Worthington Libraries leaders are trying to help young adults become just a little bit better at adulthood.

“Adulting” is a new monthly program series beginning this weekend at the Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., that will teach the basics of grown-up living.

Library associate Carol Veach is coordinating the program, which she said was inspired by a similar series at a library in Portland, Oregon. She said library leaders incorporated those ideas with the community and “Adulting” was born.

“We kind of took that model that they had started and then changed the program and ideas to fit what our community needs – questions we’ve gotten or things that are prevalent in the community right now,” she said.

“You’re an adult, you can do this!” is the tagline of the first iteration of “Adulting,” which teaches basic cooking skills.

Matthew McKeehan, a chef with local chain 101 Beer Kitchen, will conduct an hour-long cooking class 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, that includes an appetizer, a “gourmet” grilled cheese and a dessert that can be made in the microwave.

The next two scheduled events will be a basic financing class in January and a session called “Know Your Rights!” that features an attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union. Veach said the latter is particularly relevant given recent protest trends and the number of immigrants who use the library.

“Do people know their rights when they’re protesting or even when they’re just pulled over by a police officer?” she said.

Ideally, Veach said, the series will continue as a regular monthly program in the library’s schedule. Three more “Adulting” sessions are planned in the next quarter of events, she said.

Those three classes will include lessons from a resume expert, a professional organizer and an open-ended “basic odds and ends” class taught by Veach herself.

“If people don’t know how to change a tire, we’ll just pull up my car and teach people how to change a tire,” she said with a laugh.

Veach said she wants the program grow and expand but she is tempering expectations as it begins.

“We’re going to start with the first six months and then see how those go,” she said. “If we’re getting decent turnout and people are coming, we’ll start adding more and more as we add topics.”

The library doesn’t offer registration for the classes ahead of time – they’re simply based on people showing up – so Veach doesn’t know how many people to expect for the first class.

But, she said, crowd size is not important at this stage.

“We’re not sure what numbers we’re going to get, but we’re hoping we get a good number of people,” she said. “But even if it’s a small number of people, as long as they’re excited and take something away from it, that’s all that matters.”

For more information on “Adulting” and other library programs, go to worthingtonlibraries.org.

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