Friday, May 1, 2015

Olney Library Customers Get "Money Smart"

Money Smart Week takes place each April. This was the fifth year libraries across the country have hosted events to help consumers better manage their finances. 

Here are some of the highlights of the events at Olney Library.

Clockwise from top left: Volunteer Kayla plays Monopoly with siblings Anna and Joshua, and their mom, Mary.

Money Smart Game Day brought in lots of families looking to sharpen their financial prowess. Above, Anna sizes up her Monopoly properties while contemplating her next big power play. Her brother, Joshua, maintains a calm and contemplative demeanor despite the high stakes.

We also invited several specialists to give workshops on a range of financial planning topics. These sessions gave customers the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how they can better save and invest their money for retirement.

  • Brian Kuhn gave an overview of financial planning basics, including smart budgeting
  • Adriana Colbeck presented on financial tools such as the 529 Plan for funding college and Roth IRAs, and retirement planning
  • Shateela Winters' specialized workshop was on women and financial security
  • Grant Wing's workshop focused on general money management, college planning, and the importance of credit scores.

An Olney teen tries her luck at guessing
how many pennies are in the jar at the Checkout Desk!
Stay tuned for the winners...

Many people stopped by the Money Smart Week display to pick up handouts and other materials, such as a Guide to Mutual Funds from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Customers also borrowed books and DVDs that were on display for Financial Literacy Month.

As you can see from this picture (left), Librarian Marilyn Smith was enthusiastic about Olney Library's participation in Money Smart Week. "It was a great success and everyone had fun. We thank all those presenters and volunteers who helped plan and carry out this educational effort." 

You can see more photos here.

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