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Teaching Life Skills at the Library


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Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Introduction: You’ve Got This!

    Part I Planning Life Skills Programs
    Chapter 1 Let’s Start Planning
    Chapter 2 Partnership Opportunities and Program Promotions
    Chapter 3 Evaluate and Sustain Your Life Skills Programs

    Part II Life Skills Activity Plans
    Chapter 4 Jobs
    Chapter 5 Money
    Chapter 6 Cooking
    Chapter 7 Self-Care
    Chapter 8 Personal Care
    Chapter 9 Home Skills
    Chapter 10 Communication
    Chapter 11 Relationships with Friends and Family
    Chapter 12 Stress Management

    Conclusion: Taking Care of Business
    • Appendix A: Planning Template for a Life Skills Program
    • Appendix B: Reading Tie-Ins

About the Author

Kimberli S. Buckley has over fifteen years of experience in the library field working with teens and adults. She is currently the library manager at Concord Library in Contra Costa County, California. Kimberli has a passion for teaching classes on life skills for emerging adults. She teaches at San Jose State University's School of Information and also teaches an online class called Growing Up Is Hard. She loves to be creative when it comes to library programming, and she has been known to tap into her inner unicorn to bring all her ideas to life. Kimberli has an MLIS degree from San Jose State University and an MA in consciousness studies from John F. Kennedy University.


"Buckley is a public library manager who teaches classes on life skills for emerging adults, inspired by a high-school teacher's request to fill a gap for her students. These experiences are the basis for this book. She notes the importance of teaching life skills in the library in terms of community relations and community improvement ... The author's tone is informal, yet informed. In short, she provides useful tips to help librarians plan and deliver engaging, practical--and doable--life skills programs."
-- Booklist

"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."
-- Library Journal

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