I enjoyed the Adulting 101 article (Ford, 2018). I think adulting 101 are some of the basic skills many patrons in the public library need. When I started working in the library, I was surprised that filling out a job application online, creating a resume, and logging in online are skills that many patrons don’t have.
One patron in particular wanted to apply for a personal loan. The loan amount was 500 dollars and the interest was 500%. I was trying to convince him that wasn’t smart to take that loan, but he was persistent. During tax season, I was surprised how many people didn’t know how to get to the IRS website or how to do their taxes. As a former high school English teacher, I spent so many hours teaching Romeo and Juliet, but my time could have been better spent teaching life skills that are often not emphasized in the curriculum.
After reading the Adulting 101 article, I think I want to try some Adulting 101 classes at my branch. I am a bit hesitant that I will get too large a response from the community. It is difficult to provide enough help for all of the patrons using the computer during the day. Offering a class where I can provide enough individualized support may be challenging, but these type of classes are much needed.
Ford, A. (2018). Adulting 101