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Posted on: March 13, 2019

Libraries plan financial programs for Money Smart Week March 30 - April 6

2019 Money Smart Week

The Volusia County Public Library system will host special financial programs in recognition of Money Smart Week, March 30 through April 6.

The free programs will address a variety of topics including investing, retirement, credit, debt and savings. Reservations are not required unless otherwise indicated. Many of the programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information about the programs, visit

Money Smart Week, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association, is a national public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Note: Below are only the events planned for New Smyrna Beach Regional Library. To view events throughout Volusia County, please click here for the official press release.

New Smyrna Beach Regional Library

1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach


“The Money Pit”: 2 p.m. Monday, April 1. A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house. Rated PG, 91 minutes.

Six mistakes retirees make: 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Andrew Schorr of the RLK Advisory Group will discuss the six mistakes retirees make with their finances. The errors revolve around understanding investment fees, recognizing opportunities to increase income, understanding historical market trends, life expectancy, annuity considerations, and long-term care. 

Make a piggy bank: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4. Adults can decorate a mason jar using the library’s supplies.

Home financing and refinancing: 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Seniors can pick up some advice from Bill Gall and Pam Crawford of Center State Bank. The bankers will explain the various avenues for obtaining a new mortgage or taking advantage of the equity in their current home, the ins and outs of cash-out refinances, home equity lines of credit, and reverse mortgages. 

How go obtain your free credit rating: 10 a.m. Friday, April 5. David Jimenez, a business development specialist for Launch Credit Union, will share information on how to understand and improve your credit score and the effects of a poor credit score on your financial reputation.

Youth programs:

  • Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2. Children ages 2 to 5 will focus on color counting through finger plays, music and activity songs. A craft will be provided.
  • Lego challenge: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Students in grades K-6 can make Lego creations with the library’s supplies.
  • Baby time: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3. This early learning program provides a gentle introduction to counting, rhyme, clapping, stories and other babies. Infants up to 2 years are invited to attend with their caregivers.
  • Baby play date: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3. Babies and their caregivers can enjoy themselves in this unstructured free play program.
  • Art aces: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Students in grades K-6 can enjoy a fun-filled art program that features guided art projects.
  • Listen up: 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4. Children ages 2 to 5 can learn how to count with colors.
  • Shake it up: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4.  Children ages 2 to 5 will learn how to count steps as they play together using the balance beam, tunnel, bean bags and musical chairs.
  • Customize a piggy bank: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Kids ages 6 to 17 can customize a ceramic piggy bank. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required; call 386-424-2910, option 5.

Click here for official press release
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