Attention parents, your teen will soon be leaving home to attend college or to enter the work force. Are they prepared? Shreve Memorial Library is hosting a series of life-skills programs for teens at library branches throughout Caddo Parish during the month of May. The #Adulting programs will cover a wide range of topics including meal planning and preparation, managing a budget and paying bills, understanding taxes, writing resumes, purchasing insurance, and other useful skills needed to succeed as adults. The programs are free, and teens are encouraged to attend.
Adulting 101 Sessions covering financial literacy and money management will take place Monday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 24 at several Shreve Memorial Library branches. Programs will take place at the West Shreveport Branch, 4380 Pines Road, on Monday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m., at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, on Wednesday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m., and at the Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road, on Wednesday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, May 17, representatives from Regions Bank will visit the Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch, located at 8303 Line Avenue, to discuss financial literacy and ways to budget for college from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, will host a similar program covering information about credit and credit scores, filing taxes, and things to know for first-time renters on Tuesday, May 24, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A lesson on how to enjoy life through art takes place on Tuesday, May 10, at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch. From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., teens are encouraged to come and create a masterpiece during the “Adulting: Bad Art” program at the branch, located at 2105 Hollywood Avenue. Participants will express how they feel through art and enjoy it just because.
#Adulting programs focusing on how to prepare food on a budget will take place at the North Shreveport and David Raines Branches. On Tuesday, May 10, the North Shreveport Branch, 4844 North Market Street will host a cooking demonstration. Teens will learn how to whip up a classic delicious breakfast from scratch. The cooking session will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the branch. Then, on Wednesday, May 18, the David Raines Branch will host a session on cooking and eating healthy. Teens will also learn how to grocery shop and eat healthy on a budget. The program takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the branch, located at 2855 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
Sewing classes will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at the North Caddo Branch and on Wednesday, May 25 at the Wallette Branch. Teens at the North Caddo Branch, 615 North Pine Street in Vivian, will learn basic hand sewing and make a plush monster pillow. Attendees at the Wallette Branch, 363 Hearne Avenue, will learn basic hand sewing, like sewing on buttons, and hemming. Both program will take place in the meeting rooms at the branches from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Teen #Adulting sessions wrap up on Tuesday, May 31 at the North Caddo Branch. Teens will learn how to create a resume using different templates. The program takes place in the meeting room at the branch from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Teens can also pick up a comprehensive booklet on #Adulting 101 throughout the month. Booklets are available at the Belcher-Wyche and Mooretown Branches. The booklet contains life skills needed before leaving home, critical thinking to transition into adulthood, and easy recipes for microwaves and air fryers. Those interested can pick up booklets during regular branch operating hours. Belcher – Wyche Branch hours of operation are Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The branch is located at 409 Charles Street in Belcher. Mooretown Branch is located at 4360 Hollywood Avenue. Branch hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.