For immediate release | February 29, 2016

New workshop: Taking the Fear out of How-To Fests: 20 Activity ideas in 90 Minutes

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new workshop Taking the Fear out of How-To Fests: 20 Activity Ideas in 90 Minutes, with Amy Alessio. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

How-to fests are exploding around the country. They introduce patrons to new ideas and create a “maker” out of all of us. Coordinating and hosting these events can be difficult—low funds, lack of technology, and finding ways to target these events beyond children and families are just a few of the potential challenges. But putting on a how-to program doesn’t have to be a headache. In this new workshop, programming guru and award-winning teen librarian Amy Alessio will provide you with easy, low-cost how-to fest ideas for adults from age 20 and beyond. She will take the struggle out of hosting these types of events by teaching you how to plan, tweak, and manage accordingly. You’ll also come out of the workshop with 20 new activity ideas to use for future events at your library.

After participating in this workshop, you will have:

  • Learned several skills and projects that will translate well to either drop-in or registered hands-on workshops
  • Gained ideas for tweaking or starting an annual how-to fest that patrons will enjoy and that will not break your budget
  • Discovered manageable strategies for your library staff to host a large event

About the Instructor:

Amy Alessio is an award winning teen librarian. Her latest co-authored reference titles: A Year of Programs for Millennials and A Year of Club Programs for Teens, were published by American Library Association Editions in 2015. She has enjoyed teaching webinars on library programming since 2014. She reviews mysteries and romances for Booklist. Learn more at

Registration for this workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA Publishing Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

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Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing