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Money Smart Week 2018

Posted 6 months ago by Melissa J

Posted in Business and Investing and Wellness: Fitness, Health and Spirituality | Tagged with financial literacy, Money Smart Week and personal finance

Main Library will host the 2nd Annual Financial Fair on April 21 to kick off Money Smart Week, which runs April 21 through April 28. Did you know the Toledo Lucas County Public Library is taking part in a national effort to improve Financial Literacy? What began as a partnership between the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association in 2011 has since expanded to include many more partners and events throughout the United States.

Money Smart Week Library Events

Financial Fair

Apr. 21 | 11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Main Library - Wintergarden

Our 2nd Annual Financial Fair will feature presentations and information tables where vendors and local agencies can answer your questions and help you find ways to better manage your money. "Maxed Out," a documentary about the "easy credit" crisis will be shown, followed by a discussion lead by local financial coaches, who will share resources in the area to help you learn better financial management. Refreshments will be provided. Parking is free.

Explore the variety of programs taking place at Main Library as part of the Financial Fair ...

Demystifying Investing

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. | McMaster Center

Do you have the skills to invest with confidence? If not this may be just what you need to start you on the path to investing smarts as you learn how to research potential investments.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Jamie Black Conference Room

Moving out from home is a big financial decision. How do you know when you are financially ready, and how do you prepare for it? Get tips from financial coach Wendy Easler.

Earn It, Keep It, Grow It

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | McMaster Center

Learn from financial coaches from the FOC how to grow your money AND job skills. In the McMaster Center.

All About Financial Apps

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Loolen Conference Room

Find out about apps that can track and improve your finances from librarian Melissa Jeter. Bring your devices to the presentation.

Car Buying: Know Your Rights to Strike a Deal

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Jamie Black Conference Room

Veronica Martinez, Esq of ABLE discusses legal rights & retired businessman Charles Maenle provides bargaining tips.

Family Fun on a Budget

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Loolen Conference Room

Kat Tomasewski will present tips for families on how to utilize all of Toledo’s fun amenities (Toledo Museum of Art, Libraries, Metroparks, etc.) to their fullest potential while staying within their family budget.

Movie: Maxed Out

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | McMaster Center

Watch the movie about our American style of debt, then listen to a panel discussion by local financial coaches from the Financial Opportunity Center.

Cooking on a Budget

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Creativity Lab - Children's Library

See Patrice Powers-Barker of OSU Extension whip up healthy, money-saving dishes to sample.

Money Smart Week Library Branch Events

Extreme Couponing with the Frugalicious Diva

Apr. 24 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Washington

How far can you make your budget stretch? Learn from Latisha Williams, the Frugalicious Diva and Tasha Davis of I LUV 2 Coupon how to get the most for your money with couponing and so much more.

Family Fun on a Budget

Apr. 24 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Holland
Apr. 24 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Lagrange

Kat Tomasewski will present tips for families on how to utilize all of Toledo’s fun amenities (Toledo Museum of Art, Libraries, Metroparks, etc.) to their fullest potential while staying within their family budget.

Pizza Plus: Money Smart Teen

Apr. 25 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Oregon

Did someone say Pizza? Enjoy a great after school snack while learning to be smart with your hard earned money.

Salary Negotiations with Toledo AAUW

Apr. 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Heatherdowns

Does you salary reflect what you think you're worth? Do you get raises when you ask for them? If the answer is no - you need to learn the art of salary negotiation.

Financial Apps

Apr. 26 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Heatherdowns

There's an app for everything - but finding good ones is sometimes hard to do. And finding safe and secure apps for dealing with your finances is a must. Join us to explore some of the best around.

Demystifying Investing

Apr. 26 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | King Road

Do you have the skills to invest with confidence? If not this may be just what you need to start you on the path to investing smarts as you learn how to research potential investments.

Success Principles for Work!

Apr. 28 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Heatherdowns

Life Coach Wendy Easler will get you started to unleash the power of goal setting, sustain and take action toward your goals, and build stronger self-esteem and relationships.

Popular Questions About Money

As adults, we sometimes find ourselves in financial situations in which we seemingly cannot explain or find resolutions. Some familiar questions may be:

Why does credit seem to stop me from getting the home I want or the job or education?

What is credit?

Where is all my money going?

How did I get into all this debt?

And even more, why does it seem that when it comes to love and money, it’s a never ending game that just can’t be won?


Well, there is information out there to help explain personal finance and assist adults in resolving their financial concerns. And here, at the Library, our Spending Smarter events can connect you to the resources that will assist you in resolving your financial concerns.

So join us at the Second Annual Financial Fair to find the answers to your questions!

Librarians have come together to create a list of resources that are credible and connect you to community organizations and personal finance experts trained to coach adults to succeed in reaching their financial goals. And there will even be a movie that journeys deep inside the American style of debt. Join us! It’s all free!


Excellence in Reference and Adult Services

Did you know the Toledo Lucas County Public Library was selected as the 2018 winner of the Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, for the Living Better, Spending Smarter page? As a one-stop shop for personal finance, investment and referral information for northwest Ohio, Living Better, Spending Smarter was developed in collaboration by Melissa Jeter, Adult Services Librarian and Linda Koss, Grant Specialist, Business Technology Services, with the idea that vetted, full text information would available in an online environment, rather than a traditional bibliography.

While they respect the in-depth information of printed works, they know that many people needing financial information prefer getting it immediately, without any further steps in information gathering. Living Better, Spending Smarter allows them to do this with trusted sources that are updated in a timely fashion. It can be used by librarians as well as the patrons of the library.

As a result of a survey of librarians, it was uncovered that they felt uncomfortable with their grasp of library materials, and uncertain of local referral resources. They worked to create an online guide that would pull together information about the library's online resources, reliable, free sources from the Internet, and a listing of local financial resources to which they could refer their customers. In addition, collaboration was made with community organizations focused on financial literacy to create a resource that would be a clearinghouse for local resources with the follow-up instructions to update the information regularly. Moreover, they researched financial consumer information from state and federal organizations.

Thus, the information that is included in the resource is information that is currently in use by personal finance, consumer advocates of organizations such as the Federal Trace Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), as well as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Melissa Jeter conducts reference services, including assistance with computers and e-readers and tablets, implements programming, including book discussions on current and relevant social issues. She keeps abreast of possible information needs of adult users through reference and program activities, conducts research, and develops corresponding programming. She has recently published the following financial literacy articles/chapters to contribute to the profession of librarianship:

Linda Koss is the creator of No Free Money, a website on finding legitimate financial resources for individuals. She presented programs on searching for individual funding for the Ohio Library Council's regional conferences in 2006. She has also published articles in the following publications:

Linda was also the head of TLCPL's Financial Literacy Committee from 2014-2017, and headed the ALA/FINRA Foundation's "Smart Investing @ Your Library" FINRA grant program, and the FINRA Foundation's "Thinking Money" exhibit in Toledo. Along with Melissa Jeter, she gave presentations at Ohio Library Council's regional conferences on financial literacy. She writes a regular column, "In the Trenches," for her union's newsletter.

Established in 1990, the RUSA Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services, sponsored by ReferenceUSA is a citation and $1,500* monetary award presented to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. The award will be presented at RUSA’s President’s Program, featuring Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, on Saturday, June 23 at ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. Additionally, on July 18, RUSA will host a free, moderated webinar to feature a Q&A with the winners to learn of their outstanding legacies and contributions to librarianship.

The selection committee includes: Suzanne Odom (Chair), Phillip Ballo, Rebecca Jackson and Kelly S. Janousek.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need.

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