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Fairfax County, Virginia

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financial info at the library

January 11, 2018
Whether its weight loss or investing, someone always makes it sound so easy. “It’s just a matter of expending more calories than you take in,” said the stick figure who gets up at five every morning to run and loves lettuce as a snack. Then there are the financial gurus who make managing our income and investments sound easy, “just spend less than you make,” or “buy low, sell high!” If you need more financial guidance than that, mark your calendars for any of the following events occurring in library branches in the next few weeks. Below the events listing, find more resources for getting your personal finances in order and take a quiz to check on your own financial literacy. Attend Create a financial wellness plan at Lorton Library, Tuesdays in January and February, 5:15 p.m. Discover great tools for research investments and building a portfolio through Morningstar (people pay $$ every year for a subscription to Morningstar, but you have free access with your library card!) Jan. 22 at Richard Byrd 7 p.m., January 29 at City of Fairfax Regional Library, 7 p.m. and January 30 at Pohick Regional Library 7 p.m. (Check out the Morningstar online resource.) Join the Dollars and Sense book club at Reston Regional Library. On January 25, 7 p.m., they are discussing Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, and on February 22, 7 p.m., they are discussing Outliers. Attend programs focusing on your financial future at George Mason Regional Library. Learn about investment basics on January 25 and retirement and social security on February 8. Learn about Social Security Jan. 27 at Lorton Library 10:30 a.m. Participate in a financial literacy workshop on credit and fraud February 15 at Richard Byrd Library 7 p.m. Prepare for Retirement February 21 at Pohick Regional Library 1 p.m. Details available in the library’s Events Calendar. Read If you’re setting financial resolutions for 2018, The Hill had a recent article you might enjoy. It specifically suggests your first resolution be to borrow a book from the library and read about personal finance. :-) There are some well-known financial writers and books we’ve liked. There are more than 700 “personal finance” titles in the library, so you can work with a librarian at your local branch to find the best ones for you. Ric Edelman, The Truth about your Future: The Money Guide you Need Now, Later, and Much Later Jean Chatzky, Ageproof: Living Longer without Running out of Money or Breaking a Hip David Bach, Smart Women Grow Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams Andrew P. Tobias, The Only Investment Guide you'll ever Need Suze Orman, The Road to Wealth: A Comprehensive Guide to your Money: Everything you Need to Know in Good and Bad Times David Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness Jane Bryant Quinn, How to Make your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide Other reading options for financial information include in branch or online magazines. A few of your online choices from RBDigital including Forbes and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Check them out. Research We have two online databases that are valuable for conducting research and managing your portfolio. Morningstar Investment Research Center Value Line. Test Test your financial literacy with this quiz from the Investor Education Foundation.

Legal Experts Provide Guidance in 3-Part Series

January 4, 2018
Sometimes you need guidance on legal topics like separation and divorce, wills or landlord tenant law. But where do you start? You can find an answer to all your questions at a special 3-part Kings Park Legal Series beginning January 8 at Kings Park Library. The three presentations and discussions will help you learn about a range of important legal issues. Legal Services of Northern Virginia is facilitating the presentations. No registration is necessary, and all programs are free of charge. Family Law Basics A discussion and overview of basic family law including divorce, separation, custody and support.Monday, January 8, 6–7:30 p.m. Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives and Simple Wills—Your Personal Declaration Documents A discussion and overview of personal declaration documents and necessary planning for the future.Thursday, January 18, 2–3:30 p.m. Tips for Tenants A discussion and overview of basic landlord tenant law, focusing on rights and remedies for the tenant when there are issues with a tenancy including nonpayment, conditions of the unit or illegal lockouts.Tuesday, January 30, 6–7:30 p.m. Kings Park Library is located at 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 703-978-5600.

Gaming at the Pohick Library Teen Center

December 15, 2017
Did you know that we have … 3-D printers? Yep! Teen gaming centers? Yep! eBooks? Yep! Items beyond books available for lending? Yep, including thermal cameras, nature backpacks and Civil War Education kits. (More items coming soon.) How can you stay on top of it all? It’s easy … Visit your local library branch regularly and ask what’s new. Pick up an events calendar while you’re there. Visit us online and spend some time browsing the website and LibGuides. Follow the library on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the library newsletters including the weekly e-news, Family Fun, Ready to Read, Wowbrary and Loud and Clear for people with disabilities. Visit the library’s Flickr and YouTube pages. (They will make you smile; we guarantee it.) Watch the library’s quarterly cable show “Check it Out,” produced by the county’s own Channel 16 staff. Your library supports job seekers, career changers, students at every level, business owners, parents, teens, caregivers, new Americans, entrepreneurs, older adults, preschoolers, and those that just want a “third place” between work/school and home to hangout and access the Wi-Fi. And one last thing …. Check out our phenomenal online resources (we sometimes call them databases) … what a wealth of curated and authoritative information to meet your needs whether financial, health, academic, business, auto mechanics, studying for a test … (and more, more, more) don’t bypass this incredible portal to stats, articles, educational resources and fun ways to learn for all ages … discovered by you (not Google). If you like to be in the know and help others find what they need, browse the database collection today and help us spread the word!    

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