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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Hall Memorial Library

"Adulting 101," Hall Memorial Library, Ellington, CT

Young adults ages 23-29 who may feel that they are "adults without a handbook" can participate in a series of interactive workshops on subjects of their choosing to learn together in a conversational, comfy setting at the library.

Project Details

Project Name: Adulting 101

Purpose: To provide social and learning connections for new adults, who may be feeling lonely and insecure in new environments and life situations.

Grant Funding Amount: $3,000

Key Elements: Interactive, conversational workshops on a variety of subjects; shared experiences; social connections with new people; bring a friend; comfy, informal space; open to shared intergenerational experience

Target Audience: Young adults, ages 23-29

Community Support: Local businesses such as Soapstone Valley Equipment Repair, United Bank, Big Y, Wells Fargo, Wallace and Tetreault Realty

Use of grant funds: Paid instructors, signage, program materials, comfortable seating


  • Not offered anywhere else
  • Library is a trusted institution
  • Where multigenerations meet
  • Free!

Team Members

EXCITE team from Hall Memorial Library

Cheryl Chamberlin, Daniel Sclare, Francie Berger, and Susan Phillips


Presentation Slide

Adulting 101 presentation slide

Thank you, IMLS!

Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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