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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Recommended Reading

Note: I rarely publish "Recommended Reading" back to back. But I'm still fairly miserable, so I won't be up to my usual blogging routine for a while.

See‘Adulting 101’: Public Library Offers Basic ‘Living’ Lessons to Clueless Millennials from Heat Street

Details about the library's Adulting 101 program are below the fold.

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How is it possible that there is a need for such a course, particularly in Oregon, which has a reputation for prosperity?


  1. Do you mean to tell us that this was NOT a piece of SATIRE?

    What next Precise Instructions on How to Get Out of Bed in the Morning?

    I can see it now:

    FIRST rise to a sitting position

    SECOND dangle both feet over the side of the bed

    THIRD plant both feet –– one at a time –– firmly in the floor

    FOURTH using both feet to support your weight gradually push yoourself to astandng position

    FIFTH when you are sure of your balance, you may begin to think of moving toward ...

    Ye GODS! To THIS we've come! (:-o

    1. FT,
      What do you think of the title of this "course"? The word adulting, I mean.

  2. Anyone want to bet it will be the Librarians who will be tasked with this new responsibility? First to deal with the homeless who come in from the cold and rain, then the latch key kids.... now the basics of living. Just a shout out to them. A noble profession at one time.

  3. 101? i'M NOT SURE THEY CAN EVEN FIND 101 REAL ADULTS IN OREGON! Good title for the course :-)

  4. I was aghast at the color scheme for the poster. I actually looked it up to see if that was the 'real' poster - yup! Now why would actual adults use a design that would only attract people who were into single digit ages? "Toys R Us" anyone?

    1. Baysider,
      Excellent point about the color scheme! Crayons would fit the poster's design, wouldn't they?

  5. Yesterday, I mentioned this poster to my Research Paper class, a class of juniors. At least two of the students had heard about this library "course." Yes, they were smirking.

  6. It's just like the "xxx for dummies" books. Yes, it's easy to assume everyone already knows all the things they should, but really what's wrong with making this stuff easily available? And since they're covering such basic ground, why would a more sophisticated poster be appropriate? It looks like what it is, those who want it can recognise it easily, and refined sophisticates like you guys know immediately that it's not for you.

    "How to find real news on the internet" -- now there's an interesting topic! What's your (plural) usual method?

    1. Jez,
      what's wrong with making this stuff easily available?

      (1) It's on the taxpayers' dime.
      (2) Much of what's offered in Adulting 101 should already have been taught in the classroom or at home.
      (3) Too much Nanny State!

    2. (1) An evening a month in a room at the local library doesn't sound expensive to me, but some of the mistakes it might help attendees avoid are probably quite costly.
      (2) yep, but as you must have been made aware throughout your career, not all homes are adequate; nor schools, neither. (And not even good schools give much guidance about things like finding accommodation IME.)
      (3) not what I consider nannying, since attendance is optional.

    3. Jez,
      You can bet that all the many planning meetings were billed to the taxpayers and that these librarians were diverted from other programs to offer this one.

      The government cannot be all things to all people.

    4. Jez,
      "How to find real news on the internet" -- now there's an interesting topic!

      That should be covered from 7th grade and up.

      Public Speaking and Policy Debate courses offer laser-like focus on this matter. And public speaking and debate are already included in most high school English courses -- not to mention the research units required in every high school curriculum.

    5. BTW, many libraries already offer seminars in how to avoid/discern fake news. These seminars are open to all above the age of 13 -- around here, anyway. I expect that Oregon is on the same track as we are.

    6. "many libraries already offer seminars in how to avoid/discern fake news."

      Are they an acceptable recipient of public money?

      "That should be covered from 7th grade and up."

      Perhaps, but many people, we both included, left school before the internet entered the mainstream, so it certainly wasn't covered when we were in 7th grade.


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