DASH for the STASH

Visit the library between April 15 and May 15 to play “DASH for the STASH”

and a chance to win a $1000 IRA!

To enter, read the posters near the adult computer lab. On each poster there is a QR code. Scan the code or enter the URL under the code to go to the quiz question. Leave your answer (and your email address). That’s it!

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Money Smart Week April 20 – 25, 2015

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ART MARKET
Tuesday, April 21 2015 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Griffin Room
Children, K-2, will be given play money to spend on craft supplies to make a beautiful mask. They will explore wants vs. needs and budgeting basics.

LEARNING TO SAVE WITH ALEXANDER
Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the Griffin Room
Kids, K-2, will hear a story reading of “Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday”  and decorate a ceramic piggy bank.  They will explore the challenges and benefits of saving.

dollar sign  For Teens:

WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD By UCONN Extension Program
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the Cook Room
This program by the UCONN Extension Program, gives young people (ages 13-18) the opportunity to imagine their lives as young employed adults. They select occupations, find out their incomes and estimated taxes, and open checking and savings accounts. They then visit tables and interact with adult volunteers as they make common spending decisions. Through the learning exercise, they learn about managing money, living within their incomes, identifying spending priorities, saving and dealing with unexpected expenses.

 

dollar sign  For Adults:

COUPONING 101 With Gina Juliano
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Griffin Room
Everyone knows about coupons and how to use them, but not everyone knows how to use them effectively.  In this two hour course, participants will learn how to maximize their savings and use coupons to shop for FREE.  In addition, participants will learn how to find coupon savings and deals online and in stores.  Several tips and tricks for “frugalizing” your pets and home will also be discussed

RAISING FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE CHILDREN
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:30 to 7:15 pm in the Children’s Library

BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME  By Christopher Blum, William Raveis Mortgage Company
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Griffin Room

PROTECTING YOUR MONEY: TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR DEBT AND AVOIDING SCAMS By Kathleen Titsworth, CT Dept. of Banking
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Griffin Room
Ms. Titsworth will discuss ways to manage your debt and repair your credit the right way and avoid common mistakes.  She will also provide information about financial scams and fraud and how to avoid them.

Save Connecticut Library Funding

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The proposed State budget not only zeroes out funding but eliminates the enabling statutes that allow needed library programs and services to exist!

The proposed budget :

  • Eliminates funding for the Connecticut Humanities Council
  • Eliminates funding for the Connecticard Program
  • Eliminates funding for Cooperating Library Supports
  • Eliminates Funding for Grants to Local Public Libraries
  • Eliminates Funding for Computer Access

Cutting Connecticard means

  •  CT residents will no longer be able to borrow from any public library across the state and local libraries will be forced to shut their doors to their neighbors
  • The savings CT residents realized through Connecticard ($68M in 2014 by borrowing 4.5 million items from libraries across the state) will vanish

 Slashing Cooperating Library Service Units (CLC) means

  •  The Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC), formed by the merger of four CLSUs saving CT taxpayers through coordinated services and efficiencies, will be crippled
  • Without state funding, CLC will severely hampered in its mission of saving public libraries and taxpayers over $7.1M annually by coordinating the purchase of books and other products for the state’s public, school and academic libraries.

 WHAT CAN YOU DO

Contact your Meriden state representative and let them know what the loss of these services would mean to you

Senator Dante Bartolomeo       860-240-8600 or 1-800-842-1420
Email: Bartolomeo@senatedems.ct.gov
Mail: State Capitol Room 011, Hartford, CT 06106-1591

State Representative Emil “Buddy” Altobello      860-240-8585 or 1-800-842-8267
Mail: Legislative Office Building Room 4015, Hartford, CT 06106-1591

State Representative Catherine Abercrombie       860-240-0492 or 1-800842-1902
Email: Catherine.Abercrombie@cga.ct.gov
Mail: Legislative Office Building Room 2002

State Representative Hilda Santiago      860-240-8500 or 1-800-842-8267
Email: Hilda.Santiago@cga.ct.gov
Mail: Legislative Office Building Room 4000

Meriden Public Library 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT 06450 Front desk 203.238.2344 Info desk 203.238.2347 Fax 203.238.3647