The Kendall Young Library will be participating in "Smart investing at your library" with 18 other libraries in Iowa, in partnership with Iowa State and Iowa library services.
The Kendall Young Library board of trustees met met last night for its monthly meeting where Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze said the library will be hosting three financial education programs. The program kicks off in January and will also hold a six-week investment course with open sign-up for community members in late-Feb. and March.
The six week course will start off with a meeting at the library to introduce people to the program. After that session, there is a workbook and an online component that participants will work through at their own pace at or outside the library. Martin-Schwarze said the program will encompass different stages of people's financial lives.
"It's geared towards your stage in life. There's starting with investing, there's people who are planning for retirement and for in-retirement," Martin-Schwarze said.
There will also be another program geared towards the needs of the community in spring. The library will receive $575 worth of investment financial books and DVDs for their collection. The grant is from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The program is geared towards small, rural communities.
The board also discussed the purchase of two Kindle Fire tablets for the juvenile department. The library has loaded a number of books onto the tablets, and they have allowed the tablets to access the internet so children can read TumbleBooks, an online collection of animated picture books . The tablets can be checked out for 30 minutes at a time and must stay within the library.
There is also a new table with Duplo building blocks and other safe, educational items in a toddler exploration area. It also includes music items and short books.
This was the first meeting of the board since RAGBRAI came through Webster City. The door counter on the library showed 689 entries into the building when the riders came through town, compared to the average of 250. About 70 children and 100 adults came for the film showings throughout the day.
"There was a lot of appreciation for what we offered. People said, 'We couldn't believe it was free that you did this,' and we actually got $80 in donations," Martin-Schwarze said.
The annual fall book sale is also in its planning stages. Martin-Schwarze said she is currently looking at mid to late Oct. for the sale.
The library also received $5,000 from the estate of Hazel Clave yesterday.