April 25, 2017 at CPL

Money Smart Week® is an annual public awareness campaign designed to help you take better control of your finances. In honor of this event, The Canton Public Library will be featuring special money related blog posts during the month of April. These posts will feature librarian selected resources on a variety of topics including: Eating on a Budget, Life Hacks to Save You Money and Travel for Less.

Starting April 22 we invite you to participate in our interactive display by sharing your financial dreams with us.   Stop in the library and tell us "What are You Saving For?" by writing your answer on a  paper cloud. Then be sure to watch our website and social media where we will feature responses and offer library resources to help get you where you want to be!

Since 2010 we've heard "there's an app for that." So why not use an app that will help you accumulate or invest a penny here or there without the limits of a brick-and-mortar institution? There are numerous apps on the market that let you do just this. As always, make sure to research apps and websites before entering any personal information.

  • Mint - this app "brings together everything from balances and bills to your credit score and more. It’s your financial life, in one place that’s easy to understand." Mint is intended to give an overview of finances and help create a budget.
  • You Need a Budget (YNAB) - "Combines easy software with Four Simple Rules to help you quickly gain control of your money, get out of debt, and save more money faster." Similar to Mint but requires a fee and more hands-on management. 
  • Acorns - "Automatically invests your spare change." When connected to a checking account, this app collects the change left after rounding up your purchases and puts it into exchange traded investment funds.
  • Digit - "Saves for you so you don't have to think about it!" Digit is similar to Acorns but works by grabbing random amounts like $2.00 one day and $5.00 a few days later
  • Tip Yourself - "You tip everyone else, but what about yourself? Tip Yourself! You Earned it!" This app is works like a swear jar or a piggy bank except you transfer small amounts of money from a linked account. 

Check out these links for more info:

11 Apps to Automate Your Savings

These Apps Are the Perfect Money Saving Tools for Lazy People Like Me

Budgeting Software Showdown

Saving App Showdown

 

 

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it"  -- Neil De Grasse Tyson.

 

March for Science   April 22, 2017

 

On Saturday, April 29 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, area families with at-risk and special populations are invited to this FREE event at the Summit on the Park. You can meet Canton and Plymouth first responders including public safety officers, firefighters and paramedics. Also enjoy hands-on displays, ask questions, and learn about local programs and resources for everyone. Refreshments available for purchase. The Summit is located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton. For more information, please call (734) 394-5367 or email cantontr@canton-mi.org. Program presented in partnership with Canton Public Safety, Canton Leisure Services, and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.

bitcoin currency

 

 

Bitcoin is a revolutionary new currency that was created anonymously in 2009. Transactions are made with no middle men – meaning, no banks! There are no transaction fees and no need to give your real name. More merchants are beginning to accept bitcoins. You can buy services, pizza or even manicures. Bitcoins are earned when people compete by using computers to solve complex mathematical problems. Currently, a winner is awarded 25 bitcoins every 10 minutes. OR, one can buy bitcoins at a bitcoin exchange using various currencies.

Here are Bitcoin books that explain more about it:

Blockchain revolution : how the technology behind bitcoin is changing money, business, and the world / Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

The age of cryptocurrency : how Bitcoin and digital money are challenging the global economic order / Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey

Digital gold : Bitcoin and the inside story of the misfits and millionaires trying to reinvent money / Nathaniel Popper

Here are websites that explain it in full:

 CNN Money

What is Bitcoin? (with introductory video)

Bitcoin Introduction with resources, links to participate, and frequently asked questions

The library is celebrating Cultural Diversity Month! Cultural Diversity means we appreciate different cultures within our society and communities. Our staff has contributed a variety of items representing their cultural heritages. Stop in to check out books on display or view our reading lists featuring cultural diversity in our collections on our website.