Smart Investing@your library class in Shenandoah

Smart investing@your library® Starts January 24 in Shenandoah


Are you interested in learning how to make wise investment decisions? If so, the Shenandoah Public Library will launch Smart investing@your library® on January 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. After the in-person orientation, participants will take an online course at their own pace. A face-to-face summary session will be held on February 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The first 25 registrants will receive an investment manual.

Smart investing@your library® is made possible through a grant to Iowa Library Services funded by the American Library Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is a cooperating partner. The Shenandoah Public Library is one of 18 offering the program in 2013.

Mary Beth Kaufman, ISU Extension and Outreach Family Finance Program Specialist, will be presenting the face-to-face orientation and summary sessions. Participants can choose from these online courses: Starting Out is for beginning investors; Building Up targets those in mid-life; and Making It Last focuses on those near or in retirement.

More than 400 Iowans completed Smart investing@your library® in 2010 and 2011. Pre- and post-surveys showed that participants increased their knowledge and took action. Participants developed their investment philosophy, assessed their risk tolerance, and estimated how much money they would need in retirement.

There is no cost to participate in Smart investing@your library®. However, registration is required. Call the Shenandoah Public Library at 712-246-2315, send an e-mail message to, or visit the library at 210 S. Elm St.

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