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Money Smart Week


Confused about credit? Saving to buy your first car, or a first home? Wondering what to do with that 401(k) account? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Springfield’s first Money Smart Week @ your library.

Money Smart Week @ your library will be hosted by the Springfield-Greene County Library District from April 2-9, 2011. Nearly 30 classes, workshops and activities will take place at various Library branches during the week to help consumers with all aspects personal finance. All programs are open to the public and free of charge, thanks to collaboration with partners from local financial institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Personal finance is a broad topic that truly is of interest to all. Topics presented at this year’s Money Smart Week include credit basics, budgeting, buying a home for the first time, mortgages, using coupons wisely, identity theft protection, getting your credit score, estate planning and life insurance.

Even kids benefit from learning about money management. Kids can attend a money-themed storytime and go shopping with “bunny money”. “Tween”-agers can watch their money grow fast by feeding a piggy bank. Teens can learn banking skills and how to start saving for a car or college. There’s even a program tailored to 20 - and 30 - somethings with tips on credit, budgeting and more.

Money Smart Week is a national public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. It is a partnership of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the American Library Association and the Springfield-Greene County Library District.

The week-long event kicks off Saturday, April 2, with 9 programs at 3 of the Library locations.

  • Document Disposal Day
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Library Center parking lot
    Bring your sensitive documents to the Library for disposal.
  • Financial Planning... Your Roadmap to Financial Freedom
    10 a.m., Library Center
    Learn about financial planning and the steps to financial freedom.
  • Estate and Legacy Planning: It's More Than Just Money and Trusts
    11 a.m., Library Center
    Learn ways to effectively pass on wealth and leave a legacy.
  • 'Tweens Feed the Piggy Bank!
    11 a.m., Library Center
    Tweens learn about compound interest and savings options.
  • Money Smart Family
    1 p.m., Library Center
    Learn how a family changed its thinking and its financial future and how you can make changes in your life.
  • Dollars and Cents
    2 p.m., Willard Branch, for grades K-5
    Children learn to be smart about money and enjoy an activity.
  • Identity Theft -- Don't Be a Victim
    2 p.m., Library Center
    Learn how to protect yourself and what to do if your identity is stolen. 
  • Mortgage Workshop 101
    3 p.m., Library Center
    Learn about home loans in today's lending environment.
  • Buying/Selling a Home in the Current Market
    1:30 p.m., Library Station
    Learn what to expect when buying or selling your home.

View the full Money Smart Week Schedule and event details.

Thanks to our partners who helped make this event possible:

  • BancorpSouth
  • Commerce Bank
  • Community Financial Credit Union
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service
  • EDCO Group, Inc.
  • Edge Community Technology Center
  • Empire Bank
  • Guaranty Bank
  • KGBX
  • Metro Credit Union
  • Pinnacle Family Advisors, LLC
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • TelComm Credit Union
  • University of Missouri Extension
  • Western & Southern Life

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