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Your Library Connection: Get Money Smart!

Money Smart Week is April 20-27!


For the first time, the Independence Public Library is participating in Money Smart Week, from April 20-27!  Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances by providing free seminars and activities.  The library is working with the ISU Extension in Buchanan County and Money Smart through the Cedar Valley to offer four events in Independence.

In anticipation of Money Smart Week, Ben Franklin will visit the Independence Public Library. Kids ages  four and up are invited to Discovery Time to hear Ben talk about how important it is to save and invest wisely.  He will also hand out a "Be Money Smart" comic book to each child.  This program will be on Monday, April 15, at 6:30 pm at the library.

There will be three programs for adults about saving, spending, insuring your future, and couponing!  The first program held during Money Smart Week will be Couponing with Tracy Freese on Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30.  Freese is from US Bank in Waterloo, and will speak on Ad Matching and Couponing. She will show you how to cut your grocery bill in half.

Another approach to saving money will be presented Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm, also at the library.  Author Sarah Baker will speak at the Independence Public Library about her family's experience during their spending strike.   The family went a month spending money only on mortgage, utilities, insurance, and gas to go to and from work!   Baker will share ways to spend less, save more, and live better. Following the presentation will be a time for questions and answers and a book signing for Spending Strike.

The final program in Independence for Money Smart Week will be held at Heartland Acres.  Amber Hunt, Administrator of ABCM Rehabilitation Center of Independence, will speak at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 25.  During her presentation, "Protecting Your Resources: When should you consider buying long-term care insurance?" she will discuss the costs of short- and long-term care insurance.  She will also explore scenarios when long-term care insurance is a good investment and the difference between Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans.

There are many other worthwhile events in the Cedar Valley for Money Smart Week.  Topics like teaching children to save, investment planning, Social Security, credit, and energy savings are all being offered in various locations.   Find out more by going to the website

Speaking of finances, the library will also have a panel discussion of investors at the library on May 14 at 6:30 pm.  Several local professionals will talk about what you need to know and answer questions from the audience.  This will be the final program for our Smart Investing Series.

Everyone is welcome to these programs.  Arm yourself with information that will help you be money smart!  If you have any questions, please contact the library at 319-334-2470.  You can also visit us on Facebook!