08 24, 2021

Life Hacks: The Basics of Budgeting & Banking

By |2021-08-24T12:00:56-04:00August 24, 2021|

Do you have no idea where to begin with budgeting? Don’t know a credit card from a debit card or a savings account from a checking account? Then you need a LIFE HACK.

Our librarians Meg and Amber show you the basics of budgeting and banking, including:

  • how to add up your income and expenses
  • how to use your income and expenses to make a budget
  • the difference between a credit and debit card (and the benefits of both)
  • the differences between your credit and savings account
  • how to fill out a check

Here are some additional resources that may help you when building a budget:

Our LIFE HACKS series continues in September with a program on clothing care. Let us know which topics YOU want a Life Hack for in the comments.

08 16, 2021

Discover how to cut cable & save money

By |2021-08-16T06:00:29-04:00August 16, 2021|

Learn how you can save money while still getting the entertainment that you want when you cut the cable cord.

Learn how you can save money while still getting the entertainment that you want when you cut the cable cord.

Learn how you can save money while still getting the entertainment you want when you cut cable.

There are so many streaming services out there: Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Apple+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Peacock, and more. MPL Librarian Cailey Williams will help you find out what services are worth the money for you and your family during a free program at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Concord Township Community Center.

She’ll also tell you about some of the streaming services that are free to use with your library card like Hoopla and Kanopy. Learn how to stream movies, TV shows, documentaries, movies and more to your preferred device.

Sign up for the program by calling the Concord Township Community Center at (440) 639-4650.

Find the handout for the program here.

07 1, 2021

Mentor Public Library named Compass Award honoree

By |2021-07-01T14:50:31-04:00July 1, 2021|

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.”

03 30, 2021

Kids & Adults Can Learn About Money Management at Mentor Public Library

By |2021-03-30T06:00:12-04:00March 30, 2021|

Both kids and adults can learn how to manage their money during free online programs this April at Mentor Public Library.

Both kids and adults can learn how to manage their money during free online programs this April at Mentor Public Library.

You’re never too young or too old to learn money management, so we’re hosting a pair of programs to help people make sense of their cents.

First, children (ages four to eight) can learn about saving and spending during the Money Matters for Kids program at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 12. This online program pairs fun and fiscal sense. Once families register, they can pick up their Money Matters kits from the Children’s Department at our Main Branch. Then, the kids can join us on Zoom for a fun evening of games, prizes, and decorating piggy banks.

Next, teens and adults can get advice on how to improve their finances – even in uncertain times – during a program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. Michael Zawatsky from the Society for Financial Awareness will discuss debt management, investment principles, and overcoming financial challenges.

Both of our programs are free to attend and will be hosted via Zoom. You need to register to receive the Zoom link. You can sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811.

By the way, we have hundreds of books and documentaries about money and finances that you can borrow for free. That’s a pretty good use of your money too.

Finally, we hosted a pair of talks from Financial Coach Steve Leskovec from Western Reserve Consulting last year. Both are available to watch on our YouTube channel:

05 13, 2020

The 7 Steps to Financial Freedom

By |2020-05-13T06:00:15-04:00May 13, 2020|

Has COVID-19 thrown your finances into disarray? You’re not alone!

That’s why we’re sharing this free program from Steve Leskovec of Western Reserve Consulting. He explains the seven steps that you can take to ensure financial freedom.

Those steps include:

  1. Building an emergency fund.
  2. Paying off your debt.
  3. Saving 3 to 6 months in expenses.
  4. Investing in your retirement.
  5. Paying for your children’s college.
  6. Paying off your home early.
  7. Building wealth and giving.

Leskovec offers the best practices for decreasing debt, funding retirement, and paying for college. He also provides practical advice for budgeting and selecting an investment advisor.

By the way, if you’re an entrepreneur, Leskovec previously offered advice for financial wellness in the workplace. You can watch that here, as well.

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