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Money Smart Week starts

Apr 22, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

As the 2011 tax season ends, the Riverton Branch Library is looking ahead and hoping to help people make the best financial choices for 2012 with its Money Smart Week.

The event, which runs April 22-28, is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Teri Wiblemo, the library assistant in charge of adult programming, advertising and marketing, said the Riverton Branch Library jumped into Money Smart week in March, originally thinking it would be hard to organize.

"Through the generosity of our local professionals, we had a week of events put together in one day, and it was surprising and refreshing to see the cooperation and willingness our presenters showed us," she said.

She hopes people will take advantage of the opportunity to make the connections and find the right people willing to help in the first steps to becoming secure and comfortable with finances.

"Being aware and informed are great tools to have, especially in today's economy," Wiblemo said.

For more information, call the library at 856-3556.

Money Smart Week programs

1 p.m. Monday, April 23: Bill Winter of the Winter Law Firm will present "Managing Your Finances Later in Life," which will include information on taking care of children and aging parents.

6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25: Olivia Prince of Wind River Realty will present "Everything you need to know about buying a home," a tutorial for everyone from first-time home buyers to third-time home buyers. Prince will offer tips and tricks to avoid the pitfalls of home buying.

6 p.m. Thursday, April 26: Dave Becker of Albright, Becker & Stoddard will present "Be Confident-Be Prepared, Taxes 2012," which will include learning how to get organized for next year's taxes. Becker will also be presenting "Family Finances and Budgeting," a useful budgeting and finance tools to help families get ahead.

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