Post by Aimee, Information Services staff
DIY Festival is celebrating its 6th year!
DIY aka Do-It-Yourself is both practical and creative. Whether out of financial necessity, tradition or “craftivism”, learning hands on skills is a satisfying accomplishment.
In the spirit of Do It Yourself, Kitchener Public Library has hosted a “DIY Festival” at the Central Library in the Lounge for the past 5 years. We have hosted some amazing local businesses, guilds, hobbyists, and all around talented folks to teach you how to do what they do best. It is such a great day of learning, full of energy, and experimentation in the library.
We didn’t want to miss this year, so we are bringing this year’s Festival to you! Please join us when you have time- online. There is no pressure to attend at a certain time. We know that pandemic quarantine may inspire some people to be productive, and just not be in the cards for other people.
In a series of videos, you can learn something new, find a new hobby/ side hustle, acquire a new skill, then join or support a local organization. Share our “do it yourself” enthusiasm and get inspired!
DIY Titles to Get You Started
- Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants by Danae Horst
- Kombucha, Kefir & Natural Sodas by Nina Luasecker and Sebastian Landaeus
- The Making It Guide to Crafting by Liz Welker
- The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop by David and Sharon Bowers
- Ottolenghi Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi
- Get a Hobby! : 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle by Tina Barseghian
- Makerspace Sound and Music Projects for All Ages
- The Ultimate Side Hustle Book : 450 Moneymaking Ideas for the Gig Economy
More DIY Learning Opportunities
Lynda.com is an online platform where you can learn business, software, technology,and creative skills. This is a free subscription available with your library card, and we have a handy guide to getting started.
Learn a new tech skill by watching some videos made by staff. Topics include using email, Microsoft Word, Google Products, Transferring Photos and more!
Instructables is a community for people who like to make things. You can explore what others have made, or upload your own tutorial for others.
If you are a knitter, this is a social media platform all about knitting and crochet. Search patterns, yarn, needles, and connect with friends! KPL has its own page for our Knit n’ Lit program.
Join us for a bi-monthly online knitting meetup Knit n’ Lit. We teach a new skill, you ask questions and show off your knits.
November is National Novel Writing Month. Join us for a virtual write-in! Now is your chance to write your own novel…
Heffner Studio is our in-house tech and music production hub. Dive into free classes in computer programming, coding, video editing, music sampling and more.
Have questions? Want more recommendations? Leave a comment below or email us at email@example.com.