At the Library: Books to teach you how to manage your money

At the Library: Books to teach you how to manage your money

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?!?

Top-requested books■1. “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn■2. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah■3. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff■4. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng■5. “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson■6. “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones■7. “The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks■8. “The Fallen” by David Baldacci■9. “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner■10. “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin

Top-requested movies■1. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”■2. “Lady Bird”■3. “The Shape of Water”■4. “Darkest Hour”■5. “Wonder”■6. “The Post”■7. “Thor: Ragnarok”■8. “Murder on the Orient Express”■9. “The Greatest Showman”■10. “Call Me by Your Name”

Top billingFor All Ages■MONDAY –– 4-7 p.m., Tax Prep Help (with AARP) – This program is available to all taxpayers, no AARP membership required. Drop by the library for assistance with your taxes, given on a first-come, first-served basis; 6-7 p.m., Computer Basics 1: Mouse Basics – This free workshop will help you master the use of the mouse or touchpad to interact with the computer.■TUESDAY –– 10-11 a.m., Family Storytime – Come by every Tuesday for storytime with Miss Sandy; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Writer’s Workshop – Writers of all types and experience levels are welcome to join. Come with work that you would like to receive feedback on from the group; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit & Crochet Club – Bring your project, work on a project with others, or swap yarn and ideas with fellow yarnies; 6-7:45 p.m., Ninigret Quilters – Members of the Ninigret Quilters will be in the Makerspace for a weekly meetup! Bring a project to work on, or stop by if you have questions/need pointers.■WEDNESDAY –– 10-10:45 a.m., 1 to 3-Year-Old Storytime – We’ll venture through story and song in this interactive storytime; 11-11:45 a.m., Homeschooler’s Book Group (FULL) – Our book for this session is Story Thieves by James Riley; 4-5:30 p.m., Board Game Bonanza – We’ll have a ton of board games available, but feel free to bring your own from home as well; 5-7:45 p.m., Meet the Artists of the Paint/Print Winter Festival Exhibition - Join us in the Hoxie Gallery and meet some of the local printmakers and painters featured in the current exhibit. Artists will be demonstrating various techniques, and refreshments will be served.■THURSDAY –– 10-10:45 a.m., 3 to 5-Year-Old Storytime – This story hour is full of stories, song, play, and crafts; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Poetry SLAM! – Come to our very first poetry slam in the Auditorium! We’ll begin with an open mic, then do some free-writing with a second chance to read our poems. Snacks provided; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome; 6-7 p.m., Adult Writer’s Workshop – We will be meeting to share our work, discuss readings, and free-write together! New members are always welcome; 6-7:30 p.m., Computer Basics 2: Fundamentals of Windows – Become more familiar with Windows 10 desktop, and learn the basics of files, programs, and storage.■FRIDAY –– 1-4 p.m., Paint Your Feelings – Drop by the Teen Space for a therapeutic painting session – no talent or experience required!■SATURDAY –– 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tax Prep Help (with AARP) – This program is available to all taxpayers, no AARP membership required. Drop by the library for assistance with your taxes, given on a first-come, first-served basis; 1-3 p.m., Teen Drawing Circle – Every artist has to start somewhere, and this is a great chance to work on your skills and learn from one another; 6-10 p.m., 4th Annual Laughs for a Cause – Join us for another fantastic fundraising event at the Haversham, featuring entertainment by the “Thief of Thoughts” himself, Lon Cerel! Tickets are on sale online or at the Circulation desk, at $65 for reserved seating and $50 for general seating.

Jules Belanger is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.


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