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Not only is April a time to start spring cleaning, gardening, and enjoying the longer, warmer days, it is also Financial Literacy Month!

This month is a time to focus on improving our financial literacy skills and raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy in our everyday lives.

What is Financial Literacy?

Financial literacy is the ability to understand different financial issues and use the necessary skills to manage your finances and work toward financial goals. These can be as simple as creating a monthly budget, or they can be more complex, like overcoming debt or investing your money.

Financial literacy is an important foundation for financial wellness, or overall success in managing your financial life.

Resources at Hayner

The library is a great place to start learning financial literacy skills or add new ones to your economic toolbelt. Here at Hayner, we have a number of resources to help you no matter where you are in your financial journey or what your goals are.

Financial Wellness Resource Guide

Financial Wellness Resource Guide

This guide is a detailed list of free online resources that offer easy-to-use tutorials and in-depth information for virtually any financial goal, including budgeting, saving, investing, buying a house or car, improving your credit, and saving for retirement. All of the resources are organized by which financial goal they focus on, so you can easily find exactly what you need. There are even extra pages in the back so you can take notes!

Feel free to print this out so you have a booklet you can take on the go, or simply browse it online to access the links. You can also find already-printed versions of this guide at either the Downtown or Alton Square locations of The Hayner Public Library District.

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These are short, easy to understand guides for handling a wide variety of financial needs. They cover managing debt, opening a bank account, renting an apartment or house, using credit and understanding your credit history, avoiding scams, payday loans, and much more.

You can access these guides for free at the link above. Print copies of these guides are also available at either the Downtown or Alton Square location of The Hayner Public Library District.

Personal Finance Books

Hayner has a number of books on personal finance that offer guidance for managing your money and achieving many different financial goals.

To get you started, here is a list of some of our newest personal finance books:

Buy the Milk First: And Other Secrets to Financial Prosperity, Regardless of Your Income by Murray J. Lee, 332.024 LEE

Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole by Tiffany Aliche, 332.024 ALI

What to Do with Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide by Michelle Singletary, 332.024 SIN

Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy’s Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love by Tori Dunlap,                332.0240082 DUN

Money Magic: An Economist’s Secrets to More Money, Less Risk, and a Better Life by Laurence J. Kotlikoff, 332.024 KOT

Credit Repair by Amy Loftsgordon, 332.743 LOF

The Path: Accelerating Your Journey to Financial Freedom by Peter Mallouk, 332.024 MAL

Stacked: Your Super-Serious Guide to Modern Money Management by Joe Saul-Sehy, 332 SAU

12 Ways to Retire on Less: Planning an Affordable Future by Harriet Edleson, 332.024 EDL

If you’re looking for more, personal finance books can be found at both the Downtown and Alton Square location in the Nonfiction section, starting at 332.024.

Now what?

Now that you know what kinds of financial literacy resources are available to you at the library, don’t hesitate to take advantage of them as you work your way toward financial wellness.

If you have any questions about any of these resources, or you’re looking for something that isn’t listed here, feel free to ask! Our Reference Librarian, Johanna, is here to help you find the information you need.

How to get in touch:
618-462-0677 ext. 2845
or in person at the Reference Desk at our Alton Square Mall location.

Happy Financial Literacy Month!