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Money Smart Week

Register today for a free webinar on Oct. 1, 2014, to learn how your library can participate in 2015 Money Smart Week @ your library. Register at and participate in this hour-long webinar that will provide you with resources, promotional materials, programming ideas and ways to partner with others in your community, campus or school to get Money Smart Week going at your library.

Money Smart Week @ your library, April 18-25, 2015, is a national initiative in its fifth year between the American Library Association (ALA) and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community—retirees, school kids, college students, everyone—better manage their personal finances. In 2014 over 700 libraries in 48 states participated.

Learn from veterans and first-timers how Money Smart Week @ your library has been a great success for their libraries and how it can be in yours. Discussions will show how easy it is to convey financial topics to your library users.

Topics presented last year include basic banking services, credit and debt management, estate planning, going green to save, housing/mortgages/foreclosures, going to college, identity theft/investment scams/financial fraud, insurance, kids and money, money management for women, preparing for financial emergencies, retirement planning, small business and entrepreneurship, taxes, teens and money and unemployment and job transitioning.

The webinar will be archived.

Visit the Money Smart Week home page of the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) at for additional details about Money Smart Week.

Contact the ALA Chapter Relations Office at 312-280-3200 for more information on how to participate in Money Smart Week @ your library, April 18-25, 2015. Also visit

ATLAS Presents Technology Competencies

 It’s no surprise that library staff should know some technology basics. But, it’s surprisingly challenging to design and implement an attainable, sustainable program of core technology competencies that works for all levels of staff. This workshop will give you pointers on the content and logistics of such a program, insight into approaching the human and emotional aspects of setting those expectations, and a chance to share your ideas and learn from fellow attendees.

 To register, fill out the attached form or download a form at

Call for Proposals for Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

The Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference will be held on June 4 and 5, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. You're invited to submit a proposal for the conference at:

This will be a cost-effective conference that will support resource sharing endeavors in both public and academic libraries in the Great Lakes region. Learn more about the conference at:

Call for Proposals flyer

Story Telling Intervention

Story Telling Intervention - a FREE workshop for new Youth services staff members or those who have had little training in presenting traditional story time sessions. This is planned to be a -laid back - interactive - session.

When: Wednesday, October 1,2014

Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District
8449 50uth Moody Avenue
Burbank,IL 60459

see attachement for more information

Sign-up/register: just send us an email stating you wish to attend and include your name, library and phone number: rfaklis [at] prairietrailslibrary [dot] org