Applegate and Ruch Libraries Host 2nd Annual How-To Fest

The Applegate and Ruch Libraries will co-host the Second Annual Applegate/Ruch How-to Fest on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. at the Applegate Library, 18485 North Applegate Road, and from 1:00–4:00 p.m. at the Ruch Library, 7919 Highway 238.

This event features short sessions taught by local experts sharing practical, hands-on skills. The Applegate and Ruch Libraries will transform into classrooms with sessions held throughout the buildings as well as outside. Local community members volunteer to offer free demonstrations, entertainment, and practical life skills classes of 30 or 60 minutes.

Participants are encouraged to start at the Applegate Library to learn how to research book values, create decorative art and make rain sticks. Be energized by a chair yoga class and a class on learning about the night sky by stretching towards it. Discover sourdough bread making, creative first aid and wildflower arranging. Enjoy samples while indulging in baking shortcuts, coffee roasting/brewing, and pepper roasting and salsa making. Historically costumed personalities will be roaming about as well.

In the afternoon, participants can visit the Ruch Library, where 20 classes will be offered on topics like How to Play the Ukelele, French Braiding, Bicycle Repair and Maintenance, Glass Blowing, Wildflower Art, Travel with Kids, Liqueurs, Button Art, Pranayama Yoga Breathing, and much more.

“We are excited to be holding the 2nd Annual How-to Fest,” said Christine Grubb, Applegate Library Branch Manager. “We are very lucky to light up our libraries with talented community members who are willing to share their knowledge. This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn from one another.”

The short, hands-on sessions make the How-to Fest the perfect opportunity to pick up a new talent or learn a skill. All are welcome to attend this free event. To learn more, visit

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