Financial Literacy for All Ages at the Library

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 which seeks to educate people of all ages on the topic of financial literacy, will be observed with free public programs at the Jones Library in Amherst, MA during the week of March 30 – April 6, 2019.

Even very young children can learn these concepts through games, activities, stories, and crafts. These skills benefit young children just as they benefit adults. Talking to your children about saving up for college, for example, can get them thinking about their long term goals and future in a realistic way. Organizers of this campaign have Teacher Resources available online.

Here are a few programs coming up for 2019 Money Smart Week:

On Tuesday, April 2 at 7pm, join the library for a workshop called Investing Basics, which is aimed at helping attendees make educated decisions with their money, presented by Kelly Dwyer, CFP, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. Whether you want to buy a home, pay down debt or start saving for retirement, the talk will show how a goals-based approach helps you get there. The basics of investing used by nearly all investors will be discussed, and there will be a time for questions.

On Thursday, April 4 at 7pm, there will be a workshop called Budgeting 101. No matter what your financial situation is like, managing your money can be overwhelming. Attend this judgement-free session to get some tips on how to simplify the process. Learn how to analyze where your money is going now, how you can make changes to that, and how to make sure that you spend and save money strategically. This program is co-sponsored by UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.

The Jones Library will also be focusing their story times during Money Smart Week on money, saving, and much more.

Money Smart Week was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, and is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of thousands of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. For more information, visit


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