Reading Riot: “Adulting” for Teens Part of Summer Reading Program Lineup

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The Summer Reading Program kicks off today and we’ve planned much more for teens than reading just for fun. You can register online or at any Fauquier County Public Library location.

This year we introduce Learn to be a Grownup: A Life Skills Series for young adults who are looking toward the future and want tools to help them survive adulthood.

Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual so we’ve put together classes to give you essential tips to help you get a job, save money, take care of your first car and lead a (relatively) stress-free life. Our experts will teach, inspire and prepare you for the world of “adulting.” But before we get down to the business of being a grownup, let’s kick things off with a concert by local musician Maddi Mae. With her unique blend of vocals and acoustic guitar, she will share her life story and how she followed her musical dreams. A music teacher at Drum & Strum in Warrenton, Maddi has invited some of her advanced students to join her performance. Rising 6th graders and above are invited; adults and families welcome.

Music by Maddi Mae SRP Concert Kickoff

Warrenton: Saturday, June 10, 3 p.m.
Bealeton: Tuesday, June 13, noon
Marshall: Tuesday, June 13, 3 p.m.

Programs in the Life Skills Series

Get a Job!
Create a stand-out resume and nail the interview to get that first job. Author of Write to Influence! and retired Air Force colonel, Carla Bass, will share tips on how to grab that employer’s attention with an eye-catching resume and polished interview. Space is limited; sign up required.

Warrenton: Tuesday, June 20, 5 p.m.
Bealeton: Tuesday, July 18, 4 p.m.
Marshall: Tuesday, July 25, 6 p.m.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Yes it’s possible to become a millionaire by the age of 30 – by starting NOW!  Come learn several tips on building wealth from Amelia J. Stansell, Vice President and Community Executive at Middleburg Bank.  Topics covered will include: keeping good credit, avoiding debt, making good choices and the power of starting early. Space is limited; sign up required.

Bealeton: Tuesday, June 27, 4 p.m.
Warrenton: Tuesday, June 27, 6 p.m.
Marshall: Tuesday, July 11, 6 p.m.

Car Care
Can’t wait to get your license? There are a few things you need to know before you get on the road.  Knowing proper car care can save you money and extend the life of your vehicle. Space is limited; sign up required.

Marshall: Tuesday, June 20, 6 p.m.
Bealeton: Tuesday, July 11, 4 p.m.
Warrenton: Tuesday, July 18, 5 p.m.

Smash Teen Stress – Mindful Stress Reducing Techniques
Teens will learn ways to relax and reduce stress with fun and easy techniques they can use in their everyday lives.  They will also be taught how to start a smash journal to help record their memories and feelings.  This is a fun interactive workshop for teens.

Marshall: Tuesday, July 18, 6 p.m.
Bealeton: Tuesday, July 25, 4 p.m.
Warrenton: Tuesday, July 25, 6 p.m.

More events for teens 

Art by Design
Award winning artist Constance Guerra will lead a fun, beach-themed painting class. We’ll provide the canvas and paints; you create your own original work of art. Space is limited; sign up required.

Bealeton: Tuesday, June 20, 4 p.m.
Marshall: Tuesday, June 27, 6 p.m.
Warrenton: Monday, July 10, 5 p.m.

Sign, Sing and Smile
Teens will learn the American Sign Language alphabet and vocabulary through games, activities, songs and art during this eight-week program. Finish the summer with a performance for family and friends. Space is limited; sign up required.

Warrenton: Fridays, June 16 – August 4, 10:30 am – noon

Teen Movie Night
Join us for Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, based on the popular James Patterson novel. Free; popcorn will be provided.

Bealeton: Wednesday, July 5, 4 p.m.
Marshall: Wednesday, July 5, 5:30 p.m.
Warrenton: Saturday, July 8, 2 p.m.

Grand Finale: Pizza and Games
What a great summer of reading, programs and fun at the library! Join us for pizza, games and more fun at the finale party!

Bealeton: Tuesday, August 1, 4 p.m.
Marshall: Tuesday, August 1, 6 p.m.
Warrenton: Friday, August 4, 10:30 a.m.

If you need more incentive to participate in the Summer Reading Program, attending these special teen events earns you chances to win weekly prizes and an end of summer grand prize. The more programs you attend, the more potential you have to win! Of course, SRP is also about reading so log your reading time to earn more chances to win.

Stop by your nearest branch to pick up a Summer 2017 schedule of events or check it out online.

Classes are open to all 6th graders and above but call your local library beginning June 10 to sign up. (540) 422-8500, x3 (Bealeton), x4 (Marshall), x2 (Warrenton).

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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