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Money Smart Week is a national initiative in its seventh year between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming tohelp members of the community better manage their personal finances.

Join the Forest Park Public Library for any of these informative programs:

Avoiding Financial Scams 
Saturday, March 30 at 2 pm
Emlee Hilliard-Smith, senior counsel in the Chicago Regional Office of the SEC, will teach you how to protect yourself from investment fraud and scams.  The program will cover “red flags” to be aware of and ways to check out your financial professional. The program encourages active participation. Bring your questions.

Money Matters: Budgeting for Beginners
Tuesday, April 2 at 7 pm
One of the first steps to financial security is planning and following through on a personal spending plan or budget. We will discuss setting financial goals, tracking your spending and ways to manage your monthly income to achieve your objectives.  This class with Judy Graves of the Forest Park National Bank is part of a curriculum from the FDIC.

Credit Reports and Scores
Thursday, April 4 at 7 pm
Wendy Ryce Smith from Liberty Bank in Forest Park joins us to discuss credit reports and scores, how to build productive credit histories, and how to repair and improve your score.



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