Central Library Celebrates 100 Years With Jam-Packed How-To Festival


On Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Burbank’s Public Library and Friends of the Burbank Public Library present the free How-To Festival at the Central Library, as part of the yearlong celebration of the library’s centennial. About sixty stations will be set up throughout the Library, with 15-20 minute demonstrations of a variety of skills and other useful information by City departments, local vendors, businesses, nonprofits and individuals from the Burbank area.

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Burbank's Central Library. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Public Library)
Burbank’s Central Library. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Public Library)

Learn how to make a French braid, find your credit score, knit, play chess, extinguish fires, make your own jewelry, change a flat tire, eat with chopsticks, pair inexpensive wines with food and so much more. Food trucks will also be on site for this community event. Enjoy a delicious choice of tasty treats from the Kona Ice Truck, Rice Balls of Fire, Cousins Maine Lobster, Cambalache’s and Baja Mar Seafood.

Other great How-To presentations will discuss earthquake safety, how to create a windowsill garden and how to launch your career in animation. Burbank health food store and restaurant, Full O’ Life, will hold several sessions on healthier eating and improving quality of life. Various yoga demonstrations will be held for all ages. North End Pizzeria owner and operator, Dominic Scarola, will show everyone how to make pizza.

“In the past 100 years, the Burbank Public Library has been a big part of the community. Because the Library is a place where people come to learn things, we thought a How-To Festival would be a fun and educational way for our friends and neighbors to get to know more about the amazing community we live in,” comments Sharon Cohen, Library Services Director. “No matter how our lives change during the next 100 years, there is no doubt that the Library will be here to help the community meet its quest for knowledge and discovery.”

libraryhowtoSearch for your genealogical roots, learn how to compost, how to play the piano in less than 20 minutes or about resources for the blind and visually impaired in the Burbank area. A sign language demonstration, information on iPad basics and how to travel as a foreign exchange student are some other great topics on the schedule. Check out the complete schedule of events and special local instructors here.

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Public parking will be available behind the Police/Fire building on Glenoaks Blvd. between Orange Grove and Palm. All public lots across the street from the Central Library between Glenoaks Blvd. and Third St. will also be open.

The Central Library will only be open between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for the Festival. Regular computer and reference services will not be available. The Buena Vista Branch Library will be open regular hours with internet and reference services available.