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March 31, 2014

I M M E D I A T E  R E L E A S E

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Pat Ryan
Jefferson County Library Cooperative

-Public Libraries to Host Financial Education Programs -

Jefferson County, AL – Several local libraries will participate in Money Smart Week @ your library, taking place April 5-12. Money Smart Week®, is a partnership initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, with a goal to expand awareness regarding finances across the country. Through this program, libraries will present programs for all ages and all stages of life related to personal financial literacy.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country in hopes of stressing the importance of financial literacy, informing consumers about where they can get help, and providing free educational seminars and activities throughout the week.

The Public Libraries In Jefferson County will participate in Money Smart Week® in conjunction with the Smart investing@your library® programs that have been offered as a result of being awarded a grant to develop financial education programs by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association, the grant program supports public libraries across the country in their efforts to meet financial education needs at the community level.

“It is never too early to start learning about the best ways to create good financial habits,” said Pat Ryan, Executive Director of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative. “A number of local libraries are excited to offer a variety of financial resources and programs during April 5-12 as a part of Money Smart Week®.”

The following events will take place during Money Smart Week® :

ABCs of Personal Finance with Ruth Brock
Mon, April 7, 11am – 12pm
North Birmingham Regional Library (Birmingham Public Library)

Essentials for a Small Business Toolbox – Sponsored by Operation Hope & United Way
Thu, April 8, 12pm-1pm
Leeds Public Library

John Kottmeyer - Managing & Eliminating Debt
Tue, April 8, 6pm – 7pm
Trussville Public Library

Juggling Money with Ron Anglin – Family Event
Tue, April 8, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Vestavia Hills Public Library

Money Smart Week Storytime
Wed, April 9, 10am – 11am
Bessemer Public Library

Couponing Basics with Heather Lebischak
Wed, April 9, 10:30am – 11:30am
Five Points West Regional Library (Birmingham Public Library)

Women & Money - Dr. Stephanie Yates
Thu, April 10, 12pm – 1pm
Bessemer Public Library

Public Library Essentials for a Small Business Toolbox Sponsored by Operation Hope & United Way
Thu, April 10, 6pm – 7pm
Irondale Public Library

More information on each of the above listed events can be found on MakingCents provides free, unbiased information to help people of all ages, economic circumstances and cultural backgrounds make good financial decisions and plan for the future. It offers resources, both print and online, as well as seminars and programs to help anyone seeking to understand smart investing practices and to make the most of their money.

"Our website, includes details regarding upcoming programs, which will be taking place during Money Smart Week® and through May 21. There is also a short video about MakingCents," said Ryan. "With the information provided through MakingCents, anyone in our city and county will have the tools, information and knowledge to navigate a course to financial freedom."

About FINRA and ALA

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation and complementary compliance and technology-based services. FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business—from registering and educating all industry participants to examining securities firms, writing rules, enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws, informing and educating the investing public, providing trade reporting and other industry utilities, and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and firms. For more information, visit

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. For details about grant programs and other FINRA Foundation initiatives, visit

Established in 1876, the American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world. It strives to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. For more information, visit

Please check with your local public library or for program offerings and program updates. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The mission of the Public Libraries in Jefferson is to connect all citizens by providing resources and community-building opportunities that inspire life-long learning. The Public Libraries in Jefferson County have been cooperating since 1978 with 22 member libraries (40 locations).