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#PLA2018 – How to Adult, the Long and Winding Road (Home), and Mom Guilt

Do you have teens in your library?  I hope so!  Do those teens need to life hacks to be ready to adult?  Probably.  Enter #PLA2018’s amazing How to Adult: Teaching Life Skills to Teens.  This presentation outlines a super successful joint program of several California teen librarians called Adult 101, that covers typical “life skills” topics like budgeting and time management, but also delves into some topics that are particularly important to teens in the first few years of life after high school.  The series covers issues like: Moving out – how to find a place to stay, make sure it’s legit, find roommates, create a roommate agreement (or, How Not To Kill Your Roommates), and reasonable rent expectations. Public Speaking – according to Forbes, only 10% of adults actually enjoy public speaking, the rest of us muddle through it. Food prep – how to eat healthy on a budget,…

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#PLA2018 Day 3, AKA the tired day

Went to the hotel fitness center this morning.  Yesterday I lifted, which I could do endlessly.  Today was a day to run, and my body was like, “Do you know what you’ve been feeding me for two days?  No.  This isn’t happening.”  #PLA2018, where Marisa makes all the bad health decisions!  I powered through, because librarians know who to persevere, but I’m at like 40% energy level for the rest of the day.

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#PLA2018 Day 2 – Inspiration Achieved

I promised myself I’d do several short blog posts throughout the day today.  Ha!  It’s after 9 and I’m just now sitting down to type because there is just SO MUCH worth doing at #PLA2018!  I took my laptop with me today, and I have SIX PAGES of notes just from today, and more ideas for new programs and services than I can fit in my head! You guys, I am not even kidding, my first session of the day ALONE was worth the cost of admission! Talking is Teaching: Opportunities for Increasing Early Brain and Language Development, is the inspiring overview of the San Francisco Public Library’s partnership with Too Small To Fail (www.toosmall.org).  Now let me give you a disclaimer – I had been out of public libraries for 5 years until November, so many of you are likely already aware of the amazing Too Small To Fail. …

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#PLA2018 – getting there is half the adventure!

In case you’ve been living under a rock these past few days, there’s a huge storm bearing down on Philly and #PLA2018 as we speak, complete with an ice glaze and 9-13 inches of predicted accumulation.  Or at least, I keep hearing it’s a big storm…so far it seems more like a typical storm we’d get back home in Ohio.  But I suppose if it *keeps* snowing all day and into the wee hours of the morning, it will shape up to be pretty hefty.