05 5, 2020

Learn about financial wellness in the workplace

By |2020-05-05T12:15:59-04:00May 5, 2020|

Financial Coach Steve Leskovec from Western Reserve Consulting offered free financial wellness advice to entrepreneurs during a webinar the library hosted earlier this week.

He discussed the most common financial problems facing employees right now. He also explained how those problems can impact their employers. Finally, he described how financial wellness plans can benefit both employees and employers.

Leskovec will also offer financial advice for individuals and families during a second program entitled The Road to Financial Wellness. It will stream at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12. He will explain the basics of creating a spending plan and share seven steps to financial freedom and security.

This program will be shared online via Zoom and is free to attend. You will need to register for the programs via our online calendar. After registering, you will be emailed the link to participate a day before the program. (If you don’t find it in your inbox, please check your spam folder.)

That program will also be recorded and available for viewing at a future date on the library’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

01 29, 2020

Healthy Eating on a Budget

By |2020-01-29T06:00:55-05:00January 29, 2020|

Registered dietitian Melinda Wivell will explain how to eat healthy on a budget during a special program on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at our Main Branch.

Registered dietitian Melinda Wivell will explain how to eat healthy on a budget during a special program on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at our Main Branch.

It’s difficult to stick to a budget. It’s tricky to eat healthy. It can be tortuous to do both at once.

Fortunately, Registered Dietitian Melinda Wivell will offer advice on how to eat healthy while on a budget during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at our Main Branch.

Wivell will explain how she plans healthy meals while following a budget. She’ll also share grocery store hacks, simple swaps and budget-friendly nutritious foods that can help you eat healthier without the hefty price tag.

This program is free to attend. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up to attend online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if you’re looking for money-smart ways to be healthy, we’re offering free introductions to Reiki and yoga this February at our Main Branch. There’s no cost to attend either program. We only ask that you RSVP beforehand.

11 7, 2019

Legal & financial planning advice for families affected by Alzheimer’s & dementia

By |2019-11-07T06:00:43-05:00November 7, 2019|

Christina M. Bushnell and Dawn E. McFadden of McFadden Bushnell LLC visited us recently to provide guidance for families that may be affected by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia – which is all families, really.

They discussed legal and financial plans families should make that can help them if they are affected by dementia. We’ve filmed their talk, so we can share it with all of you. Learn about trusts, documents you may want drafted or updated, the differences between Medicaid and Medicare, and more.

Of course, estate law can differ from state to state, and every family circumstance is unique. When in doubt, you should consult a legal professional.

We hosted this program with support from the Alzheimer’s Association.

By the way, if you’re looking to draft a legal document, Mentor Public Library offers a database with different legal-form templates that you can view or even download for free. It’s called the Legal Forms Library, and it’s one of the dozens of databases that we offer access to for free.

There are thousands of form templates for all types of topics: divorce, bankruptcy, power of attorney, name changes, wills, estates and more. (So you know, you’ll need to click through to the Legal Forms Library from the Mentor Public Library site for these hyperlinks to work.) And you can view, download or edit all these templates for free. There are also completed samples that you can view as a PDF or Microsoft Word file. This can give you an idea what your finished form should look like.

 

For more information, you can visit the FAQ section of the Legal Forms website.

04 15, 2019

Why your library card is very money smart

By |2019-04-15T06:00:52-04:00April 15, 2019|

Mentor Public Library can help you grow your money.

Mentor Public Library can help you grow your money.

We celebrated Money Smart Week  earlier this month with a week’s worth of programming that focuses on financial literacy.

But, even if you missed those programs, there are still plenty of ways we can help you save money.

1. First and foremost, you can save a lot of money just by using your library card to borrow books and movies. See for yourself with this Library Value Calculator.

And, remember, you can borrow more than books, movies and music from us. We also lend everything from hotspots to ukuleles. And if you don’t want to pay for that Hulu, Netflix or Spotify subscriptions, you can also use your library card to stream TV shows, movies and music too.

2. We also have some very Money Smart databases. You can save money on everything from legal forms to genealogy research.

Want to research something before you buy? You can get free and unbiased reviews of competing products from our Consumer Reports database.

Don’t want to get ripped off when your car needs repairs? Start by visiting Chilton LibraryChilton provides detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Don’t want to spend the money on Rosetta Stone? Learn the languages of the world with the Transparent Language database for free. It offers a simple, intuitive way to learn the basics of more than 100 different languages—everything from Albanian to Zulu.

3. Then there’s Lyndawhich provides free access to thousands of online educational courses. Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a Lynda course that can make you better at it: from finance to film-making to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to SEO to spreadsheets.

4. Finally, never forget, we have hundreds of books and documentaries about money and finances that you can borrow for free, which is very Money Smart.

 

04 3, 2019

Welcome to the Money Smart Store

By |2019-04-03T06:00:25-04:00April 3, 2019|

Mercy and Brynn learn about budgeting with a craft at Mentor Public Library. The craft also offered a lesson in budgeting. The kids had to “pay” for each paint color, forcing them to be frugal in their choices.

Mercy and Brynn learn about budgeting with a craft at Mentor Public Library. The craft also offered a lesson in budgeting. The kids had to “pay” for each paint color, forcing them to be frugal with their choices.

Kids as young as three learned the basics of budgeting during a special program on Monday at our Main Branch.

The children each started with $36 in play money. With those funds, they could buy a piggy bank – $10 for the rocket ship, $11 for a ceramic turtle – paintbrushes, and paint to decorate it with. But the kids needed to be judicious. Each paint color cost four dollars.

If they had any money left over, the kids could buy stickers, chocolate coins, bookmarks and bouncy balls from our Money Smart Store.

Marilyn Weiss, a children’s associate at Mentor Public Library, gives Jenvee Rana her change while staffing the register at the library’s Money Smart Store.

Ms. Marilyn gives Jenvee Rana her change while staffing the register at our Money Smart Store.

Ms. Marilyn, one of our spectacular children’s associates, organized the program as a way to kids about money during Money Smart Week.

In addition to budgeting, Weiss also quizzed the children to see if they knew the value of household items like peanut butter, toys, and videogame consoles. She also explained the differences between wants and needs to the children.

We’re hosting Money Smart Week through April 9 at our Main Branch. Upcoming programs include:

  • Basic Estate Planning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. Attorney Pamela Kurt will explain essential estate-planning documents such as wills, power of attorney, health care power of attorney and living wills. Kurt is the owner of Kurt Law with offices in Geauga County, Lake County and Ashtabula County.
  • Identity Theft at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. Deb Casper of Dollar Bank will explain different ways to protect yourself from Identity Theft.

All of our Money Smart Week programs are free and open to the public—which, of course, makes them very money smart. However, we do ask that you register for them beforehand. You can sign up online or call 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, which is very Money Smart.

Kids try to guess the value of store-brand peanut butter during a Money Smart program at Mentor Public Library. (Correct answer: $1.39.)

Kids try to guess the value of store-brand peanut butter during our Money Smart program. (Correct answer: $1.39.)

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