Learn how to make Mayan Cafe lima beans, decorate cupcakes and lots more at How-To Festival

I love learning, so imagine my delight when I read the line-up of classes available at the Louisville Free Public Library‘s How-To Festival this weekend.

The festival is made up of dozens of free classes that cover an impressive array of topics. This is the second year of the festival. The daylong event takes place Saturday, May 11, at the Main Branch of the library on York Street in Louisville.

Some of the topics that guest teachers will cover include how to make rockets, groom your pet, build a terrarium, take a conflict to small claims court, and much more. There are also a plentiful selection of food-related courses.

Here are some of the food-friendly classes I scoped out on the library’s website. Download a full schedule of classes here.

  • How to set a table — and encourage good manners and great conversation (I’ll need a bigger table first)
  • How to decorate mini-cupcakes — a series of quick lessons (Yumzies!)
  • How to make delicious no-knead bread (You had me at “no-knead”)
  • How to preserve food by canning — transforming seasonal fruits and vegetables to year-round staples, from jams to tomato sauce (One of my homemaker fantasies)
  • How to make the lima beans that make Mayan Café famous (This class might fill up fast. Those beans are famous.)
  • How to choose, sample and serve terrific cheeses (Does wine come with that class?)
  • How to make spectacular salads — three recipes with varied ingredients, techniques and dressings (Oooh, this will probably be more than just ranch and cheese.)

Join me at the library’s first Your Social [Media] Life discussion Wednesday, 2.1.12

Let’s give two snaps to the Louisville Free Public Library for embracing technology and teaching the people of Jefferson County some new skills.

First, there was the technology boot camp. Then, the library began offering e-books for readers to check out (my mom, a new Kindle Fire owner and library patron, is thrilled). Now, the library will host a monthly forum and discussion called Your Social [Media] Life for social media fans and professionals to talk about the topic.

I’m happy to be a part of the first Your Social [Media] Life discussion which takes place at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 1, at the library’s main branch downtown. Other folks on the panel are:

We are going to discuss our personal social media policies, so this will be interesting. The event is free, so come on down after work with some questions. We’d love to see you there.

Your Social [Media] Life

6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1

Louisville Free Public Library, Main branch, 301 York St., Louisville, Ky.

Talk techie to me tomorrow at the Louisville Free Public Library’s Technology Boot Camp launch


I’ve loved the Louisville Free Public Library since my mom took me to the Shively branch every week as a kid. Checking out books gave me my first taste of responsibility (I was deathly afraid of losing one of the Sweet Valley High editions) and fostered a love of reading.

I have the opportunity to give back to our city’s library system at the launch of the Technology Boot Camp tomorrow at the main library location on York Street.

The Technology Boot Camp is a free six-week program designed to help people discover and strengthen their online skills. Here’s a blurb from the library:

Technology Boot Camp is a self-guided program. Participants access the Technology Boot Camp website from a computer with Internet connection at home, work, or any Library location. Each week the website will feature a different topic: blogging, cloud computing, social media, photo sharing, and more. Easy-to-understand explanations build knowledge and fun hands-on exercises apply new skills. A series of classes at library branches will offer extra help, if needed.

At the Technology Boot Camp launch, I will be among fellow local bloggers discussing why we blog and how others can join in on the fun. I speak at 10:30 a.m., so bring your coffee and join me. You will also have a chance to play with some gadgets and register for the boot camp. Fun Saturday ahead? I believe so.

Technology Boot Camp launch, presented by the Louisville Free Public Library

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 8

Main Library Branch, 301 York Street, Louisville, Ky.