The Judy B. McDonald Public Library held its annual How-to Festival for people of all ages outside the library. Some of the demonstrations given were how to throw clay pots, how to make a pour painting, how to make yarn and how to make book cloth. 

Crystal Hicks, assistant library director, has been organizing the event since 2013. She said this year about 20 volunteers from the Nacogdoches community participated in giving how-to demonstrations. 

We have some staff that are doing demos, but everyone else is just volunteers from the community,” Hicks said.  

Jessica Lackey, director at Millard’s Crossing, was at the event showing people how to do punch needle embroidery. She said punch needle is fun to do and was more than happy to show other people the process. 

Elizabeth Barr, another volunteer from Nacogdoches, was showing people how to make book cloth, a cloth covering for books. While she mostly does it for her own business, she said it was nice to teach others. 

“I think it’s great for people to come out here and learn things,” Barr said about the event. 

The How-to Festival this year was smaller than it has been in previous years, Hicks said, mostly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We didn’t do it last year,” she said. “This year we haven’t been doing many in-person programs at all here. This is us just kind of getting back into the swing of it.” 

Hicks said she would like to remind SFA students they are always welcome to any events held by the library. 

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