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Curtis Memorial Library has been awarded a $92,140 grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation

February 10, 2015

Curtis Memorial Library has been awarded a $92,140 grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association as part of the nationwide Smart investing@your library® program.

                                       Curtis Library to launch “Making it in Maine:  Living the Good Life,”

a year-long, financial education program beginning in September.

 [Brunswick, ME] – Curtis Memorial Library is pleased to continue providing community access to better financial and investor information and educational programs thanks to receiving a second grant from the Smart investing@your library® program.

 Curtis Memorial Library is one of 21 public libraries nationwide recently chosen through a competitive process to receive a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation as part of Smart investing@your library®.

 With this funding, Curtis Memorial Library will develop a community-wide financial literacy program – focused on helping individuals and families who want to learn simple strategies and skills to achieve better financial health.  The year-long series will feature a variety of practical, easy-to-implement educational tools and opportunities for people to access at the library, online and at community partner sites.  

 “It’s an honor to once again receive this generous grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.  Maine is a beautiful place to live with a wonderful quality of life.  But ‘making a living’ here can require some creative finance and money skills,” said Library Director Elisabeth Doucett. “Smart investing@your library® gives us the chance to be innovative and make financial literacy accessible to all.  We’re excited by the prospect of collaborating in new ways with trusted community partners to deliver information that helps people build a brighter financial future.”

 “Curtis Memorial Library looks forward to working with community partners Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program, United Way of Midcoast Maine, and Briggs Advertising, among others, to ensure these programs have the greatest reach and impact to everyone in our community.”

Program plans include a Family Financial Fair and How-To Festival; Curtis Money Meetups; workshops; exhibits and mini-classes in the Collaboratory; library materials; additional staff training and web modules.

“The libraries participating in this grant program make reliable financial information and education readily accessible in their communities,” said Gerri Walsh, President of the FINRA Foundation. “Libraries are paying close attention to their communities’ needs and aspirations, and can respond in creative, sustainable ways to help residents achieve financial goals for themselves and their families.”

Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine is the only New England library to receive a grant.  Other recipients are:

Appalachian Regional Library System, West Jefferson, N.C.

Edwin A. Bemis Public Library, Littleton, Colo.

Boone County Public Library, Burlington, Ky.

Chicago Public Library, Chicago

Clayton County Library System, Jonesboro, Ga.

Emmet O’Neal Library, Mountain Brook, Ala.

Fulton-Montgomery Community College Library, Johnstown, NY

Hawaii State Public Library System, Honolulu, Hawaii

Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Mo.

Lake Region State College Library, Devils Lake, N.D.

Lebanon Community Library District, Lebanon, Pa.

Montrose Regional Library District, Montrose, Colo.

Patchogue-Medford Library, Patchogue, N.Y.

Pike County Public Library District, Pikeville, KY.

Pioneer Library System, Norman, Okla.

Salt Lake County Library Services, West Jordan, Utah

San Diego Public Library, San Diego

San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco

Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach, Va.

Washington-Centerville Public Library, Centerville, Ohio

 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.

 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.

 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.

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

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