The Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System (PPLCS) recently announced plans to expand the personal finance collection at the Marianna library, following receipt of a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation).
The additional tools and resources will give residents information they’ll need when making critical money decisions as they repair, rebuild, and clean up following Hurricane Michael.
“When disaster strikes, the community comes together,” said Administrator Mary Balint. “We want everyone to know that the Library is both a welcoming convening place and a location where our families can obtain unbiased information to guide financial choices that will have lasting impact.”
Filing claims, accessing government resources, managing lump-sum payments from insurance companies, and meeting immediate expenses when income might be disrupted — these are just a few of the money challenges that residents in disaster areas must navigate.
FINRA Foundation President Gerri Walsh noted, “Many of us lack experience with these decisions. Nonetheless, we have to get it right the first time around or face long-term financial consequences. Fortunately, the Library has information that can help.”
The expanded personal finance collection at the Marianna Library is made possible by a $5,000 grant from the FINRA Foundation. For more than a decade, the FINRA Foundation has provided funding, staff training and programs to build the capacity of public libraries to…