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Idaho Libraries Know Where to Stash Your Cash

PHOTO: Local public libraries are offering financial literacy fairs this fall, offering classes and tips on basic budgeting, saving for college and planning for retirement. Credit: Microsoft Images
PHOTO: Local public libraries are offering financial literacy fairs this fall, offering classes and tips on basic budgeting, saving for college and planning for retirement. Credit: Microsoft Images
October 30, 2014

BOISE, Idaho – Answers to common questions about finances are as close as your local library.

Libraries around the state are offering financial literacy fairs, with tips on where to stash your cash, whether saving for retirement or college.

Sue Walker, a library consultant at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, explains that for years people have gone to libraries with questions about Social Security or about how the stock markets work, so offering more formal information is a natural fit.

"Folks want answers and they don't always know where to go, and to find unbiased information,” she explains. “And we can provide accurate, unbiased information so people can make up their own minds."

There's a financial literacy fair in Burley tonight at the College of Southern Idaho, with fairs scheduled in Gooding and Twin Falls in the coming weeks.

Jessica Tueller, a reference librarian at the Twin Falls Public Library, says she sees the fairs as a way to reach the next generation by covering basics such as budgeting.

"Financial literacy is something that you need to start young,” she points out. “It needs to be taught to our children so that they learn the value of money, and they learn how to save money and how to spend it wisely."

The Twin Falls financial literacy fair is Nov. 8. The fairs are free to all who attend, even those without library cards.

AARP Idaho is one of the sponsors, with each fair featuring details about retirement planning.


Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID