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Want to ace crossword puzzles? Raise chickens? Make a wedding cake on a budget? Ask for the raise you deserve at work? Want to learn to make sushi? Juggle? Grow hot peppers? Bike cross-country? Use "office yoga" to reduce workday aches-and-pains?
These are just a sample of the more than 50 things people will be able to learn at the Louisville Free Public Library's second annual How-To Festival, Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York Street.
Eighty local presenters turned out last year to create a non-stop lively interactive learning experience at the first How-To Festival.They will cover everything from making great barbeque to magic tricks, from taking better photographs to training your dog.
A few popular presenters will return, but most of this year's How-To Festival is all-new. Dozens of people are ready to share a wide range of skills and passions from cooking to crafts, finance to flower-arranging, and travel to e-publishing.
Local musicians will perform and share how-to experiences - like how they write songs, get over stage fright and get their work heard.
Among them are Brigid Kaelin; Carly Johnson and members of Liberation Prophecy; Steve Cooley of Hog Operation; Robbie Bartlett; Kyle James Hauser; Greg Acker and members of the Sweet Adelines.
Hands-on craft sessions will include jewelry making, weaving, felting, painting silk scarves, cartooning, and creating small tradable works of art.
Dancing sessions will give attendees a chance to learn how to tango, square dance, dance Bollywood-style dance and recreate Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance.
There will be classes about chocolate, cheese, classical music, hiking, golf, biking, sailing, dog and cat training, going back to college as an adult and how to make your home more energy-efficient.
The How-To Festival is part of the Library's ongoing mission of lifelong learning.
The Library's Tech Connects Team will conduct a series of sessions on how to use current technology and online resources, including how to borrow eBooks and eMagazines from the Library and how to access the Library's new online Public Music Library.
Workshops and sessions are located in more than 20 different areas throughout the Main Library and outside on the grounds plus Food trucks are available.
Click herefor a list and schedule of How-To Festival sessions.