Library brings careers to life
Living Library program centralizes career planning
By: Anna Borowiecki
| Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 06:00 am
Every kid gets this frustrating question asked more than once. So, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Unfortunately, most kids have no idea.
The St. Albert Public Library, known for providing inventive resources, is delivering an imaginative solution – the Living Library.
On Wednesday, April 3, students from early elementary up to high school can meet professionals in a variety of careers. Students can book 15-minute periods for a one-on-one chat on career planning.
“It’s an opportunity to ask questions and see what their jobs are like and gain a perspective of their experiences,” said organizer Drew Thomas.
Thomas has invited nearly 20 professionals in a variety of occupations, including pilot, plumber, letter carrier, farmer, flight attendant, veterinarian and teacher.
Some of the personalities in attendance will include actor Chris Craddock, author Natasha Deen, musician Peter Belec, nurse Stephanie Selchuk, physiotherapist Brad Cunningham, RCMP officer Greg Hawkins and Gazette reporter Scott Hayes.
The Living Library can assist high school students crystallize their career options whereas young children who want to know more can simply whet their curiosity, Thomas explained.
“Kids can ask questions and get relevant information they can use that will help in their life.”
He explained that the Living Library was first developed in Europe as an informal chat for adults.
“It was an opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t ordinarily run into in your daily life,” he said.
Strathcona County and Edmonton Public Library borrowed the concept. The St. Albert library adopted the model and broadened the scope to include young children.
“We’re not sure of the response but we’re really encouraged. It’s a test and we’ll see who this appeals to. If we have a lot of success, we may do it again,” Thomas said.
If adults are interested, they are welcome to drop in during the event, Thomas added.
“Kids preregister first and adults can drop in that evening and fill the unfilled spots,” he said.
Registration for children and youth starts Thursday, March 21. Call 780-459-1532.
The free event runs April 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Forsythe Hall.