The Hippo


Apr 23, 2019








Filmmaker Lauren Tracy will show attendees how to make a movie as part of the Nashua Public Library’s How-To Festival. Courtesy photo.

How-To Festival

Where: Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua
When: Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Call: 589-4610

Let me show you how it’s done
Experts relay the dos and don’ts of their industries at the How-To Festival


 In the modern world, if you don’t know how to do something, you Google it or find an app for it. But sometimes, that’s not enough.

Presenters from all over the nation will be showing attendees “how it’s done” in a variety of industries at the How-To Festival at the Nashua Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 15.
“Libraries now are not just about coming in and borrowing books,” said Carol Eyman, outreach and community services coordinator at the library. “It’s about lifelong learning for people who may not be in school, but they can still enrich their lives.”
Eyman said she was inspired to bring the festival to Nashua after seeing several libraries around the country hosting similar events. These festivals cover topics like “how to kickstart your creativity,” “how to succeed on eBay,” “how to decide what publishing path suits your book” and more.
“Part of the idea is not to do something passive,” said Eyman. “We tried to include things so people could do something hands-on, a skill they can use so that they can come home with a finished product.”
This is the first year the library has hosted the event. Eyman said they wanted the festival to take place on a slow day to give people a chance to enjoy themselves before the holiday madness starts. However, for those who are chomping at the bit for the holly jolly madness, the festival will be hosting holiday craft and food gift tables for participants to take home as well.
The festival will take place all over the library, with as many as three speakers going on at one time. One of the speakers who has frequented these types of festivals is Patricia Nolan-Brown, an inventor from Wakefield, Mass. Nolan-Brown is no stranger to giving presentations; she is currently on the road promoting her new book Idea to Invention: What You Need to Know to Cash In on Your Inspiration. 
Nolan-Brown, an inventor for 24 years, said she uses these events as a way to promote the DIY attitude. 
“Anybody can be an inventor,” she said. “There’s no special training. The barrier for entry is next to nothing now; you can create things yourself without putting a penny into it. The important part is knowing how to protect your idea so that it isn’t stolen by anyone else.”
Nolan-Brown will be discussing her personal challenges as an aspiring inventor and entrepreneur, relating her experiences and sharing tips for other inventors to help them succeed in their field in the modern world. The inventor said she attends as a demonstrator to provide aspiring inventors a more involved outlet to pursue their dreams.
“As much as I love social media and doing things through that, I put a big value on face-to-face communication,” said Nolan-Brown. “It’s still a human process. I’m not selling some $10,000 program; I just want inventors to know that people can do it, should do it, and here’s how.”
On  the crafty side of things, Nashua native Lisa Allen Lambert will be showing participants how to make fabric flowers using a pre-cut square of fabric, needles and thread, which she is providing for the presentation.
Lambert will be making kanzashi, a traditional Japanese-style craft which she said would be perfect for decorations, pins on jackets, etc. She said her presentation is recommended for people who have had some experience with hand-sewing, but that anybody is welcome to try their hand at it. What’s beneficial about the festival, she said, is that the presenters will be there for immediate assistance, saving participants the stress of simply refreshing an Internet page.
“It gives you the human connection,” she said. “You can ask someone a question and it’s in real time, so you don’t have to wait for someone to email you back. Plus, it’s nice to be with other people. There’s a real sense of community.” 
As seen in the November 13, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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