Kansas City Public Library, Women's Employment Network Partner to Offer Free Financial

Monday, December 28, 2015
Courtney Lewis,816.701.3669

(Kansas City, MO) - What is the difference between tracking your spending and a spending plan? How can you make credit work for you? Were you aware that never returning library materials could impact your credit score?

The Kansas City Public Library can help answer those questions and more. Partnering with the Women's Employment Network, it is offering a series of Money Matters workshops aimed at empowering patrons to take control of their financial health in 2016.

The free workshops take place three times a month at different Library branches, focusing on four areas:
• Identity theft
• Credit
• Banking
• Budgeting
Sessions are open to all residents who are looking to enhance their money-managing skills but may lack access to reliable, unbiased education opportunities and resources. "The goal of the program is to teach people how to make your money work for you and how to advocate for yourself," says Latoya Woods, a WEN financial literacy specialist.

Attendees also will receive a Library coupon for up to $30 in waived overdue fines and fees.

Sessions for the first quarter of 2016 are scheduled on Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. at three Library branches:

Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Parkway
• January 12: Identity theft
• February 9: Credit
• March 8: Banking

L.H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Avenue
• January 19: Identity theft
• February 16: Credit
• March 15: Banking

North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Road
• January 26: Identity theft
• February 23: Credit
• March 22: Banking
Register at kclibrary.org/moneymatters or by calling 816.701.3737.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's Investor Education Foundation through the Smart investing@your library initiative, a partnership with the American Library Association.

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