Volusia County How To Festival

Saturday, May 14 from 11 AM – 3 PM throughout Volusia County Public Libraries

Local experts, hobbyists and professionals will share their passions and offer instructions during 100 free programs at six branches of the Volusia County Public Library system from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

Attendees can learn everything from how to create a gravity cake to how to draw a comic strip during the How-to Festival, an interactive community education event.

Reservations are not required for these free programs unless otherwise indicated. Learn more about the festival at https://volusialibrary.org.

Daytona Beach Regional Library

105 Jackie Robinson Parkway, Daytona Beach


  • Basic dance: 11 a.m. Want to impress your family and friends with some new dance moves? Dance your way into this how-to workshop on basic dance moves from professionally trained ballroom and Latin dance coach Quanita May. 
  • Bicycle maintenance and living a bicycle-based life: 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Dr. Jason Aufdenberg, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor and bicycle enthusiast, will demonstrate basic bicycle maintenance and talk about living a bicycle-based life. Participants can get dirty with hands-on practice.
  • Drawing for fun: 11 a.m. Children and teens ages 5 to 12 can learn how to draw simple figures such as people, nature and everyday objects using nothing but a pencil and paper. 
  • Hurricane preparedness with Spectrum News 13: 11 a.m. Join meteorologist Maureen McCann as she discusses basic severe weather preparedness including hurricanes. Seating is limited.
  • Patriotic wreath DIY: 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Discover how to make a simple wreath with just plastic tablecloths and a wreath frame.
  • Caring for your pet: 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Join Halifax Humane Society representatives and their ambassador dogs as they discuss the feeding, bathing and medical care that comes along with being a responsible pet owner.
  • Grocery shopping on a budget: 11:45 a.m. Learn to maximize your budget and shop smart with CHEK Lifestyle Coach III Quanita May.
  • How to read a book with your child: 11:45 a.m. Connect with your child through the journey of reading picture books. Learn tips and tricks from Children’s Librarian Ms. Rachel.
  • Basic hand sewing: 11:45 a.m. Hand sewing is a great skill that can help you create or repair clothes, toys and quilts. Explore how to mend a tear and sew a button. 
  • Microsoft Word Online: 11:45 a.m. Learn how to get and create documents with this free version of Word. 
  • Composting basics 101:12:30 p.m. Ever wonder if composting is right for you and your home? A representative from Big Value Garden Center will discuss composting and answer questions.  
  • Window bird feeder craft: 12:30 p.m. Get crafty with the children’s staff as they demo how to make a fun window bird feeder with the kids. All craft kits were donated by Home Depot. Kits will be provided while supplies last.
  • Learn to face paint: 12:30 p.m. Pick up some basic face painting techniques.
  • Brew the perfect cup of tea: 12:30 p.m. Staff will demonstrate how to make the perfect brew.  
  • Library electronic resources: 12:45 p.m. Library staff will demonstrate the use of electronic databases and streaming services offered by the Volusia County Public Library. 
  • Healthy nutrition and planning: 1:15 p.m. Finding the right nutrition plan can be confusing because there’s always a new trendy diet plan around the corner. A registered dietitian will explain how you can find a plan that works for you. 
  • Relaxation and mindfulness: 1:15 p.m. Need to unwind from a busy day? Learn breathing exercises for relaxation through some simple how-to steps. Seating is limited.
  • Google Apps: 2 p.m. Library staff will discuss this web-based tool, which includes Google docs, drive, images, translate and more. Seating is limited.
  • Upcycled K-cup seed starters: 2 p.m. Want to start your own garden from seeds? Discover how easy it is to grow your garden by upcycling used K-cups.

DeLand Regional Library

130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand

  • Gardening with native plants: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Florida Native Plant Society will help you find the right plants to get your garden started.
  • Graphic design: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Curious Pangolin will explain the process for a graphic design project, starting with topic research and moving on to thumbnails, sketches, outlines, rough drafts and the final product. 
  • Become a ghost hunter: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out professional ghost hunting equipment and conduct an investigation with American Ghost Adventures. 
  • Be fearless of Florida snakes: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Leave your fears behind and stay safe while enjoying the Florida outdoors. Staff from Lyonia Environmental Center will present this program.
  • Write poetry: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Creative Happiness Institute will help you discover the healing power of writing. 
  • Explore the outdoors: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Sierra Club will inspire you to enjoy and protect the wild places where you live. 
  • Roller derby: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet the awesome athletes of the Thunder City Derby Sirens and learn about this exciting sport. 
  • Attract butterflies to your yard: 11a.m. to 3 p.m. The DeLand Garden Club will help you plan your garden to create a certified monarch butterfly sanctuary. 
  • Investigate UFO sightings: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the scientific study of the UFO phenomenon from the Mutual UFO Network. 
  • Make a family tree: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discover your family’s history with the Roots and Branches Genealogy Society
  • Create marble paper: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Library staff will demonstrate paper marbling. Participants can take home a kit to create beautiful decorative paper. 
  • Prepare for and mitigate a disaster:11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hurricane season starts June 1. A staff member from Volusia County Emergency Management will share tips to get ready.
  • Recipes and Reads: Family culinary labs: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Taste what library staff makes during this interactive family oriented program. 
  • S.T.R.E.A.M.: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children and teens are invited to learn and be creative with a variety of activities. 
  • Creative Happiness Institute: 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dr. David B. Axelrod will present Interactive writing exercises.
  • Make your yard earth friendly: Noon and 2 p.m. The Florida Native Plant Society will host several presentations.

Deltona Regional Library

2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona

  • How to manage your diabetes: 10 a.m. Do you want to learn more about managing your diabetes? Halifax Health will provide information.
  • How to take care of your Florida garden:10 a.m. Members of the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program, a citizen-driven program that provides horticultural education, will share the ins and outs of gardening in the Sunshine State.
  • Pruning hands on: 11 a.m. This horticultural education program will be provided by the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
  • How to create a healthy plate:1 p.m. Jill Taufer from the Florida Department of Health will show you how to create healthy, delicious meals.
  • Pet CPR: 1 p.m. Pine Ridge Pet Clinic will show you how to help save your pet’s life with pet CPR.
  • How to sit and be fit: 2 p.m. Enjoy being guided through a series of relaxing movements using the flow of breath while seated in a chair. Bring water and dress comfortably.
  • How to draw a comic strip: 2 p.m. Learn the art of creating a comic strip. Supplies will be provided.
  • How to buy a house: 3:30 p.m. Buying a house can be stressful. Learn about the first steps in buying a house in Volusia County.

New Smyrna Beach Regional Library

1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach


  • Help Me Grow Florida: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help me Grow Florida ensures that children have the best possible start in life by providing free developmental and behavioral screenings and connecting them to the resources they need to succeed. 
  • Start a legal living will: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how to discuss and document care and comfort choices. Representatives from Halifax Health Continuing Care will provide information and answer questions about Five Wishes, an easy-to-use advance directive. 
  • Adopt a pet and be a responsible owner: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how to adopt a pet and be a responsible pet owner. Representatives from Southeast Volusia Humane Society will offer pet care tips and guide individuals and families through the pet adoption process. 
  • Make a paper spinner: 11 a.m. Make a fidget toy using paper and string.
  • Healthy snacks for kids:11 a.m. Dietitian Stacey Scrabis will describe healthy snack alternatives for kids. Registration is required; call 386-424-2910.
  • How to play the dulcimer:11 a.mLearn how to play this string folk instrument with members of the New Smyrna Beach Dulcimer Society. Registration is required; call 386-424-2910.
  • Kids yoga: Noon. Yoga instructor Amanda Petrone will lead a kids yoga session. Bring water and a mat. Registration is required; call 386-424-2910.
  • Chair yoga: Noon. A Seat of the Soul instructor will lead a short chair yoga session. Learn easy poses to do at home. Registration is required; call386-424-2910.
  • Origami: Noon. Explore the Japanese art of origami.
  • How to make a mosaic: Noon. Nancy Neel of Atlantic Center for the Arts will demonstrate how to make a mosaic using easy to find household items. Attendees will receive a mosaic kit to take home. Registration is required; call 386-424-2910.
  • Pediatric massage: 1 p.m. Licensed massage therapist Nathalie Dunning will offer a pediatric massage demonstration and provide tips to use at home. Registration is required; call 386-424-2910.
  • Laughter yoga: 1 p.m. Joy Steelman of the Downtown Orlando CommuniTeeHee Laughter Club will demonstrate the practice of pranayama yoga.Registration is required; call 386-424-2910.
  • Make a paper caterpillar: 1 p.m. Use paper to create a cute and colorful caterpillar.
  • Kids: How to draw: 2 p.m. Artist Linda Fisher will demonstrate drawing techniques for kids to practice at home. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required; call 386-424-2910.
  • How to juggle: 2 p.m.Library staff members Sean and Shannon will demonstrate how to juggle two and three balls. Registration is required; call386-424-2910.
  • Learn how to knit: 2 p.m. Library staff member Mary Spetland will present knitting for beginners. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required; call 386-424-2910.
  • Make a rain stick: 2 p.m. Make your own weather with a DIY rain stick.  

Ormond Beach Regional Library

30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach


  • Recipes and Reads: Crunchy rainbow wrap: 11 a.m. Children and their caregivers can learn how to make a nutritious meal using only foods from a discount store. Samples will be available while supplies last.
  • Prep for home ownership while renting:11 a.m. Lori Rivera of the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will offer tips. A limited number of 30-minute, one-on-one consultations will be available after the program. Registration is required; call 386-676-4191.
  • Get started with crochet: 11 a.m. Visit the Launchpad to learn about the tools, materials and skills needed to get started with this popular hobby.
  • Healthy shopping on a budget: Noon. Nutrition Educator Carrie Johnson of the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will share tips and tricks for shopping healthy on a budget.
  • Cutting the cable cord: Noon. Learn how to make the break from cable TV and still enjoy your favorite programming.
  • Make a paracord survival bracelet:Noon. Join staff in the Launchpad to learn how to create a bracelet to help you survive in the wild. All supplies will be provided while supplies last.
  • How to create with machines: 1 to 3 p.m. Learn how factory machines use computer programming to cut materials to make everyday household items and even parts for other machines. Then watch a demonstration with the library Cricut Maker as staff creates a keepsake for you to take home.
  • Create a Florida friendly landscape with native plants: 1 p.m. Paul Rebmann of the Florida Native Plant Society PawPaw Chapter will explain the importance of native plants and how to attract pollinators to your yard.
  • Get started with pickleball: 1 p.m. Members of the Pictona Pickleball Club will explain how to get started with this popular sport.
  • Sewing certification: 1 p.m. Visit the Launchpad to get certified to use library sewing machines, a prerequisite for participation in sewing programs at the Ormond Beach Regional Library.
  • Intro to homebrewing: 2 p.m. Learn how to get started with home brewing during this 45-minute program.
  • How to perform CPR: 2 p.m. Emergency medical technicians from Volusia County Beach Safety will demonstrate how to perform CPR.
  • Create a cement mosaic coaster: 2 p.m. Join staff in the Launchpad to create a cement and glass tile mosaic coaster. All supplies will be provided while supplies last.

Port Orange Regional Library

1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange


  • How to create designs with stamps: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join Monica Alkire, an independent demonstrator for Stampin’ Up, as she demonstrates various stamping techniques to create beautiful paper projects.
  • How to decorate and assemble a cake: 11 a.m. Get ready for your next birthday party by joining professional cake decorator Fawne Proctor as she demonstrates how to assemble and decorate a crowd-pleasing birthday cake.
  • Introduction to playing the ukulele: 11 a.m. Join Ashlee and Eliott Hughes of Beachside Music Lessons & Therapy as they lead an interactive and introductory demonstration of the different parts of the ukulele as well as how to tune it, play a few chords and strum.
  • How to get a full body workout in 15 minutes: 11:45 a.m. Delta Life Fitness will demonstrate a series of movements that will give you a full body workout using just your own weight in just 15 minutes.
  • Decorative painting: 11:45 a.m. The Seaside Decorative Painters will demonstrate the skill of double loading a paint brush and adding shading and highlighting to an object to give it depth.
  • How to spin alpaca wool: 12:30 p.m. Join Allison Morris Zacharias as she demonstrates the ancient art of spinning wool using wool from her alpacas.
  • How to make tea from yaupon holly: 1:15 p.m. Join Yaupon Brothers as they demonstrate how tea is made using this Florida native plant.
  • How to attract butterflies and bees: 1:15 p.m. Master Gardener Evelyn Shapiro will explain which plants you can add to your yard to attract butterflies and bees.
  • How to create a gravity cake: 2 p.m. Join Pastry Chef Alejandra Galan as she demonstrates how to create and decorate a gravity cake. Galan has participated in Food Network’s Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark and Disney+’s Foodtastic.
  • How to train a dog: 2 p.m. Join Nancy Govoni as she demonstrates how dogs are trained for obedience, service and therapy work and how to differentiate between service and therapy dogs.
  • How to make a paper bag kite: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Let your creativity soar as you make a paper bag kite to take home and fly.
  • How to make balloon animals:11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by to see how balloon animal dogs are made and get one to keep.
  • How to groom your rubber ducky: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how to give your rubber ducky a gentle bubble bath. This demonstration will focus on bath time cleanliness. Rubber duckies will be available while supplies last.
  • Festival games 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Kids can join staff for fun games and activities.

Additional programs include how to play Dungeons and Dragons, how to raise a reptile, how to make balloon animals, makeup tips, plaster casting, needle felting and how to fold origami. Patrons can also enjoy popcorn, live music, a petting zoo, caricatures, games and an appearance by Peanut the Miniature Horse. Volusia County Environmental Services, Mosquito Control, Recycling, Votran and more will also present and provide helpful information for festival goers. For more information, call the library at 386-322-5152, option 4.

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