Posted On: March 13, 2019
The Volusia County Public Library system will host special financial programs in recognition of Money Smart Week, March 30 through April 6.
The free programs will address a variety of topics including investing, retirement, credit, debt and savings. Reservations are not required unless otherwise indicated. Many of the programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information about the programs, visit www.volusialibrary.org.
Money Smart Week, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association, is a national public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
Daytona Beach Regional Library
105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach
Foundation grants for individuals online: Noon Saturday, March 30. Librarian Lorri Davis will lead a free workshop for students, artists, researchers and other persons seeking funds from foundations, corporations and grant-making public charities. Participants can preview and use the Foundation Center’s Online database, which provides information on more than 8,500 grant makers that support individual grant projects. Seating is limited. Reserve your space by registering at www.volusialibrary.org or calling 386-257-6036.
“Mussels, Coins and Posting Lines – The Cultural History of Money”: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. From coins to bank notes to virtual money, currency is one of the most important factors in the economic, societal and social development of civilization. This 52-minute documentary travels to finance hotspots, from London to Frankfurt, to illuminate the cultural history of money.
Cooking for two: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Can it be fast, frugal and fun? You bet! This introduction to cooking for two by Chef Warren Caterson is filled with kitchen tips and cooking hints. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.
Savings 101: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Scott Doss, a financial literacy coordinator for Fifth Third Bank, will discuss the basics of saving your hard-earned cash.
Social Security 101: 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4. Whether you're estimating future benefits or managing current ones, you can do it at My Social Security, www.ssa.gov/mysocialsecurity. Blanca Taylor, a public affairs specialist with the Orlando Social Security Administration office, will demonstrate how the website works and will answer your benefits questions.
“Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 1”: 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4. This Frontline documentary explains how financial engineering on Wall Street brought the global economy to its knees and investigates how the country's leaders failed to prevent an oncoming crisis and ended up initiating the largest government bailout in history.
“Money, Power and Wall Street, Part 2”: 2 p.m. Friday, April 5. Barack Obama takes office in the midst of the worst economic crisis in 80 years. To the surprise of many, he adopts a strategy to help the very Wall Street firms that plunged the American economy into chaos.
Estate planning: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Attorney Mike Pyle of Pyle, Dellinger & Duz will discuss the basics and explain what you need to know to ensure your final property and health care wishes are honored and loved ones are cared for in your absence.
DeBary Public Library
200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary
DeLand Regional Library
130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand
Elder law: 11 a.m. Monday, April 1. An attorney from the Akin Law Firm will discuss planning for incapacity, powers of attorney, nursing homes, Medicaid issues, and appointing decision makers for health care and finance.
Funeral facts: 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Terry Lowe, a licensed family services counselor for Lankford Funeral Home, will discuss advance funeral planning. Topics will include the average costs of funeral arrangements, preplanning, arrangement options and the evolution of the industry. He will take questions after his presentation.
Solar Power 101: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Are you interested in solar energy for your home or business? From financing to technology, a representative from the Solar United Neighbors of Florida will explain the benefits, risks and cost of going solar.
“Payback: A Poetic Exploration of Debt”: 1 p.m. Friday, April 5. This documentary explores debt in its various forms: economic, societal, personal, environmental, spiritual and criminal.
Deltona Regional Library
2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona
Craft swap: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30. Reduce the stash of craft supplies you no longer need and take home some “new” supplies. Bring beads, ribbon, fabric, buttons, yarn, and other craft materials to trade.
Gift card holder: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2. Make and embellish gift card holders in the library’s paper crafts lab.
Social Security 101: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Blanca Taylor of the Social Security Administration will answer your retirement and disability questions.
Cut the cable cord: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3. Librarian Jeff Seiler will offer tips and answer your questions about alternatives to cable and satellite TV.
Financial Q-and-A: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4. Alexandra Sexton, a financial adviser from Edward Jones Investments, will answer your financial questions about budgeting, managing debt, investments, taxes, insurance and retirement planning.
DIY household cleaners: 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Make three natural, affordable cleaning products using simple pantry ingredients. Supplies are limited, and registration is required.
Edgewater Public Library
103 W. Indian River Blvd.
Credit Score 101: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. David Jiminez of the Launch Federal Credit Union will discuss the basics of credit scores and explain how you can build or improve your score and where you can find your score.
Digital budgeting tips: 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Are you new to digital budgeting, or would you like to learn some new tricks? Librarian Carly Leonard will explain the ins and outs of Excel budgeting and share some online banking do’s and don’ts.
Spring cleaning savings: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6. Learn how to make a linen spray and homemade cleaning product during this month’s edition of Spa-turday. Participants will go home with instructions and a sample. Registration is required.
John H. Dickerson Heritage Library
411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach
Cut the cable: 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 1. Library Assistant Nathan Hutchins will discuss alternatives to cable.
Bank on it: 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Christina Oltean of Wells Fargo will teach teens the basics of banking from choosing the right bank to opening an account and tracking transactions.
Paying for college: 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Christina Oltean of Wells Fargo will explain what is needed to help pay for college tuition and other expenses.
Lake Helen Public Library
221 N. Euclid Ave., Lake Helen
New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach
“The Money Pit”: 2 p.m. Monday, April 1. A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house. Rated PG, 91 minutes.
Six mistakes retirees make: 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Andrew Schorr of the RLK Advisory Group will discuss the six mistakes retirees make with their finances. The errors revolve around understanding investment fees, recognizing opportunities to increase income, understanding historical market trends, life expectancy, annuity considerations, and long-term care.
Make a piggy bank: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4. Adults can decorate a mason jar using the library’s supplies.
Home financing and refinancing: 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Seniors can pick up some advice from Bill Gall and Pam Crawford of Center State Bank. The bankers will explain the various avenues for obtaining a new mortgage or taking advantage of the equity in their current home, the ins and outs of cash-out refinances, home equity lines of credit, and reverse mortgages.
How go obtain your free credit rating: 10 a.m. Friday, April 5. David Jimenez, a business development specialist for Launch Credit Union, will share information on how to understand and improve your credit score and the effects of a poor credit score on your financial reputation.
Oak Hill Public Library
125 E. Halifax Ave., Oak Hill
Paint a piggy bank: 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6. Children of all ages can let their creativity roam free and start saving with cute painted piggy banks. Supplies are limited, and registration is suggested.
Orange City Public Library
148 Albertus Way, Orange City
Save, save, save: 3 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Children ages 5 to 12 can make an Uncle Scrooge money bin craft and take part in storytime.
Ormond Beach Regional Library
30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach
Know your credit score: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2. David Jiminez from Launch Federal Credit Union will explain what you need to know about your personal credit score. He will explain what a credit score is, then provide information on how to improve your score and the consequences of what a poor score can do to your financial reputation.
Six mistakes retirees make: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Andrew Schorr of the RLK Advisory Group comes to talk about the six mistakes retirees make with their finances. He will address each of the mistakes and offer ideas on how to prevent them from happening.
Port Orange Regional Library
1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange
Personal branding: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Cheryl Henchar of Cheryl’s Creative Services will explain the seven things you should have in your marketing toolbox to help you stand out from the crowd. Topics will include etiquette, building partnerships, email marketing, social media platforms and goal setting.
Credit 101: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Credit can be your friend or your enemy. Financial Wellness Coordinator Scott Doss will explain what credit means, why it is important, how to clean up bad credit, and how to establish good credit.
Make a piggy bank: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3. Adults can paint and decorate a snail piggy bank. Supplies will be provided, but space is limited. Call 386-322-5152, option 4, to register.
Six mistakes retirees make: 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4. Andrew Schorr of the RLK Advisory Group will discuss annuities, historical market trends, life expectancy, investment fees, and other financial topics.
Savings 101: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Financial Wellness Coordinator Scott Doss will explain how to create a budgeting process that will get you on track to meet your own personal financial goals. You will learn how to save – no matter your income level, amount of debt, or fear of the process.
Estate planning and how to avoid probate: 11 a.m. Friday, April 5. Elder law attorney Randal L. Schecter will share essential information about estate planning in Florida. Schecter has been in practice for 33 years; he is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.
“Mr. Deeds Goes to Town”: 2 p.m. Friday, April 5. Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), a small-town poet, inherits $20 million from his uncle and wants to give it away to needy people. Petty moochers, greedy relatives, conniving lawyers and big executives, who all want a piece of the pie, attempt to have Deeds declared incompetent in this 1936 film. Unrated, 115 minutes.