Learn to make free libraries, pancakes, and Spam musubi at How-to Festival in Pacific Beach
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Little Free Libraries have sprouted up all over the beach communities. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Little Free Libraries have sprouted up all over the beach communities. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Those looking to do creative things, like fashioning their own Little Free Library, should attend the How-To Festival from 11 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26 at Pacific Beach Library, 4275 Cass St.

Scheduled talks will be given by speakers including Kathy Hargove, of Pacific Beach, who, from 1 to 1:20 p.m., will be covering the dos and don’ts of starting a free neighborhood library.

Christina Wainwright, PB library branch manager, talked about the How-To Festival, now in its third year.

“The idea is that it is entirely community-based,” Wainwright said. “We’re actually having 14 of these how-to workshops in libraries across the city.” She said each library workshop will be unique as “all of the communities have different interests and passions.”

Wainwright said the May 26 event will feature locals like Hargrove passing along their knowledge on everything from creating little libraries to making pancakes and chili.

The head librarian said the How-To Festival “really shows what our community members care about and what they love. It’s a nice way to share what we love with each other.”

Hargrove, who previously worked with Neighborhood House furnishing books to impoverished children, started her own little library this year. She wanted to share that experience.

“I’ve always been interested in helping children read,” Hargrove said. “I’d seen these little free libraries all over town.”

Added Hargrove: “The nicest thing about these little libraries is you get to know your neighborhood, and it’s community involvement. They take a book. They share a book. So it’s give and take.”

For more information, visit littlefreelibarary.org.

How-to Festival

Where: Pacific Beach Library,

4275 Cass St.

Info: 11 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

Community Room Stage

11 a.m. How To Make Perfect Pancakes from Scratch (Robert Lanuza);

Noon How To Wear Kimono (Kazumi Duran);

1 p.m. How to Complete an Advance Health Care Directive (Barbara Bailey);

2 p.m. How to Make the Best Chili Ever.


Cass Plaza Stage

11 a.m. How to Make Flowers Look Good Enough to Eat! (Mary Bloom);

Noon How to Make Spam Musubi (Christina Wainwright);

1 p.m. How to Start a Little Free Library (Kathy Hargrove);

1:30 p.m. How to Catch, Clean, Prepare and Eat Saltwater Fish (David McLaughlin).

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