Libraries have long been advocates for reading and literacy for the people in their communities. Another community need now being addressed by libraries in an annual campaign is financial literacy and money management. Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances, will be observed with programs at the Jones Library during the week of April 23 – 30, 2016.
On Tuesday, April 26 at 7 pm, gain a better understanding of credit at a workshop called Understanding Credit. This workshop is a primer in learning about the wise use of credit. It will help you understand your credit report, explain how credit scores are determined, and give you tips to improve your score. You will also learn what to look for to find the best credit card! This program is co-sponsored by UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.
On Thursday, April 28 at 10:30 am, the weekly children’s story hour will have a special focus on money and saving.
Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension and the American Library Association.
All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223.