Back to School at the Library!

Adulting 101: Life Skills for Teens

Hey guys! When will you ever use the Pythagorean Theorem in your adult life? The answer is 99.99% never. Yes, learning about it is important in high school, but the library also wants to help you be prepared for the practical aspects of life.

The library received a grant from the California State Library so that we could plan this huge event for FREE on Saturday, September 28 from 8:00-3:30 at the Woodland Community and Senior Center filled with introductory courses on a wide range of diverse topics. Plus you get free breakfast and a yummy lunch from Las Brasas.

Check it out! This event is open to all middle and high school students.



You can choose to attend four sessions from the following courses.


You will get insider knowledge from experts in their field, including a human resource manager, nutritional biologist, financial planner, and more!


Here is a more detailed description of each course:

Budgeting & Saving by Travis Credit Union

Money matters. You have a whole lifetime to earn, save, invest and spend it. To avoid making costly mistakes in your future, don’t wait a lifetime to learn how to spend and save wisely. This is your opportunity to learn how to make the most of every penny to achieve the financial independence you want.

 College Financing & Scholarships by Travis Credit Union

Everyone knows that college can be very expensive and figuring how to finance college can be confusing. There are various types of student loans, grants and scholarships available. Learn the different options and how to find scholarships. After all, why borrow money when you get some for free?

Job Application, Resume & Interview Tips by City of Woodland Human Resources

Trying to land your first job? Get practical advice for completing a job application, resume building and tips for job interviews. First impressions matter.

Taxes, W-2s & W-4s by United Way California Capital Region

Have a job? Learn how to complete all the tax forms that come with a job. From W-2s to W-4s, how to read a paystub and the biggest question of all, why we must all file tax returns and pay taxes.

Self-Defense by Ramtown Karate

Learn basic skills to defend yourself in real-life situations. Hands-on activities and lots of movement so comfortable clothing recommended.

Social Media Etiquette by Yolo County Administrator’s Office

Gen Z uses social media every day. From writing emails to using Instagram and Twitter, learn how to create a professional online presence that will help you in college and your future career.

Informed Citizens by the Office of Senator Bill Dodd

Can you spot the difference between real news and fake news? Learn to be an informed citizen and be more critical of the media and the information you consume.

Painting & Art by Woodland Public Library

Unleash your inner artist and learn to paint a masterpiece that you can take home! All levels welcome, even those that have never picked up a paintbrush. Our art instructor, Sylvia will guide you, step by step.

Makeup & Beauty by Veronica Marshall

Have you ever tried to put on makeup by following a Beauty YouTuber and still didn’t get the results you wanted? Bring your own makeup, supplies and brushes and learn with a live model and demo. You’ll get one on one help with a professional makeup artist and put on makeup all by yourself!

Mental Health & Self-Care by Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency

Just because you’re a teen, doesn’t mean you don’t have problems or get stressed. Learn the signs and symptoms of emotional challenges, especially how to help a friend in need and how to take care of yourself.

Yoga for Stress Relief by Woodland Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board

Melt away the stress of homework by learning some deep breathing and stretching techniques in our beginner’s yoga class. Comfortable clothing recommended.

Healthy Relationships & Sex Ed by Planned Parenthood

Make sure you have all the facts you need to make the best choices for yourself and your sexual health. Learn about safer sex, no sex and consent as part of a healthy relationship.

Car Maintenance by Mojo’s

A former air force mechanic will show you how an engine works. Everything from checking fluids, airing a tire and changing a tire. Keep your mode of transportation in tiptop shape.

Community Service & Leadership by All Leaders Must Serve

Learn the keys to success to be a leader and serve your community. Overcome barriers and stereotypes to be your best self and make a positive impact.

Eco-Conscious Living by City of Woodland Environmental Services

Be environmentally friendly and learn all about recycling, composting, water conservation, and energy efficiency. Why is it important (climate change anybody?) and what we can do to help.

Conflict Resolution by Yolo Conflict Resolution Center

Whether it’s having disagreements with friends or families, conflict is a fact of life. We’ve all experienced conflict with those we care about. Learn techniques to make conflict productive and actually bring us closer.

Healthy Cooking & Grocery Shopping on a Budget by Friends of the Woodland Public Library

Chop, sauté, and cook ingredients into a healthy delicious meal. Learn the basics of cooking and how to grocery shop on a budget from a nutritional biologist. Perfect for soon-to-be college students and surviving beyond Ramen.

Rights of Minors by Yolo County District Attorney

Be an empowered teen and know your legal rights. Learn about the criminal justice system, how to embrace the system, rather than being afraid of it.

Navigating High School by UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program

Designed for middle school students who want insider tips on how to navigate high school. How to be successful, get involved and be a competitive applicant for a four-year university.

Navigating College by UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program

Designed for high school students who want insider tips on how to navigate college and balance social life with academics. Meet and talk to a panel of college students and get all the tea. Learn what college life is like.

What is Stephanie Reading for the Summer?

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison (and probably the rest of the trilogy)


Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

We Hunt the Flame by by Hafsah Faizal


Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand


Since this is the second book in the series, here is the synopsis for Furyborn:

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker


After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all . . . or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

Leadership for TAB means:

TABLeadershipbyAmberArtwork by, Amber Irfan