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Residents can learn ‘How-To’ at Cooper-Siegel library in Fox Chapel

Lower Valley residents can learn how to fence, brew beer and fly a drone, among other skills, this weekend at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel.

The site will host its second annual “How-to Festival” from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The library will transform into a giant classroom where volunteers introduce visitors to a new skill in 30-minute sessions. There will be lessons on how to raise chickens and prune a garden for fall, and how to keep orchids alive and adopt a Greyhound, among many other topics.

There are 21 sessions total to choose from.

The complete class listing is available at coopersiegelcommunitylibrary.org/how-to-fest-2018/.

“The thinking behind the event was spurred by an initiative called Outside the Lines, which is a way to encourage people to think about libraries in a different way,” Executive Director Jill McConnell said.

“It is one that defines libraries as active, engaged community organizations and dispels the myth that we are mere book warehouses.”

Additions to this year’s festival include the Steer N Wheel food truck, Bruster’s ice cream cart and Venture Outdoors’ traveling rock climbing wall, which will be available from noon to 5 p.m. in the adjacent Fox Chapel borough parking lot.

All of the sessions, including the rock climbing wall, are free. No registration is necessary.

“We’ve added more for children, and we hope that families will plan to come and spend the day,” McConnell said.

The festival is sponsored by Curbside Coffeehouse and Julie Rost, Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.


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