Teaching Life Skills at the Library: Programs and Activities on Money Management, Career Development, and More

ALA Editions. Jul. 2022. 128p. ISBN 9780838948903. pap. $49.99. PRO MEDIA
Buckley (library manager, Concord Lib., Contra Costa County, CA) wrote this book after discovering that basic life skills were not being taught in their community. This slim volume is designed to assist librarians in creating programs and resources to help young and emerging adults gain confidence in and knowledge about financial management, career development, cooking, self-care, communication, and relationships. The book is divided into two parts: “Planning Life Skills Programs” and “Life Skills Activity Plans.” In Part I, Buckley notes that libraries are perfect places to engage in life skills programming, as people often view libraries as relaxed, safe places for learning. Additionally, libraries are often able to take advantage of partnership opportunities with government, nonprofits, and local businesses. In Part II, Buckley includes many step-by-step plans for activities and games, such as financial literacy jeopardy, a photo booth, smoothie stations, a trust obstacle course, and a positivity board. Libraries should also consider live streaming this programming.
VERDICT This useful hands-on guide is recommended for librarians, educators, and human-services providers with minimal programming experience working in communities that lack life-skills training opportunities.
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