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What the Presidential Election Means to Your Investments

Many investors are worried about how the recent Presidential election results will impact their portfolio. Financial expert and Observer & Eccentric columnist Rick Bloom will discuss ways to reach your financial goals by focusing on the proper investment strategies and not the rhetoric coming out of Washington, D.C.

Join us on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 PM and learn to invest wisely.

Stay Safe - Avoid Identity Theft

'Tis the season of good will, families, shopping and scam artists!  Sergeant Pat Sullivan of the Canton Public Safety Department, will share ways to avoid identity theft, especially during this busy holiday shopping season.  He will also discuss how to "Take Charge" if it does happen to you.
Join us for this important evening on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM.

Excel Basics

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills. Join us Friday, November 9th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

Older Adults October, 2012

In a rut, looking to change, improve, grow?   Attend   AARP online retreat  "5 Weeks to a New Life" without leaving home.  The five webinars focus on marriage, money, and personal growth.

Social Security Statements Now Accessible Online

Workers who have paid into the Social Security system can now view their personalized earnings and benefits information with the launch of a new portal by the U.S. Social Security Administration. The new online Social Security Statement replaces the annual paper statement that was suspended for those between the ages of 25 and 60. Individuals 18 and older can register and create an account and once verified can access their statement and view benefits. In February Social Security resumed mailing paper Statements to workers age 60 and older if they are not already receiving Social Security benefits.

[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Older Adults: March 2012

No matter where you are in your life span, you need a life plan. The American Psychological Association Committee on Aging put together a useful brochure to assist in developing an effective plan to secure a healthy, happy, and financially sound old age. Their brochure, Life Plan For The Life Span, begins by checking your attitude and understanding about your aging process by asking important questions.

TechTown and You

Craving guidance to grow your startup? Check out TechTown's upcoming educational workshops designed for entrepreneurs who are hungry to learn:

Try SEMCOG's MiRideshare Program

What would you do with an extra $3000? Where is this money going to come from? By using SEMCOG's (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) MiRideshare. Commuters can save up to $3000 per year by sharing a ride to work. If you register for the program during the month of February, you could also win a $100 Amazon gift card. Information on transportation options is available at SEMCOG's website. High gas prices are not as scary when you're sharing the cost.

It's Tax Time with H&R Block

Join Phyllis Wood and her team from Canton's H&R Block to learn the latest tax law changes in Michigan. Don't miss an opportunity to receive the best refund possible on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 PM.

2011 Tax Forms

It’s tax time again, so here’s some information regarding Federal and State tax forms at the Canton Public Library:

Federal

  1. Form #1040 has arrived and is now available on the spinner rack at the Main Help Desk
  2. All federal tax forms are currently available online. Delivery of the Instructions 1040-ALL will begin in late January and continue through mid-February. When they arrive they will be available on the spinner rack at the Main Help Desk
  3. Publication 17 will be available at the check out desk, the copy machines and the Main Help Desk. Patrons may use these to make copies but they should not be removed from the building

State

Michigan state tax forms are now available at the library! They are located on a spinner rack at the Main Help Desk. They are also available online.

Tech Town Open House

You are invited to TechTown's Open House on Tuesday, February 7 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Register at the TechTown site or call 313-879-5250.

If you have an idea for a new product or business or need help developing your idea, tour TechTown's facilities, learn how they can help you, or chat with TechTown's entrepenuer of the month at their this monthly open house.

Getting Your Financial House in Order with SOFA

The Society of Financial Awareness (SOFA) sends expert John Badalamenti to help you pay off debt with specific strategies. Badalamenti will also provide steps for using your tax refund to improve your financial future. Let's all get our house in order on January 19 at 7:00 PM.

Rick Bloom of Bloom Asset Management

Join the well-know financial guru as he discusses "5 Reasons Why Baby Boomer's Retirement is Different Than Their Parents." Are you planning for or getting closer to the big day when you stop working? Then you need to hear what Bloom has to say on November 10 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room.

Planning for Your Children's Education

The sooner you begin this important goal, the greater you chances of fulfilling the dream. What are your options and where do you start? How has the economy affected you? How do you balance these goals with your other financial priorities? The HANTZGROUP can help you with your plans. Join us on October 20 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. Bring your questions!

Friends 2011 Financial Report

Friends of the Canton Public Library year-to-date income and expenditures for 2011, July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 (cash basis):

Income

Line ItemAmount
Book Store Sales57,850.27
Book & Author Lunch239.24
Donations Received100.00
Interest Inc. (PNC)34.25
Membership Dues3,275.00
Total$61,498.76

Expenditures

Line ItemAmount
CPL64,110.65
Collection Funding — Mich. History500.00
Collection Funding — Womens500.00
Collection Funding — Business500.00
Collection Funding — Multicultural500.00
Collection Funding — Other10,193.12
Endowment Fund10,000.00
Other CPL8,865.53
Programming30,052.00
Scholarships500.00
Social Events2,500.00
Events3,319.63
Community500.00
Friends2,819.63
Operation Expense6,807.12
Furniture & Equipment284.91
Memberships Paid160.00
Postage201.00
Printing and Reproduction700.00
Return Checks0.00
Sales Tax3,766.47
Supplies & Misc354.74
Tax Preparation & Audit1,340.00
Total-$74,237.40

Overall

Line ItemAmount
Income61,498.76
Expenditures-74,237.40
Total-12,738.64

Accel­er­ate Michi­gan Inno­va­tion Competition

The Accelate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business plan competition designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity.

Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled for at least 2 classes in a Michigan public or private university or college for the fall 2011 semester are eligible. The deadline date for students' entries is September 30, 2011.

(Photo Credit: Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service. 08 Jul. 2004. eLibrary. Web. 10 Aug. 2011.)