How-To Fair

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | Noon-4pm | Marvin Auditorium Adults

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Makers, mentors and hobbyists: explore our immersive fair where you will have opportunities to learn some cool stuff, get more deeply involved in your community, meet people who share your interests, and create the life you want to lead. We’ve invited experts, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, creators, and more to share a little about what they know with you. See the topics below for some of the things you can learn about. Keep an eye on this space for more details!


Discover your nobility and learn the ways of Renaissance courtiers Presenters: Renaissance Festival actors and educatorsMarvin Auditorium 101 A 12-12:45p - Court Dancing 1:15-1:45p - Customs and Manners 2:15-3p – Court Dancing 3:30-4p – Customs and Manners
Watch demos with radio-controlled planes and get involved with a community of model aviation pilotsPresenter: Greg Inkmann with Foundation for Aeronautical Education – an educational organization that uses model aviation to foster personal growth, decision making skills, self-confidence and respect. Library Parking Lot Noon-4pm
Watch miniature robots battle for dominance, and learn how to get involved with this community of makers and STEAM enthusiasts Presenter: David Corr, Arts & Craftsman Workshop, a makerspace and coworkspace. Library Parking Lot Noon-3pm
Learn about the prevalence of human trafficking, and how you can recognize it Presenter: Christina Chavez with the Center for Safety & Empowerment, a local organization that provides services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking. Marvin Auditorium 101 C 1-2pm
Meet a games’ master, an herb wife,  and a storyteller and learn about the medieval renaissance through their eyes Presenters: Educators and actors with Interactive History KC, an organization dedicated to bringing history to life for people of all ages. Marvin Auditorium 101 B 2-4pm
Get ready for battle with hands-on experience and instruction in creating chain maille Presenter: Leon Fundenberger, self-taught chain maille armorer, and J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis lover Atrium Noon-4pm
Learn the basics of knitting and you’ll be able to create your own protective wear by winter Presenter: Carrie Riordan, knitter Anton Room Noon-4pm
Help prepare your kids for success in school and in life by taking an active role in promoting their healthy development prenatally and through the first three years of life Presenter: Melanie Magathan, Topeka Public Schools Parents as Teachers Atrium
Learn about force-free, positive-reinforcement dog training Presenter: Tanya Walsh, CPDT-KA and Beckett, fluffy best dog The PlazaNoon-2pm
Watch demos and learn about wool spinning, shibori dyeing, and needle felting Presenters: Betsy Roe, Museum Educator, and Carrie Cummings, Public Service Specialist, both with the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Outside the Sabatini Gallery Noon-4pm
Learn how to participate in the scientific process and address real-world problems Presenter: Kim Sain, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Marvin Auditorium 101 C 2:15-3pm
Learn to identify legitimate news and reputable news sources Presenter: Andrea Bair, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Marvin Auditorium 101 C 3:15-4pm
Participate in a frank conversation with a former foster parent about important decisions to make when deciding whether foster parenting is for you Presenter: Michelle Morris, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Marvin Auditorium 101 C Noon-12:45pm
Watch a fencing demo and learn about a variety of historical weaponry Presenters: Brea Black, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, and Matt Torres In front of Gallery 3:30-4pm
Learn about the history of tea and try some refreshing samples Presenter: Zan Popp, Gallery Curator with the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Atrium Noon-until the tea is gone!
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Audience: All Ages