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    Investing Information At Your Library

    One of the best places to begin when you decide to learn more about personal finances and investing is your local library. Public libraries have a wealth of information to tap into to better educate yourself about personal finances and investing. Now some libraries are taking it a step further by offering a free educational program on the fundamentals of investing.

    Called the <i>Investor Education @ Your Library</i>, it's a collaboration of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) and the editors of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine in an attempt to promote investor education in America's public libraries. The program consists of a 90-minute non-commercial seminar that will cover basic information on bonds, college saving, mutual funds, retirement saving and stocks. This will be followed by optional one-on-one session with a licensed investment counselor to review your current financial status and individual goals.

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    Many "free" investor education programs have a less than favorable reputation due to hard sells during and after the program. <i>Investor Education @ Your Library</i> is letting interested parties know they won't be subject to these type of sales pitches. The people giving the lecturers are volunteers from institutional investing firms. The one-on-one sessions afterward will be with licensed professionals who will simply provide a financial checkup - there will be no sales pitches involved.

    To participate, you must register so that worksheets and other material can be sent to you to fill out. You'll also be instructed on which financial materials to bring with you to the seminar and session. Each seminar is limited to 100 people and it is being held in 20 different cities across the country beginning with Washington D.C. on March 28th.

    The following libraries are taking part in the program and you can find out more information about the program at the <a href="http://cs.ala.org/ra/invest/cities.cfm">website for each library</a>:

    Anchorage Municipal Libraries
    Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
    The Bowling Green Public Library, KY
    D.C. Public Library
    Des Moines Public Library
    Detroit Public Library
    Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
    Free Library of Philadelphia
    Jacksonville Public Library (Florida)
    Kansas City Public Library
    Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington, IN
    New York Public Library
    Norfolk Public Library
    Onondaga County Public Library, Syracuse, NY
    Parmly Billings Library, Billings, MT
    Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
    Sacramento Public Library
    Siouxland Libraries, Sioux Falls, SD
    Tuscaloosa Public Library
    Wichita Public Library

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    I've seen this before on someones blog, but the information looks very outdated. Is it still current?

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      #3
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      The campaign begins this year on March 28 - not outdated at all. Probably saw it on my blog.

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        #4
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        Any idea if more cities will added at some point. Selfishly, I am curious on if Los Angeles will be involved at all. Thanks

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          #5
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          It doesn't appear that any more will be added to this year's schedule.

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