Smart Investing@your Library Announces Summer Financial Literacy Program

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa Library Services and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are pleased to announce a series of summer financial literacy programs for young families.

“We see many families in the libraries as children participate in our summer reading programs during the summer months,” said Alysia Peich, coordinator of the project at Iowa Library Services. “This program is a great partnership between Extension staff and the libraries,” said Peich. The program is made possible by a grant to Iowa Library Services from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.

The summer program will focus on young families who are laying the groundwork for their financial future, and also those who want to start teaching their young children about managing money. “We are going to offer two workshops that focus on basic money management skills, planning budgets and managing consumer credit,” said Cynthia Needles Fletcher, a professor and family economics specialist with Iowa State Extension and Outreach.  Fletcher noted that several libraries will be offering a new workshop for parents called “Raising Money $mart Kids.” Each class will be taught in collaboration with the libraries, and led by Extension family finance program specialists.

Summer class schedule

Raising Money $mart Kids
Date/Time: Thursday, June 27, 2-3 p.m.
Location: Fort Madison Public Library
Address: 1920 Avenue E, Fort Madison, IA
Call the library at 319-372-5721 for more information or to register

Raising Money $mart Kids
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 9, 6-9 p.m.
Location: Washington Free Public Library
Address: 115 W Washington St., Washington, IA
Anyone in the Washington County area is invited to participate and should stop by the library, call 319-653-2097 or e-mail debbie.stanton@washington.lib.ia.us to register

Raising Money $mart Kids
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 10, 1-2 p.m.
Location: Shenandoah Public Library
Address: 201 S Elm, Shenandoah, IA
For more information or to register, contact Carrie Falk at 712-246-2315 or shencir@qwestoffice.net 

Your Money Your Future: Budgeting 
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: James Kennedy Public Library
Address: 320 1st Avenue E, Dyersville, IA
Call the library at 563-875-8912 for more information or to register

Your Money Your Future: Credit
Date/Time: Thursday, July 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: James Kennedy Public Library
Address: 320 1st Avenue E, Dyersville, IA
Call the library at 563-875-8912 for more information or to register

Raising Money $mart Kids
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24, 6 p.m.
Location: Osage Public Library
Address: 406 Main St., Osage, IA
Call the library at 641-732-3323 for more information or to register

Raising Money -$mart Kids
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24, 5- 6 p.m.
Location: Ottumwa Public Library
Address: 102 4th St W, Ottumwa, IA
Call the library at 641-682-7563 for more information or to register

For more information, visit the Smart Investing@your library website.

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