing system in order to help you choose clothes that works best with the lines of your body type.

Person taking picture of another person with cellphone
How-To Take More Creative Photos on Your Smart Phone
Presenter: Kathy Hargrove
Audience: Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn some simple tips on how to take creative pictures using your smart phone.

Image of dog made out of banana
How-To Make a Banana Dog
Presenter: Marilyn McPhie
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make a talking banana dog with a few simple cuts. You can use it as a puppet, and then eat it. A toy AND a snack!

Hand holding pink slime
How-To Make Slime
Presenter: Mehri Sadri
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make an easy slime solution using a few simple ingredients.

Various color papers spreading out on a surface
How-To Create a Paper Backdrop and Background on a Budget
Presenter: Merrisa Sutton
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to create a cheap, $10-15, backdrop, and then how to craft a paper background to put onto the backdrop!

Image of a birdhouse made out of seeds
How-To Make an Edible Birdhouse
Presenter: Remiliz Angkiangco
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to make an edible birdhouse for your backyard birds to enjoy and snack on throughout the year using simple, easy to find ingredients, plus tips on what you can use to beautify your birdhouse.

Self-Improvement/Wellness

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How-To Meditate for Busy People
Presenter: Jay Evans
Audience: Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to meditate. Meditation can be a path of discovery. It is straightforward and direct, with no frills or gimmicks. It is simple, though not easy. We will be observing the mind and body for 10 minutes. All that is required is a chair or a cushion and, of course, a computer.

Image of many wooden clocks on top of each other
How-To Be or Not to Be on Time
Presenter: Pam Stevens
Audience: Teen/Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions Watch Video
 
Learn how to improve being on-time with advice for the time-challenged!

Silhouette of person performing a yoga pose
How-To Have a Yoga Practice with Your Morning Coffee
Presenter: Rebecca Dennis
Audience: All Ages  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to do yoga with your morning coffee...yoga in the kitchen with no mat, no yoga clothes....super simple yet effective way to start your day!

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How-To Identify the FEAR Behind GRIEF!
Presenter: Shikha Rastogi
Audience: Teen/Adults  |  PDF icon Instructions  |  Watch Video
 
Learn how to identify the FEAR behind GRIEF and techniques to get you through the grieving process.