Alachua County Library District promotes dollars sense with Money Smart Week

March 15, 2019

Money Smart Week offers financial programs March 30 through the month of April.

Gainesville, Fla. – Alachua County Library District will offer dozens of free financial literacy programs this April for Money Smart Week to help patrons manage and build their financial future.

These classes, seminars and workshops are free and cover all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first-time homebuying to retirement planning. Money Smart Week is a collaborative effort by hundreds of businesses, government agencies, libraries and schools across the country to help consumers learn to oversee their personal finances. The official week is March 30-April 6, but the Library District’s programs will extend throughout the month.

Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 St., Alachua (386) 462-2592

  • Money Smart Kids-Start a piggy bank today: Capital City Bank will be offering lessons on the essentials of money and planning, plus participants will decorate and take home a small ceramic piggy bank,  for children and teens, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget: Learn how you can get the most for your money by planning meals and eating healthy with University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, for adults,
    5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
  • Edward Jones: A Talk on Tax Topics from Perspective Magazine featuring financial advisor Edward Potts, for adults, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Road 45, Archer (352) 495-3367

  • Money Management: This online course will cover financial planning, budgeting, managing debt and investing, for teens and adults, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7
  • First-Time Homebuyer Workshop: Christie and Wade Wheeler from Matchmaker Realty will share lessons on the most common types of loans for first-time homebuyers, costs associated with the homebuying process and what to expect from the process, for adults, 3-4 p.m. Sunday, April 28

Cone Park Branch, 2801 E University Ave., Gainesville (352) 334-0720

  • Money Smart Kids: Games, for kids, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
  • Made Bayou: Rachel Brintnall teaches this four-week course pairs design principles and social media marketing techniques to help teens produce tangible products for purchase. Participants will learn new creative skills through tutorials in a studio-style environment, working closely with classmates and the instructor to complete a set of unique prints, for teens, 4-5:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, April 16-May 9. Registration is encouraged, visit

Hawthorne Branch, 6640 SE 221 St., Hawthorne (352) 481-1920

  • Check Your Credit Report: Laptops will be available and staff members will be on hand to help you obtain a copy of your current credit report, for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24

Headquarters Library, 401 E University Ave., Gainesville (352) 334-3900

  • Women & Investing: Kick off Money Smart Week with a video webcast from the Vanguard Investment Group followed by discussion, for adults, 6:30-8 pm. Monday, April 1
  • Bullet Journaling: Learn spreads and designs to help you save money, for adults and teens, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
  • Credit, Debit or Cash? This webinar will delve into when to use each method of payment, teens and for adults, 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
  • Financial Wellness for Families: In this video course, financial therapist Amanda Clayman will illustrate how families can work toward a shared financial future, for adults, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3
  • Upcycling Clothing: Find out how to upcycle clothing for helpful and handy uses, such as a T-shirt bag, for teens and adults, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7
  • Money-Saving Apps: Learn about different money-savings apps, including iBotta, ebates and more, for adults, 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10
  • Check Your Credit Report: Laptops will be available and staff members will be on hand to help you obtain a copy of your current credit report, for adults, 6:20-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10;
    11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 23
  • Five Money Questions for Women: Edward Jones financial expert Shannon Scott will discuss how to create a strong financial strategy for pre-retirement women, for adults, 5-6 p.m. Monday, April 15

High Springs Branch, 23779 W US Hwy 27, High Springs (386) 454-2515

  • Socially Responsible Investment-Green Responsible Investment: Edward Jones financial advisor Lance Drawdy will address socially conscious "green" or ethical investing, which is any investment strategy that combines financial return and social environmental good to bring about a positive change, for adults, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday, April 4

Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16 Ave., Gainesville (352) 334-0165

  • Outsmart the Scammers: Edward Jones financial advisor Shannon Scott will covered flags to spot scammers, resources and ways to protect yourself and loved ones, for adults, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18

Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy (352) 466-3122

  • Money Smart Kids: Representatives from CenterState Bank will join for fun activities and money lessons, for kids, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17

Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43 St., Gainesville (352) 334-1272

  • Financial Literacy: Santa Fe College's financial literacy admissions specialist will cover potential scholarships, FAFSA forms and how to manage your money, for teens and adults, 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 3
  • Put Your Retirement to Work: Edward Jones financial advisor Bill Bush leads this seminar about smart choices concerning your retirement plans, for adults, 11-11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 10

Newberry Branch, 110 S Seaboard Drive, Newberry (352) 472-1135

  • How to Teach Your Children about Money: Financial advisor Sheila Smith of Edward Jones will outline effective ways to teach kids about spending and money, for adults, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2

Tower Road, 3020 SW 75th St., Gainesville (352) 333-2840

  • Managing Personal Cash Flow: In this video course, financial therapist Amanda Clayman reveals ways you can adjust your financial habits and manage your cash flow in a positive way, for adults, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3
  • Stocks-The Nuts and Bolts: Edward Jones financial advisor Shannon Scott will cover the basics of stocks and investment strategy including quality, diversification and long-term perspectives, for all ages,10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 6

For more details, contact Rachel Cook at 352-334-3909 or

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 


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