Financial Literacy at Your Library

This week, we are talking about Financial Literacy, one of the five literacies recognized by PA Forward. Financial Literacy is the ability to understand and make informed decisions about finances, i.e. mortgage, car loans, student loans, and yes, taxes!

If you missed our article about PA Forward and its five literacy categories, check it out here: What is PA Forward?

Tax Forms

It is true that several public libraries in our area receive several tax forms for patrons to take. However, the push to make everything available online means that you may see less printed tax forms readily available, as the quantity is limited.

This is where the Reference Department at the Library can help. You can use one of the Library’s computers to print out a tax form for free when you show your library card. If you need help filling out the form, reference librarians can direct you to the right tax office in Scranton or nearby that can help.

Maker Mondays

Once tax season is over, the library continues to provide resources and programs related to Financial Literacy. Select Maker Mondays throughout the year will invite financial professionals to present a free workshop at the Library. In the past, we have been able to collaborate with NET Credit Union to provide workshops on scholarships and identity protection.

Library Book/eBook Collection

The Library’s book and eBook collection also has many resources that will teach you about these topics. Here are a few examples of what you can check out at the Library.

The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2016





The Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later





The Everything Everyday Math Book: From Tipping to Taxes, All the Real-World, Everyday Math Skills You Need




Click here to share with us your suggestions on the financial programs you would like to see the Library host or if you have a financial book you’d like us to add to the collection.

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