Money Smart Week 2021 will take place April 10-17. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better their personal finances. This year, the programming will focus on supporting the needs of low to moderate income households - those most affected by Covid-19. Each day’s virtual presentation will focus on a different theme presented by different organizations, and are meant to help educate on financial well-being. To register and view the webinars, simply go to www.moneysmartweek.org.
The themes for the Money Smart Week webinars include talking about money, saving, basic banking, student loans, fraud and identity theft, managing personal finances, rent and mortgage assistance, and budgeting. Presenters include University of Chicago Financial Education Initiative, FINRA Education Foundation, Economic Awareness Council, U.S. Dept. of Education, Internal Revenue Service, Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and UW-Madison Center for Financial Security.
Beyond the national webinars being presented, you can also learn more about personal finance through the Adams County Library System. Simply go to our website, adamslibrary.org, click on “ELIBRARY” then on “Research,” and this will bring you to a list of available databases. Clicking on “GCF” will take you to a page with numerous self-paced tutorials. Topics include online safety and workplace skills, and also includes several tutorials on money. Clicking on one of the money themes will take you to a whole list of related tutorials, including how to avoid tax scams, learning about contactless payments (including PayPal and Venmo), learning about investment options, and about buying a house, just to name a few. All of these tutorials are available at no cost.
If you prefer to research personal finance and budgeting through books, we have you covered there, too. The following titles have been published within the last few years, are available for checkout at the library, and are only a few of the many books we have on personal finance: “Millennial Money Makeover” by Conor Richardson, “This is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order” by John Schwartz, “You Are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero, “The Price You Pay for College: an entirely new road map for the biggest financial decision your family will ever make” by Ron Lieber, “Money Hacks: 275+ ways to decrease spending, increase savings, and make your money work for you” by Lisa Rowan, “Clever Girl Finance: learn how investing works, grow your money” by Bola Sokunbi, and “Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands: how to teach young kids about finance” by Liz Frazier.
Speaking of kids and finances, we also have children’s books available to help them learn money basics at a young age. Some of our titles include: “Spend It!: a moneybunny book” by Cinders McLeod, “The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money” by Stan and Jan Berenstain, “Spending Money” by Mary Firestone, “Counting Money” by M.W. Penn, and “Money Madness” by David Adler.
To request these books, or any of the other books we have on personal finance, stop by your local branch library or give us a call. We’re always happy to help.
Submitted by Jess Shelleman, Branch Manager, Littlestown Library