Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced that Mentor Public Library is a Compass Award honoree.

The award commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.

“Smart financial decisions are built on a strong foundation of financial education,” said Treasurer Sprague. “We’re fortunate to have people and organizations across the Buckeye State using innovative and evidence-based approaches to teach financial literacy to Ohio’s next generation. By helping young people understand personal finance and giving them the tools to make wise decisions, we can guide them on the path to success.”

Sprague credited the library for its range of financial-education resources, noting that the library also made as many of these resources available online during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the library hosts programs with financial professionals as part of financial literacy month every year.

“Financial literacy is something you’re never too young to start learning or old to continue learning,” said Adult Reference Librarian Cailey Williams. “There’s always something new to learn, especially as rules, regulations, and opportunities change. I also think a lot of these programs reinforce good financial habits that we know we’re supposed to have but don’t always follow through on.”