MANCHESTER -- Mark Skinner librarians create displays to encourage financial literacy among children and adults during the month of April. Kids can play computer programs, monopoly and read books about math and money to instill an early education about finance.
Between book recommendations and online resources, Skinner youth services librarian Janet Kleinberg said that Vermonters don't have to travel to the library to have access to financial know-how. She said it's difficult to get people to realize they have the resources necessary to learn about money and finance. "We want the public to cash in on our collection of books on money and finance."
Because transportation can be difficult to the Manchester library, Kleinberg takes time to do book readings at area schools. For Money Smart Week, she is making several trips to Northshire Day School starting Tuesday, April 8, to share related books and youth money saving practices.
Mark Skinner Library has a library value calculator on its website for any Vermonter. "As people check out books, people can see how much they are saving on books or other media by borrowing things from the library as opposed to purchasing them," said Skinner adult programming librarian Cindy Waters.
"In many Vermont towns, the public library is a central point for the community," said State Librarian Martha Reid. "Thanks to technology and the statewide interlibrary loan system, Vermonters have access to a wealth of print and online resources, including the personal finance books we purchased to support this effort.
State Treasurer Beth Pearce said Vermonters must make decisions every day about their money in a world that is fiscally complex. "We need access to the latest information on how to save for long-term goals like retirement, how best to manage debt, and how to create an effective spending plan."
Money Smart Week runs April 5-12. The American Library Association is sponsoring the week as a national public awareness campaign by mobilizing libraries to help Americans manage their finances. Mobile libraries or other financial library resources can be found at http://moneysmart.vermont.gov/. For year-round financial literacy access, visit http://www.vermonttreasurer.gov/financial-literacy.
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