Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015: SummerReads@Averett (11:30a - 12:30p)
Jay, Meg. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now. New York: Twelve, 2012. (Work.)
Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015: SummerReads@Averett (11:30a-12:30p)
Jay, Meg. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now. New York: Twelve, 2012. (Love.)
Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015: SummerReads@Averett (11:30a-12:30p)
Jay, Meg. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now. New York: Twelve, 2012. (The Brain and Body.)
Thursday, Sep 24, 2015 to Sunday, Nov 8, 2015: The Trail of Maud Gatewood
A selection of Paintings and Prints
Thursday, Oct 1, 2015: Lunchbox Histories (2:00 pm)
Dr. Mary Vanderlinden will present her research on lunchboxes in American history.
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 to Thursday, Nov 19, 2015: Art Exhibit: Spotlight Shows
A Selection of Student Art
Coffee Talks are brief presentations on academic resources and topics of interest to the Averett community, followed by questions and discussion. Averett students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome to attend ... and to propose and present new topics!
Join us for learning, dialog and refreshments at the Mary B. Blount Library. Days and times vary. Look for specific times and topics on this page.
We are grateful to Friends of the Library and the Cathy Mason Edwards Literary Fund for supporting this initiative.
Join us on the main floor of Mary Blount Library for the first SummerReads@Averett. We’ll meet between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays to discuss “The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter-and how to make the most of them now.” Brigid Belko, Averett’s Director of Experiential Learning, will lead the conversation. Each discussion will focus on one of the three major sections of Dr. Meg Jay’s book beginning with “Work” on June 30, continuing with “Love” on July 7 and concluding with “The Brain and the Body” on July 14.
Book discussions are sponsored by the Cathy Mason Edwards Literary Fund. Refreshments are courtesy of Averett Library Friends. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. If you’d like to participate but do not have a copy of the book, please contact Jim Verdini at the Mary Blount Library by phone, (434) 791-5694, or email, to request a copy.
The Defining Decade
Call Number: BF724.5 .J39 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-17
Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood. Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twenty-something clients and students, The Defining Decade weaves the latest science stories from twenty-somethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely.