Adulting 101 Resource Guide

Upcoming Topics

June 2019: Home Maintenance

July 2019: Safety

August 2019: Car Repair

September 2019: Job Hunting

October 2019: Cleaning & Decorating

November 2019: Insurance/Open Enrollment

December 2019: Winter Prep/Emergency Preparedness



See dates for upcoming programs on our calendar:



Previous Programs & Resources:






























October 2018: Safety


Personal Safety

This program was presented by Corporal Pelkey from the Caldwell Police Department. Officer Pelkey discussed how to reduce the chances of theft, as well as information on how to increase daily safety and awareness.


Personal safety tips from Rasmussen College:


Internet Safety

This program was presented by School Resource Officer, Tony Snider, and focused on how important it is for parents and children to be safe while using the internet. The presentation featured helpful statistics, videos, and open discussion about the importance of internet safety practices. 


Kids Health Internet Safety website for some helpful tips:




















December 2018: Holiday Cooking and Shopping


Healthy Meals on Any Budget

The nutrition program was presented by Surine Greenway, a University of Idaho Extension Educator and community expert in the field. Surine provided an educated guide on providing nutritious meals on a budget, using recipes with simple, yet flavorful ingredients, planning and budgeting strategies, and how to build nutritious meals in a way that provides the most benefit to the health of you and your family.  We made three separate menu items: Overnight Oatmeal, Lemon Pepper Tuna Chickpea Salad, and Basic Pantry Veggie Skillet.



Updated food chart:


Whole Grains Nutrition Information:








DIY Gifts on a Budget

At this program, we learned how to make handmade soap and felt ornaments for some fun holiday gifts on a budget!  Making handmade soap was a learning experience for all who attended (as well as the librarian), and we problem-solved together to create adorable Christmas themed soap!  Program attendees also put their sewing skills to the test and created some classic stocking ornaments. 


Web Resources:


Handmade Christmas Gift Tutorial

Handmade Peppermint Soap Recipe

September 2018: Job Seeking Skills


Résumé program

Our résumé program helped patrons understand the importance of a strong résumé in today’s workforce. Participants also learned how to incorporate their skills into an outstanding résumé. Participants made changes to existing résumés, built new ones, and learned about file sharing and utilizing Google Drive for personal business.




Interview Program

Participants learned helpful techniques for job interviews. The Idaho Department of Labor left some great handouts for interview techniques; more information can be found on their website:


Interview Tips:


Workshop Calendar:



November 2018: Information Literacy

This course featured a web guide on how to spot fake news, as well as methods for finding good information sources. Included was a helpful video and an interactive game. All information was carefully selected to make sure that the information was current and helpful to participants.


Program resource guide:


Informative video:


Free interactive game:



January 2019: Health

Mental Health Awareness

This Adulting 101 Program highlighted mental health awareness. Patrick Fithen from Brighter Future Health volunteered his time to answer questions for the public.


Web Resources



New Year Nutrition

This Adulting 101 Program was about nutrition for the New Year. Presentation and activity materials were provided by the University of Idaho Extension. Readers’ list was built by Adult Services Librarian, Monique Gaddy.


Web Resources:





February 2019: Taxes & Financial Literacy



In this program, library staff answered basic questions about where to find tax forms and how to get help filing taxes.


Web Resources



Finances & Emotions: Financial Literacy

Mick Beam, with Icon Credit Union, gave a great presentation on finances for the Caldwell community.  The presentation, Transforming Your Relationship with Money, offered insight into how we feel about money, and how this shapes the way that we manage our money.  Other resources were provided from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and can be found on the CFPB website listed below.  Mick was also familiar with an array of resources which you can explore below. 

Library staff created a reading list on the topic and can assist anyone who drops in at the information desk. 


Web Resources:




March 2019: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


In this program, Konrad McDannel from Republic Services explained the importance of recycling for our community and the system that we currently use for recycling items. He brought examples of common recycling “do’s and don'ts.” Konrad was patient and clear as he demonstrated how our community can better help our environment with our recycling efforts.  Library staff created a reading list on the topic and can assist anyone who drops in at the information desk.

Web resources:

Republic Services Website

Caldwell Recycling Services:

Recycling changes:

Trash and recycling guide:


Reuse - Sewing Basics

Donna Briscoe, one of the library's talented and dedicated volunteers, used several examples to demonstrate how to repair clothes and other fabric-based items. In particular, she discussed basting to secure your fabric. Examples used were repairing torn seams and frayed zippers, covering small holes with decorative ribbon, and replacing collars on coats.

Web resources: 

Mending Clothes:


April 2019: Finance & Housing


For this program, Stephanie Renk, from Idaho Next Steps Coaching, helped participants navigate through the process of buying or renting property.  We started with the pros and cons of renting vs buying.  Stephanie then guided us through the mortgage process, going over the Do’s and Don’ts of the trade. Also covered in the presentation was helpful hints for renters, understanding finances and loans, and a brief review of our local housing market.


Web resources:



Program Handouts:

Adulting 101 Handout Housing Mortgage

Adulting 101 Handout Housing Next Step Coaching

Understanding Your Credit Score

Todd Christensen, from Money Fit, presented ways in which you can understand your credit score better.  Todd went over some tips on how to understand the FICO score range, what to do to help build or rebuild credit, and the difference between credit score and credit reports.  He was also available to answer any questions that came up and is highly knowledgeable in the field.  If you missed this program, we have some online resources to guide you to helpful information, as well as some books that may interest you on the subject.


Web resources:



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Fri. 10 am to 5 pm

Sat. 10 am to 5 pm

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