Money Smart Week @ the Fairfield Public Library

Most of us could use a little extra financial know-how. In an effort to help with that, this is the second year the Fairfield Public Library is celebrating Money Smart Week @ your library (April 18-25). Money Smart Week is a national initiative to further financial literacy. During Money Smart Week the Library is offering three programs and is happy to extend the learning with three additional programs the following week.

Understanding Energy Efficient Programs for Homes and Small Businesses, Tuesday April 21, 6-8:30 p.m., Fairfield Woods Branch Library, 1147 Fairfield Woods Road. This will be an informational program about how to lower your home or business energy bill. Representatives from United Illuminating, Nex-Gen and Astrum Solar will present.

Estate Planning 101: Breaking Down the Legalese, Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m., Rotary Room, Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Learn the basics about estate planning and probate administration so that you can chart your own estate and financial future. Durable power of attorney, an omnibus health care document, potential benefits of long term health insurance and a brief overview of the probate process are just some of the topics to be discussed. Fairfield lawyer Christine M. Niedermeier will lead this presentation.

Understanding and Investing in the Stock Market, Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m., Rotary Room, Main Library. Learn about investing in stocks, bonds and mutual funds and how to understand financial information available in the media. Find out the critical components of managing a portfolio designed to manage your financial needs through different stages of life. Rick Bolton returns to reprise this popular program. An educator and former investment adviser, he is completing his doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Registration is requested for all programs.

Money Smart Week @ your library is a partnership between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago through which libraries provide financial literacy programs for all stages of life. Money Smart partners will be hosting their events April 18-25, and here at the Fairfield Public Library we are extending our programming into the next week. Additional programs include “Join the Revolution: Cut the Cord” on April 27; “Adult Financial Literacy” on April 28; and “Financial Literacy for Tweens and Teens: Parents Welcome Too!” on April 30.

And for some more fun and learning, play Dash for the Stash from April 15 to May 15. Dash for the Stash is a financial literacy contest sponsored by the State Securities Administrator and the Investor Protection Institute. This investment game is played by using your smart phone or tablet and a set of four posters that will be displayed at the Library. Everyone can learn something about investing and one lucky player will win $1,000 for a retirement account. Visit the Library to start playing.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information on this and other programs, visit us online at: www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter: www.twitter.com/fairfieldpublib and Facebook: www.facebook.com/fairfieldlibrary.

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