Reading Riot: Get a Summer Job! Or Just Read About It
The summer reading program has kicked off! Books are flying off the shelves and teens are logging the number of minutes they read to earn chances to win great weekly prizes.
Although summer is a good time to kick back, relax and read for fun, you may also be thinking about a summer job to earn extra spending money or to save for the future. Here are a few recommendations available at your local Fauquier County Public Library about young adults who are working, making a few bucks or in some cases spending in all sorts of ways.
Saving the Planet & Stuff by Gail Gauthier
Michael lives in a world of highly successful and accomplished teens… unfortunately he isn’t one of them. After losing his summer job, Michael agrees to go to work for an environmentalist magazine in Vermont. But will the job be worth the aggravation of spending the summer with Walt and Nora, who have been living what they preach since the 1960s? In this eco-comedy, a 21st century, mall-loving teen finds himself living with ‘60s radical environmentalists.
One Shot by Susan Glick
Lorrie is looking forward to lazing away the summer days but her best friend is working so she feels out of sorts. Then Lorrie lands a job with a renowned photographer and begins to shoot and print her own pictures. Her skill improves as she searches for that one perfect shot.
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
A 12-year-old inherits his grandfather’s old lawn mower and as the neighbor’s grass grows, so does his business. Things get out of hand when his neighbor Arnold convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business. Arnold invests the lawn boy’s money in a prizefighter and suddenly he’s the sponsor of Joey Pow. A comic story about a summer job with slapstick lessons in business.
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
While not exactly about summer jobs, this funny story is about money – lots of it. Two brothers find a bag crammed with cash and suddenly they are rich. They can buy anything they want but the hitch is that they must spend it all quickly before it becomes worthless. England will soon switch to the new European currency and that means the money will be useless. But they can’t agree on how to spend it. Meanwhile the crooks who stole the cash in the first place are closing in.
And a few more:
- Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
- The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer
- The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch
- Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero
- The Summer of Cotton Candy by Debbie Viguié
If you really want to get inspired, attend our Teen Life Skills series to learn more about getting a job and saving money.
“Get a Job!”
Create a stand-out resume and nail the interview to get that first job. Learn tips on how to grab an employer’s attention with an eye-catching resume and polished interview.
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 be wealthy by age 30 – if you start now! Come learn tips on building keeping good credit, avoiding debt, making good money choices and the power of starting early.
Bealeton: Tuesday, June 27, 4 p.m.
Warrenton: Tuesday, June 27, 6 p.m.
Marshall: Monday, July 17, 6 p.m.
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 to sign up. (540) 422-8500, x3 (Bealeton), x4 (Marshall), x2 (Warrenton).
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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