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Money Smart Week®

Richland Library is hosting Dollars and Sense, a series of five free financial programs during Money Smart Week® South Carolina, April 20-27, 2013.

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign to promote financial literacy across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the American Library Association and the Financial Planning Association. More than 3,000 free, financial literacy programs are offered nationwide during Money Smart Week® on topics ranging from budgeting to saving for college and retirement. Events are coordinated and hosted by partnering organizations including local banks, universities, government agencies, community groups and libraries. To learn more about Money Smart Week® or programs in your area, please visit

Richland Library's programs were made possible by a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority(FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association(ALA) through Smart Investing@Your Library. Please see Growing Savers@Richland Library for additional information.

The Dollars and Sense series includes:

Financial Fitness 101

Tips and resources on how to budget, save and manage money with financial expert, Karen R. Jenkins.

6:30 p.m., Monday, April 22


A Roof Over Your Head

Is apartment living a good fit for you or is it time to purchase a home? What are the cost comparisons? Learn what you need to consider when renting, purchasing or refinancing a home. Presented by Karen R. Jenkins.

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23


Don’t Pay the College Sticker Price

Learn to compare college costs, maximize need-based and merit aid and how to take advantage of education tax breaks. Presented by Professor Paul Smith of Newberry College.

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24


The Facts about Pay Day and Title Loans

A look at predatory lending and how to make informed decisions. Learn the dangers and pitfalls of these services. Presented by Professor Paul Smith.

6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25

North Main

Living Large on a Small Budget

Tips on savvy shopping, couponing, etc. Learn the benefits of shopping smartly and saving your money with Professor Paul Smith. There will also be a special segment on couponing with Tara Robinson.

3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27

St. Andrews