Library helps boost financial literacy

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Anyone looking to improve their financial literacy or position should visit the Brantford Public Library.

The library has many books and resources available to help people achieve financial wellness. In fact, becoming a library member is one of the best financial decisions you could make.

A membership gives people free access to thousands of hours of learning and entertainment resources. You could enjoy hundreds of dollars worth of products and services.

Lbrary members can get full access to the library’s entire book, eBook and audiobook collection, which has hundreds of thousands of items. Beyond traditional books, there is also free access to (Library Edition), LinkedIn Learning video tutorials, Universal Class video tutorials, the Grant Connect fundraising database and free digital newspapers and magazines through the Library’s PressReader and RBdigital services.


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The library also is hosting regular online events in lieu of the in-person events that were held prior to the pandemic. These events are free and often cover topics that could benefit a person financially.  For example, the library recently held an online discussion about wills and estates with local lawyer Jamie Hitchon. Using all of these items not only saves a person money, but also provides them with easy access to information on the subject of financial literacy.

You can start with the classics when it comes to personal finance books, including The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns. A more contemporary book on personal finance with a Canadian focus is Worry-Free Money by Shannon Lee Simmons, which provides practical advice on tackling overspending and spending money on things that don’t bring happiness.

If you are getting closer to retirement age, you will want to read the 2019 book, The Joy of Being Retired by Ernie Zelinski.

The beauty of personal finance books is that they are often written in an easy-to-digest manner. So, it isn’t too intimidating for a financially illiterate person to pick up a book.

If someone really did want to cover all of their bases, however, the library has a number of Canadian-specific “For Dummies” books that cover topics such as investing, building wealth and personal finance.

Call or visit the library if you need assistance finding a specific book. Library staff also can help guide you in your search for books and materials on any topic.

At Your Library is a weekly column provided by the staff of the Brantford Public Library. Readers requiring more information can visit

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