In the spirit of tax season, I’ve been updating our personal finance collection (Dewey number 332.024). I was surprised how popular these books are, so I thought I’d share some new and still circulating titles.
“Rich Dad Poor Dad” (2017) by Robert T. Kiyosaki has been updated, and is enjoying brisk circulation in our libraries at the moment — the copy in front of me is looking rather well-thumbed. The book explains how money works, and how we learn about money from our family — for good or bad. It’s written with the financial crash in mind, and a hope that sound financial literacy can be taught, in turn, to our children.
In “You Need a Budget” (2017), Jesse Mecham says, “You save to remodel the bathroom and still worry it’s the wrong move because your laptop is about to croak and the dog has a funny limp. That tight feeling hits your chest.” His book aims to break the paralysis and help us make confident financial decisions. Who knew budgeting could be so freeing!
Updated bestseller “The Automatic Millionaire” (2016) by David Bach remains popular in our libraries. It aims to make managing money, particularly savings and investments, easy to understand, so that we can just set everything up, and carry on with life.
“America’s Cheapest Family” (2007) by Steve and Annette Economides is more than 10 years old, yet it remains very popular with Rhode Island library patrons. The authors have created a comfortable and debt-free life for themselves and their children on a modest income — paying down their mortgage in nine years, buying cars for cash, taking nice vacations, etc. Their book covers subjects such as groceries, cars, housing, utilities, debt, clothing, entertainment and investments.
“Think and Grow Rich” (reprinted original 1937 text) by Napoleon Hill is a classic work on the philosophy of successful men such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilbur Wright and so on. The book was written with the confidence of a bygone age and is surprisingly readable, if quaintly old fashioned — perhaps odd in places. It was one of the first motivational books and is often referred to in other books on personal finance. Its circulation in Rhode Island libraries remains steady.
These are all free to borrow with a Rhode Island library card. How’s that for good money management?!?
Jules Belanger is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.