Everyone has questions about money:
- Can I afford to retire early, on-time, or ever?
- Should I rent or buy?
- Am I saving enough?
- Do I need a budget?
Anytime is a great time to learn more about money or to get your financial house in order. The library has books, videos, and on-line courses to help with any aspect of personal finance. Plus we have Consumer Reports Online to help you get the best value on needed purchases.
These titles can help you get started on your quest to improve your financial literacy and achieve your financial goals.
- Retire before Mom and Dad by Rob Berger – a step by step guide to retirement on any income
- Napkin Finance by Tina Hay – a introductory crash course in personal finance, where every concept is illustrated on the back of a napkin
- Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin – decrease spending to become happier
- Financial Diaries by Jonathan Morduch – follow the lives of 235 low- and middle-income families as they earn, spend, borrow and save over the course of a year
- Playing with FIRE (DVD) – watch a couple from California go from saving 10% of their income to saving over 50%
Use your library card to access these free online courses from Lynda.com:
- 5 Personal Finance Tips – Struggling with your personal finances? Professors Jim and Kay Stice outline five basic tips to help you get a better handle on your money.
- Personal Finance Tips Weekly – Investment advisor Jane Barrett and financial therapist Amanda Clayman have teamed up for this weekly series of personal finance tips. Every Tuesday they provide advice on a different financial topic, from talking to family members about money and assessing job offers, to paying off debt and avoiding bad investments.
- Financial Wellness for Couples and Families – In this course, financial therapist Amanda Clayman shows how to tackle the financial difficulties that often sour partnerships by walking through how to create and follow a family cash flow plan. Using her five pillars of financial harmony as a guide, Amanda explains how to construct a plan that engages all family members in its implementation.
Sharpen your investing skills — or pick up new ones — with the Investment Classroom at Morningstar Investment Research Center. Choose from more than 100 courses on stocks, funds, and portfolio building. You’ll find the help you need in the “Help and Education” section of the website.
Get financial tips with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, available on Flipster. Download to your digital device and read anywhere!
— Ceil H., Manager, Collection Management Department