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Money Smart Week® (April 23-30, 2016)

Highland Park Public Library will be hosting two programs during Money Smart Week® April 23-30, 2016 to help consumers learn to manage money wisely. These events are some of the more than 3,500 free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education that will take place during that week nationwide.

Highland Park Public Library Programs

Surviving Market Swings: Investment Strategies for Uncertain Markets (Monday, April 25, 7:00 pm) Register

Market cycles are a normal aspect of investing. Investor are searching for guidance and strategies that will help them deal with frequent shifts in their portfolios and avoid making mistakes. This timely seminar focuses on helping investors strengthen and diversify their portfolios, keep expectations in check, and utilize fundamental investment tactics to help enhance their potential for success. The seminar covers recent events on Wall Street, challenges facing the economy, and the unpredictability of financial markets.

This program is sponsored by Waddell & Reed, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Highland Park Public Library.

Keep It Safe (Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm) Register

Attend this seminar to learn how to protect your rights as a consumer, guard against ID theft and be financially prepared for disasters, an unexpected death or disability.

This program is sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Highland Park Public Library.

Calendar of Events

Visit to locate an event in the area, pick up a print calendar at the Highland Park Public Library, check out our website, or call the Information & Reader Services (847-681-7031).

What is Money Smart Week?

Money Smart Week® (MSW) is a national education campaign designed to help consumer better manage their personal finances. The program consists of public and private partner organizations offering thousands of free classes, seminars and other educational activities. Events hosted by partner organizations including libraries, financial institutions, government agencies, media, and nonprofits.

Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, MSW began as a one-city program in Chicago and has grown to 49 states, with more than 3,500 events and 250,000 participants annually. “Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort among a small group of Chicago-area organizations working to promote financial literacy," says Alejo Torres, Senior Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Today, Money Smart Week continues to expand nationally, providing greater awareness of, and access to, personal finance resources for all.”

National Partners

American Library Association, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Financial Planning Association, and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension.

Dash for the Stash

Wondering how to build your nest egg? Hire a financial advisor? Prevent investor fraud? Play DASH for the STASH an investor education/protection program and contest taking place March 15 - May 15, 2016 as part of Financial Literacy Month.

  • How to Play
  1. Read Each Poster (posted on Shelves 16-20 in the Adult Services Department)
  2. Scan the QR code (by smart phone or tablet or use the URL below the QR code)
  3. Get a quiz question (hint: the answer is on the poster!)
  4. Submit your answer
  • Poster Topics
  1. Financial Advisors
  2. Investment Fees
  3. Investor Fraud
  4. Building a Nest Egg
  • Contest Rules: No purchase necessary to play. Investor Protection Institute will randomly select contest winner in each participating state, from entries of participants who logged the correct answers for all four posters. Winner will receive the prize as $1,000 stipend to open or add to an IRA, sent directly to the winner's bank or brokerage firm for the purpose of opening or making a 2016 contribution to an IRA.

Local Shredding Events

First Bank of Highland Park, 1835 First St.

  • Friday, April 22 -- 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Limit 5 grocery bags
  • For additional information, call (847) 432-7800

Bank of Highwood- Fort Sheridan, 507 Sheridan Rd.

  • Saturday, April 23 -- 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Limit 3 grocery bags
  • For additional information, call (847) 266-7600

Highland Park Bank & Trust, 1949 St. Johns Ave.

  • Saturday, April 30 -- 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Limit 3 grocery bags
  • For additional information, call (847) 432-9988
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