Marshall Public Library is celebrating Money Smart Week!
Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The American Library Association has partnered with the Chicago Federal reserve to bring financial literacy classes into our nation’s public libraries.
Monopoly Day kicks off Money Smart events on Friday, April 19, at 3 p.m. A special TEEN Monopoly Party will begin after the library closes at 6 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. We will have several boards available for this gaming event and participants are welcome to bring additional Monopoly games of their own. Both of these events will be held in the Kid’s Corner.
SCAMS, CONS, AND FRAUDS
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, Dianne Brush from the Pocatello Police Department will present the program “Scams, Cons, and Frauds.” The community education officer for crime prevention, Brush will address why older people are the most targeted group for financial scams, how to recognize and avoid the scammers, and what information we should never release to someone over the phone or by email.
CRAZY FOR COUPONING
Also on April 20 at 10 a.m., local coupon expert Sally O’Keef will teach beginning couponers how to get the most out of their hard-earned money. A stay-at-home mom who started couponing shortly after the birth of her first child, O’Keef used coupons to maintain her family’s standard of living after her husband returned to school. Years of practical experience give her a unique perspective on how to use coupons properly and effectively and she is eager to share these tips with you.
THE THRILL OF THRIFTING
At noon on Saturday, April 20, Debra Spitzer presents “The Thrill of Thrifting.” One of the best ways to save money, especially for families with young children, is through thrift store shopping. At thrift stores, you can find new or nearly-new clothing and household goods and decorations for pennies on the dollar—if you know how to thrift shop smartly. Spitzer will reveal the tricks of smart thrifting and give her audience members the tools they need to start a life of thrifting on their own.
COUPON EXCHANGE BOX
You can not only look but also touch and take items from this display on the second floor! Look through the coupons and take what you would like. Be sure to bring in coupons from home that you don’t want and leave them for the next coupon browser.
SPIDERS SPRINGING FROM...SILVERWARE!
If you want to witness the curious phenomenon of spiders created from silverware, come to the second floor display case and see the altered arachnids as well as repurposed old Christmas cards and costume jewelry that are happily living new lives. Repurposing items saves money and is fun too!
For more information on these programs and other Money Smart Week activities, please call the library at 232-1263 ext. 106.
Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian