Reading Riot: Make Things Happen!
Do you know what you’re going to do when you graduate? What kind of world do you want to live in? How can you make it better?
As you go about your daily life of homework, job, extracurriculars and family responsibilities, these kinds of questions may lurk in the back of your mind. But there are steps you can take now to answer those questions and to plan for the future.
Recently, while shelving books in the young adult nonfiction collection, I came across several self-improvement guides that caught my attention. These books will inspire you to plan for the future, set goals and impact your world.
Make Things Happen: The Key to Networking for Teens will help you discover endless opportunities that are just a conversation away. FYI, to “network” is to engage in informal communication for mutual assistance or support. According to this practical, encouraging guide, you’ll learn the why, where and how to network with helpful exercises and real-life stories. Fact boxes and reminder balloons highlight important or additional information like how to overcome the fear of face-to-face meetings and how to make networking a lifelong journey. This slim, fast read is packed with success tips that I wish I’d known when I was a teen!
Young Person’s Occupational Outlook Handbook is a career guide to help explore a variety of job possibilities. This handy book features 260 popular careers grouping related occupations together, making it easy to study job options based on your interest. It provides job descriptions and suggests school subjects you may want to take now and other activities you can do to learn about that type of work. From athletic trainer to woodworker, you’ll likely find a job to interest you and the steps to take to achieve it.
The Teen Guide to Global Action will inspire you to make the world a better place. Subtitled “How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change,” it tells the stories of many young people who changed the world and it provides practical tools you can use to get involved. After reading this book, you won’t want to sit back and ignore problems or social injustice. You’ll learn that there are plenty of things you can do to make a difference. Whether it’s human rights, homelessness, hunger or world peace, find your cause and become an activist!
Check out one of these self-help books or find others at the library to improve your life now and in the future. Armed with these ideas, go forth and make things happen!
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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