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Join Us for Financial Literacy Month at the Library

April is Financial Literacy Month, and Springfield-Greene County Library and ProsperU are offering a no-cost workshop series to help community members elevate their financial literacy and take control of their financial future. Rebecca Greene, director of ProsperU, explains, “ProsperU with Central Bank of the Ozarks is dedicated to helping you manage a healthy financial life. We provide free financial education and counseling to the greater Springfield community.”

In light of Springfield-Greene County Library’s shared goal of connecting community members with resources that can help improve their lives, each Monday beginning April 8, the Schweitzer Brentwood Library will host Rebecca Greene to offer information and resources on how to repair credit, save for retirement, budget, and pay off debt.

Participants can attend “Building and Repairing Your Credit” on April 8 at 8 a.m. The session focuses on understanding the pivotal role credit plays in financial success and provides valuable tools for building and repairing credit.

April 15 at noon, individuals are invited to the event “Lunch & Learn: Why One Should Contribute to Their Retirement Plan.” This session explores retirement accounts, including 401Ks, 403Bs, Roth, and Traditional IRAs. Attendees can enjoy a complimentary lunch while discovering optimal strategies for retirement savings.

On April 22 at 10 a.m., the program “Budgeting on a Fixed Income” offers guidance on navigating budget intricacies, particularly with a fixed income. Rebecca Greene will lead participants through common budgeting methods, assisting them in selecting the most suitable strategy.
On April 29 at 10 a.m., individuals can address financial challenges in the session “Tackling Your Debt.” Gain essential tools to manage credit card debt effectively before it becomes unmanageable.

“I have a true passion for helping people in our community,” said Greene. Money can sometimes be intimidating, and everyone should know how to handle financial challenges no matter where they are in their financial journey—with no judgment. I believe financial freedom is more than how much money you have; it starts with your mindset around money.” Registration opens two weeks in advance of each event. Visit thelibrary.org/programs or call 417-883-1974 to register.

For more information on these and other great programs, visit thelibrary.org. Katy Pattison is the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch manager for Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at katyp@thelibrary.org.

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