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April 4, 2014

Money Smart events scheduled

Kokomo-Howard County Public Library will celebrate Money Smart Week, Saturday through April 12, with informative programs for the public.

Money Smart Week is an annual public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country that provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week to stress the importance of financial literacy and inform consumers about where they can get help.

The programs are:

• Resume writing: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Main Branch computer lab. Learn how to use an existing Word template to create an easy and effective professional resume.

• Money Smart for young adults: 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, South Branch. During the first hour, Don Smith of First Farmers Bank and Trust will teach sixth- through 12th-graders a financial literacy program featuring the basics of saving, budgeting, banking, and borrowing. After the program, there will be pizza and money-themed games, such as Monopoly and The Game of Life.

• Steps to protecting your identity: 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Main Branch. Julie Tracy of Community First Bank of Indiana will talk about the newest and fastest-growing areas of identity theft so that consumers can learn how to protect themselves. Identity theft happens online, offline, and even in the home.

• Etsy for beginners: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Main Branch. Etsy.com is “the world’s handmade marketplace.” From hand-painted items to jewelry, crafts, furniture, and more, Etsy has unique items made by artists of every kind. This informative and fun program will include how to use the Etsy website to buy and sell homemade and vintage goods, as well as how to connect with other Etsy users to find quality items that don’t break the bank.

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