Tuesday afternoon, the Kershaw County Library’s main branch in Camden will host a Financial Basics workshop taught by certified Financial Planner Kathryn Hauer. The workshops will begin at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Participants will receive an overview of various topics including budgeting, investing, saving, debit and credit cards, retirement and college funds.
“We’ve had a number of financial workshops and we’ve continued to get requests for more information. We’re excited about that and excited to provide what people are interested in,” Interim Library Director Susan Durant said.
Durant said there are a number of reasons for an interest in financial planning topics.
“Since the economy crashed in 2007 to 2008, people have had to keep things tighter. People are also learning that retirement and Social Security might not allow them to live in a manner they are accustomed to. No matter your budget, if you have a plan for managing, you can budget and get what you need,” Durant said.
Durant said Hauer will provide good financial information for workshop participants.
“She is interested in helping support people in making wise financial decisions,” Durant said. “She comes highly recommended and is very committed to helping people learn how to manage to use their money.”
In addition to the Financial Basics workshop, the library will also host other events such as book clubs and craft events each month at its various branches.
“All of our events are free to the public. Sometimes we ask people to register, but that is usually for workshops that require material,” Durant said.
Durant said people who come into the library are open about seeking help or asking for information. She said the library is more than a place where people check out books, providing services for the community.
“The patrons who come here are aware of what is going on here at the library. We hear a lot of things from the circulation desk. People will come to us and tell us they are looking for information on a certain topic -- they also give good feedback as well,” Durant said. “The library is a public place, everyone is welcome and I think because of that people feel comfortable about asking for information or requesting workshops.”
Durant said if the financial planning workshop is well attended, the library hopes to host other financial workshops providing in-depth looks into planning for college, creating a personal financial plan, saving and investing, and planning for retirement.
For more information about programs and events hosted by the different library branches, visit http://www.kershawcountylibrary.org.