Library Awarded $66,000 for Financial Literacy Programs

Monday, February 09, 2015

Virginia Beach Public Library has been awarded $66,100 to expand financial literacy programming and services for Virginia Beach residents. On Feb. 2, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association named VBPL as one of 21 libraries in the country to receive funding as part of its “Smart investing@your library®” initiative. The goal is to connect residents to high-quality, unbiased financial education and information resources via their public libraries.

Under the banner “Live Simple, Live More,” Virginia Beach Public Library embraces consumer interest in minimalism and aims to help residents become more conscious of their financial decisions through engaging activities dealing with budgeting, saving and investing. VBPL will integrate personal finance topics into existing library programs that have devoted followings. The library will also establish a series of “life event” workshops and courses on retirement planning, financing higher education, preparing financially for a new child and managing changes to marital status.
The library will partner with city departments and local organizations to implement and deliver programs beginning July 2015 and concluding in December 2016.


The library will devote particular attention to senior citizens, military families, women in transitional housing and disabled persons with limited income. VBPL, a sub-regional library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Disabled, will adapt program materials for residents who have accessibility challenges.


The grant was received on behalf of VBPL by the Virginia Beach Library Foundation, a 501c3 certified public charity whose mission is to secure, manage and invest privately raised funds, gifts and bequests in support of Virginia Beach Public Library.

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