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More Money @ your library®, a Financial Literacy Program at the Houston Public Library

Learn to budget, plan for your retirement, manage your credit, build savings, or start a small business

During October 2011 the Houston Public Library’s More Money @ your library® program will be offering the last in the series of financial literacy classes for adults, children, and teens. Class participants will learn about budgeting, savings, banking and checking basics, identity theft, and much more. Classes will be presented by volunteers from various organizations. All classes are free and open to the public.

For more details visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313

For additional help with financial literacy, the Houston Public Library has created a great space on its website which includes suggested reading lists, books, periodicals and databases, class schedules, and links to other community resources. Also found here are self-guided education modules which are interactive, easy to use, and available in both Spanish and English.

Visit www.houstonlibrary.org/moremoney to access these and other resources.

More $ Money @ your library® has been funded by a Smart investing@ your library® grant through FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association.

More Money Events and Programs for Kids & Teens

Project Wee Savers
The Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. is proud to partner with the Houston Public Library and the Children’s Museum of Houston to present Project WEE SAVERS during a FREE Family Night event at the Children’s Museum. This is a highly interactive and engaging program for kids and teens aged 2-16. The program consists of age-specific financial literacy activities that will take place in three program rooms. Each session will begin on the hour and half hour.

Participants will experience the real life skills of basic investing and setting specific goals attainable through monitoring and mentoring of money and activities. All participants will receive a More Money @ your library® give-away at the end of the program (while supplies last).

Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz, Houston, TX 77004
Thursday, October 13 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Brownie Wants a New Bike
The Money Bunny himself, Brownie Bunny, comes to life as a hand puppet. Brownie introduces young students to the concept of saving, deciding what to buy, and distinguishing between wants and needs. Worksheet included. Grades K-1.

Ring Neighborhood Library
8835 Long Point, 77055 * 832-393-2000
Wednesday, October 12 | 10:30 a.m.

The Money Bunnies Take a Vacation
The Money Bunny himself, Brownie Bunny, comes to life in this program as a hand puppet. Travel with Brownie and his family as they go on a vacation and discover why saving for what you really want is so important. Students will discuss the types of spending choices they would make and how to set priorities. Worksheet included. Grades 2nd-3rd.

Pleasantville Neighborhood Library
1520 Gellhorn, 77029 * 832-393-2330
Wednesday, October 12 | 1 PM

Tuttle Neighborhood Library
702 Kress, 77020 * 832-393-2100
Wednesday, October 19 | 3:30 PM

Money Management International – Real Money 101
Young adults learn the basics of money management, banking services, financial investments, identity theft, debt management, and student loans. Ages: teens.

Mancuso Neighborhood Library
6767 Bellfort, 77087 * 832-393-1920
Tuesday, October 25 | 6 PM

More Money Events and Programs for Adults

East Side University Village Community Learning Center
Money Smart Financial Education Series

East Side University Village Community Learning Center, in partnership with the Houston Public Library and the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston, is pleased to offer a FREE series of Money Smart financial education workshops every Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m.

These workshops are designed to give individuals the tools they need to begin achieving financial stability and experience financial freedom. Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who attend all eight sessions.
October 11 | 10:30 a.m. – Pay Yourself First
October 18 | 10:30 a.m. – To Your Credit
October 25 | 10:30 a.m. – Charge It Right
November 1 | 10:30 a.m. – Money Matters
November 8 | 10:30 a.m. – Financial Recovery

Registration is strongly encouraged. To register, call Ms. Jimmie Green at 713-747-9255. East Side University Village Community Learning Center is located at 3614 Holman Street, 77004.

People’s Trust Federal Credit Union
Identity Theft and Scams: Don’t let the “Grinch” steal your good name and money this holiday season. Learn how to Deter-Detect-Defend and Avoid Identity Theft their goals. Workbook included.

Walter Neighborhood Library
7660 Clarewood, 77036 * 832-393-2500
Thursday, October 13 | 6 p.m.

HPL Express Southwest
6400 Highstar, 77074 * 832-393-2660
Tuesday, October 25 | 6 p.m.

How to Think Like a Financial Planner for your Retirement
Learn about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in regards to planning and preparing for your retirement. Presented by Houston Employees Municipal Pension

Carnegie Neighborhood Library
1050 Quitman, 77009 * 832-393-1720
Monday, October 17 | 5 p.m.

Smith Neighborhood Library
3624 Scott St., 77004 * 832-393-2050
Thursday, October 27 | 5 p.m.

Central Library
500 McKinney, 77002 * 832-393-1313
Tuesday, October 18 | 11 a.m.

Program may also include information regarding your pension if you are a City of Houston employee.
Money Management International

Building Savings: Ready for the Road Ahead
Every financial journey has some unexpected bumps along the way. Learn how to prepare for these bumps, and be ready with savings in an emergency cash reserve account. In addition, learn how savings is needed for specific goals and how, with a saving state of mind, most people can find ways to reach their goals. Workbook included.

Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library
4100 Montrose, 77006 * 832-393-1800
Saturday, October 8 | 3 p.m.

Young Neighborhood Library
5260 Griggs Road, Palm Center, 77021 * 832-393-2140
Saturday, October 22 | 4 p.m.

Creating Wealth: Stocking Up for the Long Haul
Few people have the resources to accomplish major goals, such as a down payment for a home, a college education, and retirement, without long-term investments. Discover how, by investing, you will be able to put the power of compounding to work for you and achieve higher rates of return than you can with savings. Risk, diversification, and asset allocation are discussed in the program.

Workbook included.
McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library
7405 Stella Link, 77025 * 832-393-2630
Monday, October 3 | 6:30 p.m.

Kendall Neighborhood Library
609 N. Eldridge, 77079 * 832-393-1880
Monday, October 17 | 6:30 p.m.

Jungman Neighborhood Library
5830 Westheimer, 77057 * 832-393-1860
Thursday, October 20 | 6 p.m.

Credit Reports and Credit Scores: Getting the Most Mileage from Credit
Your credit report and credit score, when used together, provide an inspection report of your past use of credit. Accurate information in your credit report is the key to obtaining the best credit terms and rates. Workbook included.

Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library
3223 Wilcrest, 77042 * 832-393-2011
Tuesday, October 4 | 6:30 p.m.
Morris Frank Library, a HPL Express Library Location
10103 Fondren, Brays Oaks Towers Building, 77096 * 832-393-2410
Tuesday, October 18 | 6:30 p.m.

Keeping Debt under Control: Avoid Detours
When your debt is out of control, the road to your financial security may take a detour. Learn how to identify the warning signs of a credit crisis to avoid overwhelming debt. If you have already been derailed by debt, find out about options available to repay creditors and bypass the debt detour. Workbook included.

Acres Homes Neighborhood Library
8501 West Montgomery, 77088 * 832-393-1700
Tuesday, October 4 | 4 p.m.Moody Neighborhood Library
9525 Irvington, 77076 * 832-393-1950
Tuesday, October 11 | 6:30 p.m.Dixon Neighborhood Library
8002 Hirsh, 77016 * 832-393-1760
Thursday, October 13 | 6:30 p.m.

Managing Income and Expenses: Getting from Here to There
Wise financial management requires a series of daily choices. With a spending plan, your choices are prioritized to help you stay on track and follow the plan. Writing down a spending plan that forecasts income and expenses is the single most important activity that can help you reach your destination. Learn how to take control of your financial situation; calculate net worth; create a budget; monitor your progress; manage the flow of income and expenses; comparison shop; and protect your assets. Workbook included.

Henington-Alief Regional Library
7979 South Kirkwood, 77072 * 832-393-1820
Monday, October 10 | 6:30 p.m.

Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library
7007 West Fuqua, 77489 * 832-393-2370
Tuesday, October 11 | 6 p.m.

Meyer Neighborhood Library
5005 West Bellfort, 77035 * 832-393-1840
Thursday, October 13 | 6 p.m.

McCrane-Kashmere Gardens Neighborhood Library
5411 Pardee St., 77026 * 832-393-2450
Saturday, October 29 | 3 p.m.

Setting Goals and Priorities: Choose Your Financial Destination
Goals provide direction as you travel toward your financial destination. Without goals to point you in the right direction, any route is suitable for going nowhere. In this program you learn how to explore personal financial values, establish financial goals, prioritize the goals, and monitor progress on achievement of your financial goals. Workbook included.

Lakewood Neighborhood Library
8815 Feland Street, 77028 * 832-393-2530
Tuesday, October 25 | 6 p.m.

Flores Neighborhood Library
110 North Milby, 77003 * 832-393-1780
Wednesday, October 26 | 5 p.m.

Vinson Neighborhood Library
3810 West Fuqua, 77045 * 832-393-2120
Thursday, October 27 | 6 p.m.

Using Credit Wisely: Curves Ahead
One of the essential tools that can help you reach your financial goals is your credit management. Learn how to use credit wisely and how it can be a part of your plan to reach major long-term goals. Learn how to avoid overwhelming debt and how it can affect long-term plans. Workbook included.

Bracewell Neighborhood Library
9002 Kingspoint Dr., 77089 * 832-393-2580
Thursday, October 6 | 6 p.m.

Park Place Regional Library
8145 Park Place Blvd, 77017 * 832-393-1970
Wednesday, October 19 | 6 p.m.

Houston One Stop and S.C.O.R.E.
Starting a Small Business

Receive useful information on starting a small business and learn about resources available through the Houston One Stop and mentors with SCORE.

Oak Forest Neighborhood Library
1349 West 43rd Street, 77018 * 832-393-1960
Thursday, October 6 | 6 p.m.

Collier Regional Library
6200 Pinemont, 77092 * 832-393-1740
Wednesday, October 12 | 5 p.m.

Johnson Neighborhood Library
3517 Reed Rd., 77051 * 832-393-2550
Thursday, October 13 | 6 p.m.

Heights Neighborhood Library
1302 Heights Blvd, 77008 * 832-393-1810
Wednesday, October 19 | 6:30 p.m.

Hillendahl Neighborhood Library
2436 Gessner, 77080 * 832-393-1940
Thursday, October 20 | 6:30 p.m.

Melcher Neighborhood Library
7200 Keller, 77012 * 832-393-2480
Thursday, October 27 | 6 p.m.

About More Money@ your library®
More Money @ your library®, is a literacy initiative for individuals and families in the greater Houston area. During this period, HPL will host a variety of programs at all Neighborhood libraries and the Central Library downtown on a quarterly basis. Topics include: banking and checking basics, credit and credit repair, importance of saving, etc. Also available are special programs such as adult speaker series, children’s story times & crafts, computer games for teens, and financial literacy fairs for all.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

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Contact:
Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448
sandra.fernandez@houstontx.gov

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