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Financial Literacy Now: New York

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Campaign for Financial Literacy

Bringing Financial Literacy to Those Who Need It Most

At the heart of The New York Public Library's mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities is the clear goal of improving the lives of New Yorkers. And, promoting the financial literacy of the most underserved populations in this City is paramount.

In 2009, the Library launched JobSearch@NYPL in response to the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs in New York City. The impact has been tremendous and one that the Library hopes to replicate with this financial literacy campaign. For Zvi Blech who visited the Library this spring, the job search resources and staff are vital: "They are very flexible. They work with you." Mr. Blech says that he tells everyone about NYPL's "phenomenal" free classes and services.

As essential as it is to help New Yorkers re-enter the workforce, promoting financial literacy once they're employed is a crucial next step. The Library offers a wealth of financial resources, from electronic databases to printed materials, and an expert staff to guide users seeking to educate themselves in financial matters. The Library conducts more than 100 classes with staff who are extremely knowledgeable about resources relating to finance and investments. Volunteer financial experts deployed throughout the Library's 87 branches will broaden the general public's access to free money management resources and tools.

The New York Public Library is poised to expand this new financial literacy campaign in libraries across the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Please visit www.nypl.org for more information about The New York Public Library.

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