BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES FREE GROWING DOLLARS AND $ENSE SEMINARS FOR ADULTS & TEENS

May 6, 2010

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES FREE
GROWING DOLLARS AND $ENSE SEMINARS FOR ADULTS & TEENS

Free seminars, interactive workshops, and one-on-one counseling
offer tools for managing money and planning for the future

Brooklyn Public Library is empowering adults and teens to take control of their financial future though a series of free “Growing Dollars and $ense” seminars at many neighborhood libraries. Participants will learn to set goals, manage their debt, find the right bank, reduce taxes and much more. Beyond the seminars, the library is also offering interactive workshops, and one-on-one counseling sessions for adults to review personal finance records.

WHAT: Growing Dollars and $ense Seminars
Series of free workshops and counseling sessions covering all aspects of personal finance. The program is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.

WHO:Presenters include:
Coalition for Debtor Education (CDE): CDE is a not-for-profit organization whose continuing mission is to assist consumers, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations, in understanding and improving their ability to manage their financial affairs. CDE will deliver the adult workshops for Growing Dollars and $ense.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration): Restoration is the nation's first community development corporation, and it partners with residents and businesses to improve the quality of life of Central Brooklyn by fostering economic self sufficiency, enhancing family stability and growth, promoting the arts and culture and transforming the neighborhood into a safe, vibrant place to live, work and visit. Restoration will provide free counseling sessions for adults.
Tischelle George: Founder and President of Mind Your Money (MYM), Ms. George created the organization in 2004 in response to the need for practical financial education that was evidenced by the young adults that she taught at elementary, middle, and high schools in Brooklyn. She will deliver the programs for teens.

Updates to the seminar, workshops, and one-on-one counseling schedules will be available on the Dollars and $ense website: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/growingdollars

For more information, to schedule an interview, or to attend a workshop, please contact Stefanie Arck, Manager of Marketing & Communications at Brooklyn Public Library at 718.230.2458 or Karyn Ravin at Maletzky Media at 212.829.1050.

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ABOUT FINRA
The FINRA Investor Education Foundation is the largest foundation in the United States dedicated to investor education. Its mission is to provide investors with high-quality, easily accessible information and tools to better understand the markets and the basic principles of saving and investing. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. For details about grant programs and other FINRA Foundation initiatives, visit www.finrafoundation.org.

ABOUT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States with 60 neighborhood libraries. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a huge selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, job search help, literacy programs, public computers and the largest WiFi network in the borough. BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, as well as catalog information, are available to customers 24 hours a day at our website: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

Contact
Marketing & Communications
Brooklyn Public Library
718.230.2767
mediainfo@bklynlibrary.org

Brooklyn Public Library is an independent New York City library system serving the borough of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest in the United States. Its Central Library, Business Library, and 58 neighborhood libraries offer free information, programs and computer access to people of all ages. You can reach the Library's resources of over 70 reference databases, catalog information and news 24 hours a day at www.bklynlibrary.org