Forsyth County Public Library branches will offer a range of financial workshops next week.
From Sunday through April 28, the library system will take part in Money Smart Week, a series of free classes and activities designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. It’s sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Cumming library branch manager Ann Decherd said this is the first time the Forsyth library system has participated in the week.
“We’ve started off with a bang,” she said. “We’re offering 24 different programs for adults, teens and children. There really is something for everybody.”
Among the adult sessions, Decherd said, will be programs on investing, debt reduction, retirement planning, saving for college and living on a limited budget.
In addition, one session will be entirely in Spanish.
“The Spanish session will also focus on living on a tight budget,” Decherd said.
A “lunch and learn” session will also be held for small business owners at 11:30 a.m. April 25.
“That is something that we decided to offer outside of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago sessions,” Decherd said. “A sandwich lunch will be provided.”
She noted that a program geared toward teenagers, called TeenBoss, will help them learn about running a business and planning for the future.
“That one is so popular, we already have a waiting list for it,” she said.
For younger children, the library system’s storytime programs next week will also focus on money, smart spending and saving.
Decherd said various programs will be held at the different library branches. Most require advanced registration.
For a full list of programs, go online at www.forsythpl.org. Information can also be found at the different library locations: Cumming, 585 Dahlonega St.; Hampton Park, 5345 Settingdown Road; and Sharon Forks, 2820 Old Atlanta Road.
Library staff members are excited to offer the workshops, Decherd said.
“We get questions all the time on financial issues, especially in this day and age,” she said. “We all started thinking about it and we all were in agreement that this [series] was much needed.
“We think it will be very popular.”