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Money Smart Week to educate residents on financial fitness.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:00 am

The Springfield-Greene County Library District is planning Money Smart Week April 20 through April 27 to educate residents about being smart consumers. Four events are scheduled for the Republic Branch Library throughout the week.

Springfield-Greene County Business Librarian Jana Dimond has planned the program in Greene County.

“It’s basically a public awareness campaign to have a bunch of financial literacy programs for the public,” she said.

The week will include a variety of programs for children, teens and adults.

Everything from identity theft and couponing classes for adults to a bunny money story time are on the week’s agenda.

Dimond said the subject at hand is something that affects everyone.

“I think this is a topic that everybody probably should be concerned about,” Dimond said. “Tough economic times recently maybe have brought this more to the forefront of most people’s minds.”

Kristan Hart will be teaching the couponing class with her business partner.

“It’s important because people have to be mindful of their budget,” she said.

While most bills are like mortgages and car payments and don’t change, Hart said consumers can control how much groceries cost each month. During the class, she will teach the basics of finding, organizing and using coupons.

TelComm Credit Union’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Lori Johnson will teach a class on identity theft during Money Smart Week.

“The more knowledge people have about how to best protect themselves, the better it is for everyone,” Johnson said.

Usually in the identity theft class there will be people who have been victims and there will be people who are concerned about the possibility. Johnson said the combination of people usually creates a dialogue within the class.

She said the goal of the class is to provide students with a few tools that will ease concerns.

Republic Branch Library Manager Geri Olmstead said Money Smart Week is intended to help residents become smarter consumers.

“We partner with different financial institutions and the idea is just to promote smart money choices and the resources you can use at the library and in the community,” Olmstead said.

Money Smart Week events scheduled for the Republic Branch Library are as follows:

• Coupon 101: Introduction to Couponing

April 22, 7 p.m.

Learn how to find and use coupons efficiently and effectively. Presented by Simple Organized Savings.

• Making Cents in the City

April 23, 6 p.m.

Students in fourth through eighth grade will play games and learn fun ways to manage money and stretch dollars. Girl Scouts will complete activities that will count toward the Financial Literacy badge. Presented by Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.

• Bunny Money Storytime

April 24, 10 a.m.

Children ages 1 through 6 will learn about money smarts from Max and Ruby. Presented by the Republic Branch Library staff.

• Preventing Identity Theft

April 25, 6:30 p.m.

Learn what identity theft is and how to protect yourself. Presented by TelComm Credit Union.

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