Growing Up X

A Road Scholar Program by Erika Holst


Apr 5, 2023


DeKalb Public Library
309 Oak St
DeKalb, IL 60115


Open to the Public

Sandwiched between the much larger Baby Boomer and Millennial generations, the members of Generation X (those born between 1965-1980) have variously been called the “middle child generation,” the “slacker generation,” the “MTV generation,” the “latchkey generation,” and “the least parented, least nurtured generation in U.S. history.” With minimal adult supervision in their lives, this generation’s childhood toys, technology, and media had an outsized role in their development.

This presentation takes close look at toys, technology, and cultural touchstones that informed the development of Generation X. This talk will dig into the social, cultural, and historical factors behind the conditions and objects that surrounded this generation in everyday life, including the rise of divorce and single parent families; the low-grade existential fear produced by the Cold War; the war on drugs and the AIDS crisis.

Audiences may share their memories of this unique time in history while gaining insights and engaging in cross-generational discussions.

Gen X Graphic

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Britta Krabill at


We currently recommend masks but do not have a mask mandate.

Learn more about Erika Holst, this program, and how to book it.