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Libraries plan financial programs

Posted On: April 3, 2018

The Volusia County Public Library system will host special financial programs in recognition of Money Smart Week, April 21 to 28.

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, 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.
 

DeBary Public Library
200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary
386-668-3835


Family finances: 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Audrey Wilder and Becca Mitchell, certified financial educators from Primerica Financial Services, will provide information about budgeting, saving and planning for retirement. Children, teens and adults are invited.

Children’s programs:

  • Let's go to the store! 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Toddlers and preschoolers will learn how to shop wisely during this money smart storytime.
  • Tiny tinkers: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Toddlers and preschoolers will make a piggy bank and play a grocery store matching game.
  • Spend your money wisely: 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Students in grades K-5 will explore smart money choices and learn engineering principles by building a coin bridge.
     

DeLand Regional Library
130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand
386-822-6430

Six mistakes retirees make with their finances: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Wealth adviser Andrew Schorr of the RLK Advisory Group will discuss the most common mistakes retirees make with their finances and how to avoid them.

Starting a business in Florida: 10 a.m. Monday, April 23. This two-hour workshop from SCORE is for new entrepreneurs or those considering starting their own small business. It will be presented by David Shifflett, a certified SCORE mentor.

Budgeting fundamentals: 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Explore the basic concepts of budgeting and learn how to create and use an Excel spreadsheet to look at your spending and saving habits. This workshop will also introduce participants to free and useful money apps.

Go green to save green: 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Lisa Hamilton of the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will share tips to save money, energy and the planet.

Couponing class: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Mary Edwards of Couponers United will explain how to save money on your grocery bill by pairing sales with coupons. She will also describe local coupon policies.

Cybersecurity and avoiding scams: 10 a.m. Friday, April 27. An officer from the DeLand Police Department will offer tips to improve your cybersecurity and avoid computer scams. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Youth programs:

  • MakerLab: 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 23. Children ages 5-12 will think outside the box to solve money related STEAM challenges.
  • Bilingual storytime/La hora del cuento: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Children ages 2-5 will learn money related terms in Spanish by participating in stories, rhymes, songs and activities.
  • Shadow box savings bank: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Teens in middle and high school can design a shadow box saving bank. They can use it to deposit their spare change and watch their savings grow.
  • Little readers storytime: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26. Children ages 2-5 will have fun with numbers as they participate in stories, rhymes, songs and activities.
  • Kawaii cup bank craft: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Children ages 5-12 can create kawaii cup banks, where they can keep their spare change. 


Deltona Regional Library
2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona
386-789-7207

DIY household cleaners: 2 p.m. Monday, April 23. Make three natural, affordable cleaning products using simple pantry ingredients. Supplies are limited, and reservations are required.

Six mistakes retirees make with their finances: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Andrew Schorr, a wealth adviser with the RLK Advisory Group, will offer tips to stretch your retirement dollars. Topics will include investment fees, historical market trends, life expectancy, annuity considerations and long-term care.

Save water, save money: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25. Stop by the Lyonia Environmental Center booth in the library’s main lobby. Environmental specialists will explain how to save money through conservation and efficiency. Free novelty items will be available while supplies last.

What’s cooking at the library? 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Staff will look at tips from the book, “Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half,” by Steve and Annette Economides. Sample “Steve’s killer pancakes,” the authors’ favorite scratch pancake recipe. Bring your favorite pancake topping to share. Samples are limited, and reservations are required. 

Youth programs:

  • The science of money: 3 p.m. Monday, April 23. Families can learn how money is made and have fun with money experiments.
  • Learning to count: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24. Toddlers will learn about the numbers 1-5 through stories, songs and rhymes. This program is for ages 1½ to 3 years.
  • College prep 101: 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Gather information about preparing for your first year of college. Find out what items you really need to bring with you, try your hand at dorm room cooking, and gather information on financial aid. This program is for students in grades 9-12 and their parents.
  • What is money? 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Children ages 3-5 will learn to recognize and count coins and a dollar bill. They will also receive play money to purchase materials for a craft project.
  • Money fun: 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Children in grades K-5 can learn about using money through games and activities.
  • Shopping skills: 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Students in grades 6-12 can test their money skills with games like Cashier vs. Shopper and Supermarket Sweep.
  • Crazy 8s club: 2:45 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Children in grades K-5 can have fun with the math of money. 


Edgewater Public Library
103 W. Indian River Blvd., Edgewater
386-424-2916

Organized eating: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Save money, save time and reduce stress with organized eating tips. Guest speaker Louise Schneberger will share smart eating and shopping suggestions and offer a tasty sample. Registration is required. Register online at www.volusialibrary.org.   

Youth programs:

  • Preschool palooza: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24. Children ages 3-5 will make a piggy bank craft and focus on counting.     
  • Crafternoon: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Adults, teens and families can decorate a piggy bank so they can store their savings in style. All supplies will be provided. Register online at www.volusialibrary.org.
  • Toddler time: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. This program, for children from birth to 3 years, includes stories, songs, sing-alongs and special activities. This week's theme focuses on counting.
     

John H. Dickerson Heritage Library
411 S. Keech St., Dayto
na Beach
386-239-6478

Deal or no deal: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26. Adults 18 and up can test whether they have what it takes to make the right decisions for a deal. The interactive game is based on the TV game show. Real money and prizes are not involved.

Youth program:

  • Credit card challenge: Children in elementary and middle school can apply for a Money Smart Week library credit card and begin earning rewards by completing daily library challenges. They can redeem their rewards for items from the library store during Money Smart Week or save for the final reward activity at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28. Applications will be taken from April 21 to 23. All challenges and earnings will take place from April 23 to 27. 


Lake Helen Public Library
221 N. Euclid Ave., Lake Helen
386-228-1152

Food for thought: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Adults can celebrate Money Smart Week by making a canning jar piggy bank and sampling a budget-friendly meal guaranteed not to break the bank. Registration is required. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Youth programs:

  • Teen Thursday: 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Youths from 11 to 18 can create a piggy bank and play money related board games like Life and Monopoly.
  • Bedtime storytime: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. All ages are invited to stop by for storybooks, magnetic stories and music with a money smart theme.
  • Little readers storytime: 10 a.m. Friday, April 27. Children ages 18 months to 5 years can stop by for storybooks, magnetic stories and music with a money smart theme.


New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach
386-424-2910

Cutting the cable cord: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Are you tired of paying a large cable bill? With new options available to stream television, many people save money each month by canceling their cable subscription. Doug Holton will explain what you need to start streaming television.

“Trading Places”: 2 p.m. Monday, April 23. Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd star in this 1983 movie, which is rated R.

Six mistakes retirees make with their finances: 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Andrew Schorr, a wealth adviser with the RLK Advisory Group, will discuss ways to stretch your retirement dollars. Topics will include investment fees, historical market trends, life expectancy, annuity considerations and long-term care.   

Identity theft: 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Shana Guidry of Regions Bank will explain how to protect your finances and personal information from identity theft.

Youth programs:

  • “Boss Baby”: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21. A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. in this PG film.
  • Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24. Saving and counting themed stories are enhanced with action songs, flannels and finger-plays in this program for children ages 2-6 and their caregivers. Participants will take part in a piggy bank tube craft and practice coloring, cutting and gluing. 
  • Lego challenge: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Children in grades K-6 will be challenged to build a bank, piggy bank or other items pertaining to saving money. Their Lego constructions will be displayed in the library throughout the week.
  • Baby time: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Counting is the theme for this early learning program for babies, proving it’s never too soon to start. Little ones from birth to age 2 and their caregivers will enjoy this gentle introduction to rhyme, clapping, stories and other babies. 
  • Art aces: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Children in grades K-6 will learn the value of saving by creating a recycled paper tree. An introductory book on money and saving will be presented. 
  • Listen up: 10 a.m. Thursday, April 26. Children ages 2-6 and their caregivers can listen and learn while a librarian shares books, flannels and songs about counting and sharing
  • Shake it up! 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26. Numbers and counting set to music are the stars of this action and movement program for children ages 2-6 and their caregivers. 
  • Customize a piggy bank:  3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Students in grades K-12 can customize their own ceramic piggy bank using various art supplies, which are provided. Registration is required.


Oak Hill Public Library
125 E. Halifax Ave., Oak Hill
386-345-5510

Family craft night: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Families can make and decorate wooden banks as they discuss ways to save for a special occasion.

Youth programs:

  • Toddler storytime: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 24. Preschoolers will learn about money by shopping at the library market. The activity will include stories, songs and crafts about money.
  • After-school activity: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Kids ages 5-12 can make duct tape money clips and learn about earning and saving money.
     

Orange City Public Library
148 Albertus Way, Orange City
386-775-5270

Youth program:

  • Piggy bank craft: 3 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Children ages 5-12 will make a piggy bank so they can save like Scrooge McDuck. 
     

Ormond Beach Regional Library
30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach
386-767-4191

Personal credit scores: 9 a.m. Monday, April 23. James Chung from Regions Bank will explain how personal credit scores are determined.

Financial topics: 2 p.m. Monday, April 23. Andrew Schorr of the RLK Advisory Group will discuss the time horizon, long-term care, historical market trends, annuity considerations, investment fees and increasing income.

Get answers to your financial questions: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. David Holland of Holland Financial will answer questions about financial matters. He hosts “Plan Stronger” on WDSC Channel 15 on Sunday and Monday evenings and has written two books that are available in the library. 

Reverse mortgages: 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Mike Peerless, reverse mortgage director for Holland Financial, will discuss the pros and cons of reverse mortgages.

Couponing 101: Noon Wednesday, April 25. Librarian Ruth Knochel will discuss the value and levels of couponing. 

Youth programs:

  • Money smart games: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 23. Students in grades 6-8 can take part in finance-themed games, including “Cashier vs. Shopper” and “Budget Supermarket Sweep.”
  • Wiggly walkers: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24; and 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Beginning walkers will take part in stories, songs and counting rhymes with the theme, "1-2-3 Count with Me!" 
  • Toddler time: 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24; and 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26. Toddlers can take part in “money week” stories, songs, and counting activities. 
  • Baby and me storytime: 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Babies who haven’t begun to walk can enjoy stories, songs and counting rhymes with the theme "1-2-3 Count with Me!" 
  • Pre-K storytime: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26. Stories, songs and activities will focus on money, shopping and counting.
     

Pierson Public Regional Library
115 N. Volusia Ave., Pierson
386-749-6930

Creating cash envelopes: April 23 through 27. Children and adults of all ages can stop by throughout the day to create and decorate special envelopes for storing cash.   
 

Port Orange Regional Library
1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange
386-322-5152

Outsmart the scammers: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Incidents of fraud are on the rise, and scammers' tactics are becoming more complex. Tiffany Kuzma, a financial adviser for Edward Jones, will explain how to spot red flags. She will also discuss the resources you can turn to if you are targeted and steps you can take now to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

Six mistakes retirees make with their finances: 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Andrew Schorr of the RLK Advisory Group will discuss annuities, historical market trends, life expectancy, investment fees and more.

How to travel on a budget: 2 p.m. Friday, April 27. With years of experience in the travel industry and a knack for planning travel experiences for large groups, local travel agent Lauren Morris will explain how to stick to a budget without sacrificing exciting experiences.

“Confessions of a Shopaholic”: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29. This PG film focuses on a college graduate who lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City, where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur.

Teen programs (for ages 11-17):

  • Money smart trivia: 4 p.m. Monday, April 23. Play a money smart trivia game and find out how much you know about money.
  • Duct tape wallets: 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Make a simple and trendy wallet to stash your cash.
  • Money saving tips: 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. A representative from PNC Bank will talk about financial literacy and share money saving tips to prepare teens for the future.
  • Designing money: 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Design your own version of a dollar bill. The best design wins a prize.  
  • Paint a piggy bank: 4 p.m. Friday, April 27. Learn how and why to save money while you paint a piggy bank.

Children’s programs:

  • Toddler storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24. This storytime, designed for children ages 2-3, will share information about money, shopping and counting through songs, stories and movement activities.
  • Preschool storytime: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Children ages 3-5 can learn about money, shopping and counting through songs, stories and movement activities.
  • STEAM explorers: 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Children in grades K-5 can learn about money through hands-on activities focused on science and math. They will explore how money is created and how to spend it wisely.
  • Mother Goose storytime: 9:45 a.m. Thursday, April 26. This special storytime about counting is designed for lap babies who are not yet walking and their caregivers. The program will feature books, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, music, bouncing, clapping, sensory activities and bubbles.
  • Tiny tot storytime: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26. Designed for babies who are just beginning to walk up until 24 months, this program will use books, rhymes, music, toys, movement and sensory activities related to money.
  • Money craft Saturday: All day Saturday, April 28. Kids of all ages can stop by the children’s room throughout the day to create a special money-themed craft.

Learn more about the Volusia County Public Library system at www.volusialibrary.org.