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Money Smart Storytime

Money Smart Week, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their finances, takes place during the week of April 5-12. Join us for a special Money Smart storytime for kids ages 3-5. We'll read some money-themed stories and have a free book giveaway.

Program Date: April 10, 10:00 AM

U.S. Mint for Kids

Hey Kids, have you noticed that the back design on pennies has changed recently? Are you collecting State Quarters? Have you ever heard about Fort Knox, the secret compound where our nation's gold is stored? You can learn about all of these and more at the H.I.P. Pocket Change Web Site, from the U.S. Mint. You'll find out that those coins jingling in your pockets aren't just pocket change.

It Pays to Recycle at Local Retailers

Beginning November 1st Target will give a 5ยข discount for every reusable bag customers use to pack their purchases. Over the next three weeks CVS will also roll out a similar program in its stores. Participating CVS customers will receive $1 cash bonus on their CVS card every four times they buy something but don't request plastic bags. Smaller retailers such as Trader Joe's, Hiller's and Whole Foods have been offering financial incentives to re-use bags for some time. With large retailers like Target and CVS following suit the two programs could keep billions of plastic bags out of the environment and nudge other big retailers to take similar steps.

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Get Creative @ Saving for College

There's still time for your child to win $1500 towards his/her college education. You have until August 21 to enter the Get Creative @ Saving for College prize drawing (sponsored by the Michigan Education Trust, Michigan Education Savings Program, and the Library of Michigan Foundation.) Entry forms and instructions are available in the library lobby. (And remember, the home libraries of the sweepstakes winners also get a cash prize for the 2010 Summer Reading program!)

Have you read "The Number"?

Book jacket to"The Number" made me re-think how much money I would need to retire, how much longer I might live and how to best invest my money.