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October 5, 2013

Go to the library and become a ‘Know-It-All’

Festival continues today at both locations

RICHMOND — One of the best things about the Madison County Public Library’s first Know-It-All Festival “is seeing a lot of people I’ve not seen in the library before,” said director Ruthie Maslin.

With local schools on fall break, Maslin said both the Richmond and Berea locations were busy Friday for the festival’s first day. It continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. 

The day will be jam-packed with 20 to 30 minute classes on anything from line dancing to how to make jewelry from recycle pop cans. There is even a session about getting stains out of your carpet.

The festival will feature 80 to 90 different presenters and 144 presentations between both branches (visit for a complete list of sessions).

“This event really showcases the strength and knowledge of our community,” Maslin said. “It’s been such an amazing experience.”

Many of the library staff are conducting sessions as well, said Maslin, who will lead a class on how to play a ukulele.

Former librarian and principal of the former Red House School, Edna Oliver, who will turn 100 years old in March, entertained an audience at the Richmond location Friday with her presentation: “How to live 100 years!”

“People walked away smiling,” Maslin said.

Library staff Beth Madden and Athena Gentry developed the idea for the library’s first Know-It-All Festival to show patrons what the community has to offer. This also is a way to gauge interest in some of the sessions, that can later be expanded on and added to the library’s programming, Maslin said.

Because of the “tremendous response” from the community, there are plans to make the Know-It-All Festival an annual event, she said.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.

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