Timberland libraries host free “Money Smart Week” workshops

Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, WA – For the third consecutive year, Timberland Regional Library will host free workshops during Money Smart Week (April 20-27) at Grays Harbor and Pacific county libraries.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote personal financial literacy. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago began the initiative in 2002 to equip people with information to make more informed financial decisions. Now, about 40 states participate in Money Smart Week, and in 2011, the American Library Association became a national partner.
In Washington, libraries of all types participate in Money Smart Week, partnering with community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations and other financial experts to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances.

Money Smart Passport – April 22-30
All Pacific County Timberland Libraries. Pick up your Money Smart Passport at any Pacific County Timberland Library or during Money Smart events at the Raymond and Ilwaco campuses of Grays Harbor College. Have it punched at Money Smart programs to receive a prize.

Money Smarts – Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23
Raymond Timberland Library, 360-942-2408. Staff will present “Money Matters” and “Pay Yourself First,” two modules from the FDIC’s comprehensive financial education course, Money Smart.

Money Smart Fairs – 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23
Riverview Center at 600 Washington Ave. in Raymond; Columbia Education Center at 208 Advent Ave. S.E. in Ilwaco. Join staff from Pacific County Timberland library and Grays Harbor College for presentations on money matters and information booths.

Building a Better Credit Report – At all five Pacific County Timberland libraries:
• 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 24. Raymond Timberland Library, 360-942-2408
• 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. South Bend Timberland Library, 360-875-5532
• 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. Naselle Timberland Library, 360-484-3877
• 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Ocean Park Timberland Library, 360-665-4184
• 2 to 3 p.m.. Thursday, April 25. Ilwaco Timberland Library, 360-642-3908
Learn how credit bureaus develop your credit score, steps you can take to improve your credit and how to make the most of your credit worthiness. Presented by representatives of Bank of the Pacific.