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"Making It In Maine" Financial Eduation program

September 14, 2015

Curtis Library launches “Making it in Maine,” a year-long, financial education program, with a FREE Meal for all ages.


[Brunswick, ME] – – Curtis Memorial Library invites the community to a Money Smart Family Meal Night on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 pm, to learn about the basics of budgeting.

 Curtis Library is partnering with New Ventures Maine, Finance Authority of Maine, and Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union to offer a series of Money Smart Family Meals. Each event will include a free meal and a series of age-appropriate programs that aim to teach people the basics of budgeting, credit and saving through a series of games, activities and everyday tips.

 Thursday’s event is one of three such events Curtis Library plans to hold throughout the year. Plans call for similar nights in December and April. They’re being funded by a $92,000 Smart investing@your library® grant, which provides money for education programs.

During Money Smart Family Meal Nights, the Library offers workshops for all ages at the same time. “With a free meal provided, busy families are able to participate without having to find childcare or cook dinner!” said Adult Services Manager, Sarah Brown.  “We want to make it easy for everyone in the community to participate and benefit from the Smart Investing @ Your Library grant .”

 In order to take part in the event, please register by calling the Reference Desk at 725-5242 x510.

 For the complete list of workshops at Curtis Memorial Library funded by the Smart investing @ your library grant, visit

Curtis Memorial Library is one of 21 public libraries nationwide 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®.

“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.”

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

 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

 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


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