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Learn how to ‘adult’ at the Lincoln County Public Library

When it comes to learning the everyday skills required to be an adult, many teenagers are left to sink or swim. Now, teens and parents have a local alternative. On Feb. 3, the Lincoln County Public Library will kick off a new series of “Adulting 101” workshops.

The idea for the classes — and the title — originated from a novel by Josh Burnette and Pete Hardesty which covers everyday life skills that teenagers are often left to learn through trial and error. The idea for the workshop originally came from Head Librarian Kasie Brown.

“She brought the book to me,” Children and Youth Services Coordinator Pamela Whitaker said. “She asked if it would be a good program for our youth. I read it and said, ‘Yeah, this would be awesome.’”

The workshops will be on the first Monday of every month. The classes cover everything from sewing buttons and doing laundry to building credit and shopping around for car insurance.

“I have a whole agenda,” Whitaker said. “Every month, we’re going to pursue something different.”

The workshops will continue through the rest of the year, and Whitaker said she hopes to have experts in the various fields of everyday adult life. She is always on the lookout for volunteers, and those interested in sharing their life experiences to the next generation can contact the library at 601-833-3369.

“You don’t have to be a kid,” Whitaker said. “It really starts at grade eight. But if you’re 24 and you’re struggling with finances, you might want to come when we do finances.”