BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS BEEN AWARDED A $100,00 GRANT FROM THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY REGULATORY AUTHORITY (FINRA) INVESTOR EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AS PART OF THE NATIONWIDE SMARTINVESTING@YOURLIBRARY® PROGRAM

June 1, 2012

 

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS BEEN AWARDED A $100,00 GRANT FROM THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY REGULATORY AUTHORITY (FINRA) INVESTOR EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AS PART OF THE NATIONWIDE SMARTINVESTING@YOURLIBRARY®  PROGRAM

 

 

Brooklyn Public Library launches financial education programs with grant

 

Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Public Library is pleased to announce that access to better financial and investor information and educational events is coming to Brooklyn with the launch of Smart investing@your library®. 

 

Brooklyn Public Library was one of 16 public libraries nationwide selected for the grant by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation as part of Smart investing@your library®. This prestigious grant will help build the capacity of the Library to provide effective, unbiased financial and investor education to the community. 

 

With the funding, the Library will offer a series of free workshops and services from May, 2012 through April, 2013 that will provide consumers with valuable information on managing credit and debt, maximizing investments and avoiding financial scams and fraud.  

 

“This generous grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation couldn't have come at a better time,” said Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library.  “Smart investing@your library® allows us to provide people with information they can trust to help them arrive at a brighter financial future. We’re particularly pleased because of the opportunity this affords us to associate with the Wharton School’s Knowledge@Wharton High School, a member of the Knowledge @Wharton global network which promotes global financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership among high school students and educators by providing free innovative educational content.”

The Library will be working with a variety of other organizations to provide teen workshops; seminars for families, the self-employed, seniors and military families; and one-on-one financial counseling.  Additionally, virtual investment clubs will introduce teens and adults to the stock market in a safe, no-risk environment. 

 

 

For more information visit our website at www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/growingdollars/

 

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 located throughout the borough. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a large selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, literacy programs and public computers. BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, catalog information and free homework help, are available to customers of all ages 24 hours a day at our website: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

ABOUT Smart investing@your library®:  

Smart investing@your library® is a partnership between the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The program supports public libraries across the country in their efforts to meet financial education needs at the local level. 

 

ABOUT REFERENCE AND USER SERVICES ASSOCIATION:  

The Reference and User Services Association is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need. 

 

ABOUT ALA:  

Established in 1876, the American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world. It strives to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. For more information, visit www.ala.org.

 

ABOUT FINRA:  

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation and complementary compliance and technology-based services. FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business—from registering and educating all industry participants to examining securities firms, writing rules, enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws, informing and educating the investing public, providing trade reporting and other industry utilities, and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and firms. For more information, visit www.finra.org.

 

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

                                         

 

                         

###

 
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