PLA now accepting proposals for first-ever How-To Festival at PLA 2016 Conference

For Immediate Release
Fri, 01/22/2016


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing


CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) encourages you to share your gifts and talents with your fellow colleagues at the PLA 2016 How-To Festival. Join the fun by participating in PLA’s first-ever mini How-To Festival, which will be held during the PLA 2016 Conference.

A How-To Festival is a cooperative learning experience, teaching practical, hands-on skills that can be learned in short sessions. Twenty-minute demonstrations will be presented as a fun way for attendees to experience a taste of the wildly successful How-to Festival that attracts 4,000 individuals to the Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library every May.

Some examples of the engaging how-to sessions have been: how to create a green office, how to dance the two-step, how to do container gardening, how to create balloon animals, how to brew beer, how to bake gluten free, how to change an electrical outlet, how to needlepoint, how to quilt, how to play poker, and how to use Instagram.

Share your talents and imagination with your colleagues. A total of fourteen 20-minute sessions will take place over three days during these times:

  • Wednesday, April 6, 4:00–6:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 7, 9:45–10:30 AM and 3:15–4:00 PM
  • Friday, April 8, 9:45–10:30 AM and 3:15–4:00 PM

Please submit your proposal by Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Presenters will be responsible for bringing their own presentation materials. If your proposal is approved, you will be contacted by Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends, and library vendors from across the country and around the world. Find complete details at and join us in Denver!

For more information about other PLA events and programs, contact the PLA office at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.