Library offers finance classes

Mesa County Libraries will offer a series of classes in May aimed at improving people’s personal finances, beginning with a class on identity theft May 3.

The identity-theft class includes a panel discussion with law enforcement, district attorney and Alpine Bank representatives. The panel will discuss warning signs people should watch for to avoid identity theft and ways people can protect themselves from having personal information stolen.

On May 12, the library will host “Smart Spending,” a class about how to keep grocery bills low and spending habits in check. Rhonda Follman of Colorado State University Tri-River Extension will discuss the importance of sticking to a budget, making lists and saving money on the basics.

On May 16, Serenity Melnick of Legacy Wealth Management will host “Money Management 101,” a class on debt management, savings, budgeting and checkbook balancing.

Bob Delavan of Investment Planning Solutions will discuss how to save for retirement, how much money a person needs to retire, and what Social Security checks will be worth for individuals at the May 23 session on “Retirement Planning.”

Finally, on May 24, John Tufts of Better Investing will host “Choosing Investments.” The session will focus on how to use investment research and stock and fund analysis service Morningstar to evaluate stocks and mutual funds.

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. in the downstairs programming room at the Central Library, 530 Grand Ave.


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