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Smart Investing

As one of 18 libraries in Iowa to receive the Smart Investing Grant, the EPL offers the following resources to the entire community, in addition to a detailed course that is free to individuals who register.

To Register:

Contact Tena Hanson (712.362.7731 or and include the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email address (You will need this to take part in the online portion of the course.  If you don't have one, stop in at the library for assistance in creating one.)


About the course:

The following are included, and FREE, for those who take part in the course:

  • A movie night that includes a brief film followed by discussion and a question/answer session introducing the course
  • 2 face-to-face events, held in the EPL Community Room, facilitated by Jan Burk of the ISU Extension.  These will be at the beginning and end of the course, and those who attend both will be entered in a drawing for an iPod Shuffle!
  • Online coursework made available via ISU.  These courses are geared toward those starting out in their careers and investment strategies, those in the "Boomer" generation who are planning for retirement, and those who are already retired and need to plan ways to make their money last.  With this specific coursework, there is sure to be something for everyone, no matter their stage of life!

The resources below are provided by the Smart investing @ your library® program to help guide you in finding the best investing resources available online.

General Investment Resources FINRA Resources Life Stages
Stocks Bonds Mutual Funds
Statistics Financial Calculators Screening and Charting Services


Smart investing @ your library® is sponsored jointly by the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Through this program, the ALA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation are helping build the capacity of public libraries to provide effective, unbiased investor education to the communities they serve.  This program is made possible through a grant received by Iowa Library Services provided by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.