The Skinny Wallet

The Great Falls Public Library and Rural Dynamics are co-sponsoring a 12-part workshop series covering all aspects of financial literacy.  Classes are highly interactive, engaging, and lots of fun.  Bring your questions and lots of enthusiasm as you learn to get the most out of your money!

 Classes will be held at the Great Falls Public Library on the first Tuesday of each month beginning with  Get the Most Out of Your Refund on February 2, from 5:30 – 6:30.  They are free and open to the public.


Realistic Resolutions (January) – Start your new year right with S.M.A.R.T. resolutions that will help you make lasting and meaningful changes in your life!
Get the Most Out of Your Refund (February) – It’s tax season!  Learn how to get your taxes done for free, then get the most out of your refund with smart planning.
The Future Starts Now (March) – As spring dawns, it’s the perfect time to learn everything you need for a successful future.  Maximize your savings with savings plans and long-term goal setting!
Make the Most out of Your Money (April) – How’s your spending?  If you’ve ever felt like you didn’t have enough money to pay your bills, this class will teach you how to stretch your dollar to cover all of your costs!
Travel on a Dime (May) – Getting ready for a vacation?  Learn all the tips and tricks to slash travel costs, with lots of examples of little-known low-cost destinations!
Protect Your Assets (June) – Do you know what to do if your identity is stolen?  What if you lose everything in a fire?  This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about protecting your assets!
The Rules of Retirement (July) – Learn everything you need to know about retirement, in one of the most important workshops of the year!  We’ll be covering retirement plans, what’s going on with Social Security, and how investing works.
Credit 101 (August) – How’s your credit?  This workshop will teach you what credit is, why it’s important, and innovative ways to build great credit.
How to Fix Your Credit (September) – Do you have bad credit?  Learn everything you need to know about what credit scores are and how to make your score better.
Teach Your Kids about Money (October) – Help your kids build a strong financial foundations with these innovative ways to teach your kids about money!
Smarter Spending for the Holidays (November) – It’s holiday season!  Save time and money with smarter spending.  Learn all the ways that stores try to trick you into spending more and avoid the holiday spending trap with creative present ideas!
Defeating Debt with Snowballing (December) – Are you drowning in debt?  Learn how to get above water with powerful debt repayment strategies!



Volunteers Needed for Great Falls Public Library Special Project


The Great Falls Public Library is looking for volunteers and garden enthusiasts to participate in seed packaging parties in January.  The dates of the events are Tuesday, January 12, from 1 – 5 pm and Saturday, January 23, from 3 – 5 pm. If interested call the library at 453-0349.


Participants will be trained how to package the seeds during the first hour.  The open pollinated seeds, acquired by the library through donations from area gardeners and through purchase, will be available for check out from the new Great Falls Public Library Seed Exchange, which will be opening in April, 2016.


The Seed Exchange is being created to increase the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by means of education and seed sharing. 


 Black Heritage Evening:

Celebrating African American Culture, History & Cuisine
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a Black Heritage Evening on Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m.  This free program, where everyone is welcome, is co-sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library and the Alma Smith Jacobs foundation. It celebrates Black History Month and the Heritage of Great Falls’ black community.  It features culture, history, and cuisine.  The event also honors the life of Great Fall Librarian and Community Leader Alma Smith Jacobs.
A variety of speakers and performers will include Kathy Reed, Mayor Bob Kelly, Bob Harris, Ken Robison, Principle Speaker Susan Wolff, Alexander Temple Saints Dancers, Christell Benson & the Great Falls Community Gospel Choir, Rev. Anna Clark, Rev. Philip Caldwell, and a sampling of Soul Food.
Attendees are encouraged to bring food donations for the Great Falls Community Food Bank.
Also in observance of Black Heritage Month, the Great Falls Public Library’s February TEDxGreatFallsLibrary talks will feature selections celebrating Black History Month. 

 Explore, Discover, Connect:
An evening of TED Talks and Lively Discussion
TEDxGreatFallsLibrary continues  on Tuesday February 16, 7:00 pm with Black History in America.  This program is free and open to the public.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference
bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
TED has created a program called TEDx.  TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  TEDxGreatFallsLibrary is an independently organized event licensed by TED.  This event  continues on the third Tuesday of each month.  Each month we will show several TED Talks videos featuring experts in their fields sharing cutting edge ideas, innovation, and progressive ways of applying expertise for the betterment of society.  A lively discussion will follow.
February’s selections for Black History in America are
My road through the whitest towns in America by Rich Benjamin
The danger of silence by Clint Smith
What the gay rights movement learned from the civil rights movement by Yoruba Richen
How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly towards them.  by Verna Myers
For more information of this new event check our website at or by calling 453-0349.  Visit our Facebook page at tweet us on Twitter at

Foreign and Independent Film Series
February’s film is the French award winning film Aliyah.  It will be screened on Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 6, 2:00 p.m.  This fill tells the story of a young Parisian drug dealer Alex, who pays all his burdensome brother’s debts.  He jumps at the chance to join his cousin’s new restaurant in Tel Aviv, but must first raise his share of the startup costs and make his “Aliyah”, the
immigration of Jews to Israel. This involves learning Hebrew and connecting with his Jewish roots.  He must also leave behind Paris, friends, and lovers.  Torn between these two choices, Alex must find his own way.  This film contains adult situations.  It is in French with subtitles.
 The featured short is On the Road to Tel Aviv.
Films will be shown each month on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday.  The series, which runs September through May, is free and open to the public.  Be forewarned, some films may contain strong language or adult situations.  They are not rated by MPAA but in our brochures we have tried to indicate content.  Brochures are available at the library.

Friends of the Great Falls Public Library Book Sale
In preparation for the Friends of the Great Falls Public Library annual spring book sale, which takes place in May, the group is now accepting donations.  Donations may be brought into the library at any time during library hours.  The group is also holding Donation Days to accommodate larger donations and/or to provide assistance with donations.  If you choose to bring your items in on these days, you go to the alley entrance of the library. 
The Donation Day schedule is as follows:
Saturday, January 30                       10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, February 27                     10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, March 26                          10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, April 16                            10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, April 30
All donations are appreciated, but the following will not be accepted:
Text Books
Condensed Reader’s Digests
VHS Tapes
Audio Cassettes
Items in Poor Condition
For more information call 453-0349. 

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