The Las Animas – Bent County Library District completed a training course in October in preparation for bringing financial literacy learning opportunities to Bent County.

The Las Animas – Bent County Library District completed a training course in October in preparation for bringing financial literacy learning opportunities to Bent County. Instruction was provided at a two-day summit held in Estes Park and attended by Kaye Kasza of the Colorado State University Extension Office in Las Animas.

Las Animas Library is one of the 13 Colorado libraries chosen to participate in a new initiative called Common Cents for Colorado. Over the next two years, the library will offer, at no charge, an extensive array of classes and events, all directed toward improving individual and community understanding of financial concepts.

The program seeks to provide accurate, unbiased, basic financial education. A few of the topics include basic financial literacy, expense control, credit management, saving tactics and other strategies. From retirees, mid lifers, to children there is something for everyone.

Kaye Kasza is the program facilitator and has worked for CSU Extension for over 30 years. Kaye provides financial resource management education to families in Southeast Colorado through collaboration with Head Start and the Department of Social Services. Library director Paula Shane says she is excited to work with Kaye on this project and is looking forward to what she will learn in the programs herself.

The Common Cents for Colorado program is made possible by a grant from FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Foundation) through SmartInvesting@yourlibary, a partnership with the American Library Association.

John Gannon, president of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation commented “With the help of these programs, Americans can turn to their libraries to get the best available financial information to make smart decisions for their financial future. Our goal is to turn library cards into passports for people hoping to arrive at a brighter financial future.”