The Florence County Library System is currently conducting a “Name That Monster” contest for area schoolchildren to name its new money monster mascot. The money monster will be used to promote the library’s financial education efforts and help teach financial literacy to children of all ages. The contest is open to 5K through 6th grade students who live in Florence County. The student whose entry is selected will be announced in late January 2014 and receive a prize. Students may submit their entry at any of six Florence County Library System locations now through Jan. 10, 2014, including Florence, Timmonsville, Olanta, Lake City, Johnsonville, and Pamplico. Along with the mascot, the library will be launching a series of new programs for children, teens, and adults to help them learn more about money and navigate personal finance issues, such as saving for college, planning for retirement, and avoiding debt and financial scams.
All of these programs and resources are made possible by Smart Investing @ your library®, a partnership between the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Foundation. The Florence County Library System recently received a $50,600 grant to continue and expand its financial literacy program which began with its 2011 grant from Smart Investing @ your library®. Partnering with the library on this initiative are the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, Florence Area AARP, Project Hope (a South Carolina Department of Social Services initiative), The Benefit Bank of South Carolina, and others. The goal of the program is to help Florence County residents become financially savvy and resistant to scams and fraud. For more information, please visit www.florencelibrary.org or call the Greenberg Children’s Library at (843) 413-7070.