DIY Festival 2021: Try DIY

Post by Valerie, Information Services staff

As the days get shorter and the weather cools down, October is a great month to attend the DIY Festival virtually at KPL! In recent years, and increasingly during the pandemic, there’s been an explosion of interest in DIY. Some people use DIY as a healthy way to escape from the stress of every-day life.  For many, DIY fills a basic human need to be creative, to improve on, and be challenged to make something from basic resources and with little cost.  

Through being creative while making new or repairing used items, upcycling, and so much more, people are working toward living sustainably. Are you ready to learn a new skill set and connect with others who share your do-it-yourself enthusiasm?   

This year we have an exciting line up of virtual guests with a different theme each week.  To start off the festival we have craft week, where you’ll learn how to knit with the Knit n’ Lit group of expert knitters (specifically mastering the art of short rows). The Knit n’ Lit group meets virtually each month to teach and support interested knitters.  Later in the week Lots of Knots Canada will teach you how to Learn Macrame while making a beautiful Macra-Weave.  

The following week we’ll focus on financial literacy and budgeting. Participate in a Financial Check-up  with Jessica Moorehouse who will help you get on track with your finances.  Check out her blogpodcast, and financial education videos.  

During the third week we’re learning about sewing and repairing our own clothes as well as how to buy a car! Leila Kelleher, the pattern maker for Muna and Broad (an independent sewing pattern company) will be teaching us about how to get started in sewing your own clothes while helping us to pay attention to fit and gender expression, among other topics.  Later in the week a representative from the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) is leading a seminar on How to buy a car. Their mandate is to protect the car-buying consumer before they purchase their first vehicle.  

Finally, the last week of the festival coincides with how to Buy and Sell Like a Pro, which is also part of the ongoing Stay Savvy Series at KPL. Learn how to navigate online sites like Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace and others.  If you’re interested in selling your DIY products or in finding free items, then join this program.  

Also, this last week we celebrate Media Literacy Week which promotes digital and media literacy across Canada. Tech Tutors (Tues, Weds, Thurs) and Computer or Tablet Tutors (Friday mornings) are ongoing programs which support digital literacy at KPL. 

There’s something for everyone at this year’s DIY Festival.  Hope to see you virtually! 

More Learning

  • Check out this list of video tutorials from last year’s festival. 
  • LinkedIn Learning offers courses of interest to DIYer’s 
  • The  Zero Waste Challenge from Reep Green Solutions is being offered in a 30-day or 7-day challenge; “Challenge yourself to reduce your waste and improve your consumption habits.” 

No Holds, Try it Now!

If you haven’t tried reading a magazine digitally, this is your opportunity! Check out any of these issues from Download Library. The best part? There are no waitlists for magazines, so you can check one out and get started on something new immediately. Love these magazines? Learn how to add notifications in Libby for new issues.


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