• By Jason Alston
  • Posted Friday, March 25, 2011

Is It Time To Get Smart About Your Money?

Forsyth County Public Library, in conjunction with the American Library Association and other community partners, will commemorate national Money Smart Week by hosting three financial literacy programs the week of April 2-9, 2011.

We’re partnering with the American Library Association to offer Money Smart Week, a series of financial literacy and fiscal responsibility classes to be held at the library April 2-9.

  • “Fear Your Score No More: Successfully Managing Your Credit and Debt”
    Central Library, Monday, April 4th at 7:00 pm

    Presented by business and financial consultant Bryan Lawlor and certified public accountant John Dunn. Lawlor and Dunn have delivered programs on credit, debt, investing and financial literacy to college students at UNCG for a number of years. “Fear Your Score No More”, however, will be tailored to people of all ages, and there will be opportunities for the public to ask questions of the presenters. Light refreshments will be served. This program is co-sponsored by the Delta Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated in Winston-Salem.
  • "You’ve Earned It, Now Protect It”
    Reynolda Manor Branch, Thursday, April 7th at 10:30 am

    Corporal Charles Sayers of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will present “You Earned It, Now Protect It: Defending Yourself Against Scams, Fraud and ID Theft”. Corporal Sayers, who works with crime prevention initiatives in the sheriff’s office, will teach attendees how to avoid becoming victims of identity theft and scams, as well as what steps to take if you believe you or someone you know could be the victim of a scam or identity theft. Corporal Sayers will also take questions from the public.
  • “Homeownership, Foreclosure & The Law”
    Central Library, Friday, April 8th at 10:00 am

    John Lawson, an attorney with the Legal Aid-North Carolina Society of Northwest North Carolina will present “Homeownership, Foreclosure & the Law.” Lawson will share information that will help homeowners who are frustrated by their dealings with bankers and mortgage servicers. This program will include a question and answer session.

Library information about financial resources will also be available at all Money Smart Week programs. A sampling of financial resources available from the library include: investment tools such as Value Line and Morningstar, financial newspapers such as “Financial Times”, the “Wall Street Journal” and “Investors’ Business Daily”, and grant-seeking resources such as Foundation Grants to Individuals and Foundation Directory Online. Free tax assistance for senior citizens and low-income individuals and families is also available at the library through mid-April.

All Money Smart Week programs are free and open to the public. Additional programs may be added to the current schedule so watch our website or sign up for breaking Library news, information and programs through Twitter.

For updates or more information about the three programs listed above, or to find out more about the Library’s financial resources contact Jason Alston at (336) 703-3026 or alstonjk@forsythlibrary.org.

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