Quinte West’s How-to Fair brings out locals looking to learn how to do — well— anything

Heather Broccard-Bell and Hannah Neil run the booth on honeybees and how to come to love the stinging insects. Photo: Emma Persaud

From bees to balloons, Quinte West Library’s first How-to Fair had it all.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the library held its first How to Fair, where people of all ages were invited to come and spend ten minutes learning a different skill. These quick classes were designed to inspire people to try new things like yoga, 3D printing, grow-your-own sprouts or even strength training.

Hannah Neil of Nod Apiary Products, a honeybee-focused business in Trenton, said her booth was there to teach people how to deal with stings and to help people face some of the fear they have around bees.

“I think it’s really important to reduce some of the fear around bees and other stinging insects. Especially those that are pollinators in our ecosystem,” said Neil. “When people are not afraid of things they are more interested in their conservation.”

Adult Programming Librarian Krista Richardson, who organized the event, says the bee booth was particularly popular, as was the balloon making and yoga for their hands-on natures. She said a number of the library’s own activities, such as the makerspace equipment and the genealogy club, also joined the main area of the library for the event.

“Everyone is so interested in these things and we didn’t want them to get lost in the background. It’s great to see so many people out and interested to learn.”

Among the learners was Lori Vanooyen and Joe Southwell along with their children who were learning how to make a balloon dog.

“We’re going to learn to sprout chickpeas,” said Vanooyen, holding up her pamphlet from the environmental education company Blue Marble Learning Scene. “We love learning new things and now being here we hope they do this more often.”

“We’re going to learn to sprout chickpeas,” said Vanooyen, holding up her pamphlet from the environmental education company Blue Marble Learning Scene. “We love learning new things and now being here we hope they do this more often.”

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