Money Smart Week @ your library is April 18-25

April 3, 2015

The Alachua County Library District (ACLD) will participate in “Money Smart Week @ your library,” April 18-25. This national initiative in its fifth year (in 2015) between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) provides financial literacy programming to help citizens of all ages better manage their personal finances. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance.

Alachua County Library District is partnering with local financial institutions, organizations and professionals to schedule informative programs and workshops including:

Get Financially Fit in 2015: Discover savings tricks, how to make a spending plan, how to make credit work for you and how to get out of debt or build an emergency fund, for adults and seniors, 4 to 5 p.m. April 16, Library Partnership.

Couponing: Learn how to use coupons to save money, adults, 2 to 3:15 p.m. April 18, Millhopper Branch.

Credit Matters: Family Financial Manager Taylor Spangler adjunct lecturer with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) will help individuals access their credit ratings and discuss ways to manage and make improvements, adults, 2 to 4 p.m. April 19 and 5 to 7 p.m. April 23, Alachua Branch.

Monopoly Marathon: Play monopoly and learn new money skills too, all ages welcome, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 19, Archer Branch.

Money Smarts: Kathleen Barnes of Florida Citizens Bank will present financial suggestions and tips and advice, for teens and adults, 2 to 2:45 p.m. April 19, Micanopy Branch.

Life Insurance and Financial Planning: Financial Representative Jannie Jones-Wims will present a workshop for teens and adults on financial planning and the importance of life insurance, 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 20, Cone Park Branch.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: To attend you are strongly encouraged to register at, adults, 6 to 8 p.m. April 20, Millhopper Branch.

Counting Money for Kids:  Use monopoly money to "shop" for a book and "purchase" it to take home. Test your skills at verifying change received, for ages 5 to 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 21, Hawthorne Branch.

Free Credit Repair Workshop: Good credit is necessary when financing a car, purchasing a home, and even finding a job. Learn about credit reports and scores, repairing your credit, understanding consumer rights, identity theft and managing debt, for adults and seniors, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., April 21, Headquarters Library.

Student Loans: GreenPath, a nonprofit organization that helps students make smart borrowing decisions, will help students plan the best strategies for repayment, teens, 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 21, Millhopper Branch.

Get Money Smart: Joesph George from Gulf Coast Financial Services will provide tips to help you better manage your money and get your finances in order, for adults, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 21, High Springs Branch.

Free Credit Repair Workshop: A bad credit report can prevent you from getting an apartment, car loan, credit card, etc. Learn how to clean up your credit, adults and seniors, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 22, Library Partnership.

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft: The Alachua County Sheriff's Office will provide practical tips to help citizens protect themselves from identity theft, teens, adults and seniors, 6 to 6:45 p.m. April 22, Archer Branch.

Student Loans: GreenPath, a nonprofit organization that helps students make smart borrowing decisions, will help students plan the best strategies for repayment, teens, 6 to 6:45 p.m. April 22, Tower Road Branch.

Seven Habits of Highly Successful People: This webinar by will explain the most beneficial investing behaviors from Christine Benz, director of personal finance, and Adam Zoll, assistant editor of This session will help you make informed investing decisions at any level of investing, for teens and adults 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. April 22, Headquarters Library.

Preschool Storytime: Making Cents: This story-based interactive program featuring music, finger plays, activities and puppets is for preschool children up to 5, 10:30 to 11 a.m., April 23, Hawthorne Branch.

Finance Smarts for Kids: This program teaches kids all about money and how to save it. Worksheets, coloring pages and a cool piggy bank craft will be provided, ages 3 to 11, 3 to 4 p.m. April 23, Tower Road Branch.

Purse Strings: Sew your own coin purse and learn tips about smart money management, ages 5 to 18, 4 to 5 p.m. April 23, Archer Branch.

Learn How to be Money Smart: Teens - What do you do with all that cash from your allowance, mowing lawns, babysitting or that fast-food job? Learn how to be money smart with Matt Benge, 4-H Agent from the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office, 4 to 5 p.m. April 23, High Springs Branch.

SCORE Workshop: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: This is the first session in a series of five workshops designed to help entrepreneurs decide if they have the right stuff to move forward with their business ideas. Please register first at North Central Florida SCORE under "Workshops and Events,", adults, 6 to 7:45 p.m. April 23, Newberry Branch.

Family Budgeting with Excel:  Learn some steps toward creating a family budget and start a Microsoft Excel planner to help track your budget. Laptops will be available to practice or you can bring your own. Bring a thumb drive if you want to save your planner, teens and adults, 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 25, Hawthorne Branch.

Your Credit and How to Repair It: This credit repair workshop will discuss: What is a credit score, how is it calculated, and what kind of actions will impact it (positively or negatively), how to obtain a credit report (for free and for money), how to initiate a dispute if you see a problem and what the Credit Reporting Agency is supposed to, do plus what to do if you suspect fraud or identity theft, adults and seniors, 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 25, Newberry Branch.

For additional information about national Money Smart Week, please visit or about these programs visit or contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909,


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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