Boston Public Library Hosts Money Smart Week April 20-27
Programming emphasizes financial literacy for all
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April 02, 2013
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Boston Public Library invites people of all ages to get “money smart” during the week of April 20-27, in conjunction with Money Smart Week, a national initiative to educate consumers on ways to manage their personal finances. In honor of this special week, Boston Public Library will provide free financial literacy programming that includes workshops on managing student debt, planning a wedding, utilizing online financial planning resources, and protecting against identity theft. All programs, classes, and workshops take place at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

Money Smart Week programming at the Boston Public Library includes:



  • Planning a Wedding on a Budget. An overview of every bride’s (virtual) best friend: is offered Saturday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m.  in the Training Lab. Other free online resources to help plan a budget-friendly big day will be discussed.


  • Couponing. Get educated on how to save money with online couponing for both online and in-store shopping on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. in the Training Lab.


  • Protecting Your Identity. Patricia Malone, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing, will give a presentation on protecting against identity theft and on debt collection practices on Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in Conference Room 06.


  • Conducting Mutual Fund Research. Learn how to search for funds, conduct a screening, and download reports through Boston Public Library’s Morningstar Investment Research Center electronic resource on Tuesday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Training Lab. Basic mouse, keyboard, and Internet skills preferred.


  • Author Bob Sullivan speaks about his book, Gotcha Capitalism: How Hidden Fees Rip You Off Every Day and What You Can Do About It, detailing consumer fraud and technology crime on Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon.


  • Selling Stuff Online. Online marketplaces eBay, Craigslist, and Etsy will be compared and contrasted to help individuals figure out which one is right for their business on Wednesday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Training Lab.


  • Planning for Uncertain Times. Jeanne Gibson Sullivan of the Financial Planning Association will give a talk designed to help individuals work through how they might cope should their income drop due to a job loss or other financial crisis on Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room.


  • Managing Student Debt. An American Student Assistance College Planning Center staff member will present a talk regarding financial considerations needed for an education beyond high school on Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the Orientation Room.


  • Money Matters for Teens. A representative from American Consumer Credit Counseling will lead an interactive workshop on Friday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in the Teen Room that explores managing resources, “budget busters,” how to avoid overspending, and how to create a spending plan.


In addition to classes and workshops, Boston Public Library offers a Money Smart film series on Monday nights in April at 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall. Screenings include Reversal of Fortune on April 8, It Could Happen to You on April 22, and Mad Money on April 29. The blog of BPL’s Kirstein Business Library,, includes the latest updates on programming and Money Smart Week resources. The complete schedule of upcoming events at Boston Public Library locations is available at



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. New 2013 national partners are the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension. 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. Visit for more information.



Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-five branches, a literacy center, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit

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