Libraries plan finance programs for Money Smart Week

Volusia County libraries will host special financial programs in recognition of Money Smart Week, April 5 to 12. These free programs will address a variety of topics including investing, retirement, credit, debt and savings.

Money Smart Week, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association, is a national public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

At Daytona library
Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.:
• “Blank Check”: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Find out what happens when a child is given a blank check during this family movie. Bring your own snacks. Parental supervision is required. Rated PG, 93 minutes.
• Women and investing: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Financial adviser Steve Hood will provide a brief overview of investment vehicles and discuss women’s investing needs during each stage of their lives.
• Where does my paycheck go? 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Librarian Deborah Shafer will take homeschooled teens through exercises that illustrate the difference between gross and net income, the importance of paying yourself first, and the effect of short-term financial decisions on long-term credit standings.
• Children’s move and craft: 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.  “Money Rock,” a Schoolhouse Rock movie, teaches children about allowances, savings, stocks and bonds through catchy songs. The movie will be followed by a piggy-bank craft. Seating is limited for the craft. Rated G, 30 minutes.
• First-time home buying: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Fair Housing Coordinator Luxmy Panzardi will conduct this workshop on first-time home buying, fair housing and fair lending. HUD-approved counselors and fair housing advocates will provide information about credit, mortgage financing, scams and the home purchasing process.

At Deltona library
Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.:

• “Inside Job”: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. This Academy Award winning documentary provides an analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which, at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes and nearly caused a global financial collapse. The film, narrated by Matt Damon, traces the rise of a rogue industry that has corrupted politics, regulation and academia. Rated PG-13, 109 minutes.
• Rocket banks: 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Children in grades K -5 can “blast off” on their way to savings by making futuristic rocket-shaped banks with the help of library staff.
• Write your resume – in Spanish: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. Library Associate Lisa Doig will host this Spanish-speaking class, offering tips to write a resume in Spanish and explaining how to look for a job using online resources.
• Women and money: 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. University of Florida/Volusia County Extension Agent Kathleen Bryant will explore basic money management including credit and debt management, saving and investing, retirement, insurance, and end-of-life financial needs.
• Show me the money for college: 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Florida Department of Education outreach representative Pedro Hernandez will answer teens’ questions on how to become college bound.
• Careers in nursing: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial nursing managers Michelle Cyphers and Tracy Egan will explain how to get started in the nursing field and how to advance the job into a lifelong career. The program will cover opportunities and careers in general nursing.
• Hydroponic gardening: 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Join JuicePlus+ wellness educators Christine Kee and Patricia Valdez for a sustainable living presentation on the health benefits and ease of hydroponic gardening. Free samples of local vegetables grown hydroponically will be available.
• Business trends in Deltona: 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 11. Jerry Mayes, economic development manager for the City of Deltona, will present the latest news on the city’s business opportunities. Light refreshments will be served.

At DeLand library
DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.:
• Couponing 101: 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 7. Join Mary Edwards of Couponers United as she shares tips and tricks for saving money on everyday purchases – all by using coupons.
• Identity theft prevention: 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. DeLand police officer Rod Hancock will lead a workshop for residents who want to learn how to protect themselves from identity theft.
• Estate planning: 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Life insurance and annuities specialist Gary Schinner and local attorney Gary S. Wright will explain the nuances of estate planning and annuities.
• Chemical reactions: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. Homeschoolers can learn how to make pennies shine and other fascinating chemical reactions.
• Get out of debt: 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Marcia Miller, community outreach coordinator for, will address the importance of getting out of debt and managing credit.
• Play with money: 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Bring the family and learn important financial skills by playing classic games like Monopoly, The Game of Life and Money Bingo.
• Craft supply swap: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10. Crafters can drop off their unused craft supplies and leave with other supplies.

At Ormond library
Ormond Beach Public Library, 30 S. Beach St.:
• Meals in a bowl: 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Former Pinellas County extension specialist Karen Saley will describe the economic versatility of soup. Chili, chilled, chowder, stews and purees are a few of the varieties of tasty, affordable soups that can be readily prepared. Free samples will be offered while supplies last.
• Gifts on a budget: Money origami: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. Bring clean, crisp bills of any denomination and a ruler and learn how to turn money into works of art! Limited seating is available.  Registration is required by calling 386-676-4191, ext. 21084.
• Be bullish with your savings: 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Children are invited to keep their savings safe and sound by making their own bull bank craft in the children’s room.
• Teen budgeting workshop with craft: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Library staff will talk with teens about budgeting and the four money choices they can make: saving, spending, donating and investing. Teens will receive a budgeting worksheet to track their choices and will make duct tape money envelopes.
• Women and money: 1 p.m. Friday, April 11. University of Florida/Volusia County Extension Agent Kathleen Bryant will explore basic money management including credit and debt management, saving and investing, retirement, insurance, and end-of-life financial needs.

At New Smyrna library
New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway:
• Personal finances: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5. Financial adviser Jim Johnston will explain budgeting, paying off debt, and getting the most from retirement.
• Estate planning: Noon Tuesday, April 8. Attorney Michael Pyle will discuss how wills, trusts and powers of attorney pertain to planning estates.
• Build a confident retirement: Noon Wednesday, April 9. Dan Landrau, David Carson and Brian Wheeler of Carson, Wheeler, & Associates will help participants plan their retirement dreams and explain how goals can be achieved. They will also discuss prioritization of retirement savings and spending plans and identify risks that can throw plans off track.
• “The Hudsucker Proxy”: 2 p.m. Friday, April 11. This movie tells the rags-to-riches tale of a fool who bumbles into money and power and invents the hula hoop. Bring your own snacks. Rated PG, 111 minutes.

Regularly scheduled library programs such as story times and crafts will also feature financial themes this week.

Reservations are not required unless otherwise specified. Programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

For specific program information, branch locations or contact numbers, visit For more information about Money Smart Week, visit



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