The grant programming kicked off with a bang with over 700 people joining us at the How-To Festival. We continued the fun with a side of finance throughout the remainder of the month. An additional 35 people joined us for book groups, meals and conversations focusing around the beginning steps of getting our house in order.
One of my major take aways from September was a concept from “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg was the idea of “keystone habits.” Keystone habits create a chain reaction; changing and rearranging your other habits as you integrate the habit into your life. Maybe financial topics seem a bit daunting to you. That’s ok! Small changes in other areas of your life, such as eating healthy, exercising, thinking positive can all trickle down and impact other areas of your life, including your financial health.
We are continuing the conversation in October with plenty of ways to get involved!
- Money Madness Movie Night: October 2, 16, 23, and 30,7-9 pm
Movies are a fun way to expand how we think about money, its relationship to our lives, and our personal values surrounding it. Our October film series spotlights films that have a whimsical take on money or finances. An introduction to the film will offer insights for audience members to watch for as they view these screen classics. Moviegoers were invited to stay for a discussion afterwards.
- October 2: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
- October 16: Flash of Genius
- October 23: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
- October 30: If I Had a Million
- Cooking Matters: Tuesdays, October 6—November 11, 1:30-3:30 pm
Curtis Library, MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program, and Good Shepherd Food Bank partner to offer a six week hands-on cooking and nutrition series of classes led by volunteer chefs and nutritionists. Attendees receive groceries weekly to recreate the meals at home. This program has been a huge hit in the past and filled quickly. But keep your eyes out as we plan to offer this opportunity at other locations this winter and spring.
- Ask the Expert: Identity Theft and Fraud October 22, 6:00 pm
Join us for a panel discussion October 22, 6:00 pm, on protecting yourself from identity theft and fraud. Come with questions ready about safely navigating fraud and identity theft concerns. Additionally, these experts can answer questions about safety online, keeping your social media persona safe, banking concerns, online baking safety tips as well as how to report when you have fallen victim to a problem. Panelist include:
- Martha Currier: Complaint Examiner, Consumer Information & Mediation Service; Administrator, Lemon Law Arbitration Program, Office of Attorney General Consumer Protection Division
- Mark Waltz: Head of Support Services which includes Criminal Investigation Division, Brunswick Police Department
- Rose Murphy: Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union Compliance Officer
- Lindsay Laxon. Esq: Investor Education Manager, Maine Office of Securities
- Money Smart Meetup Book Club Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30pm OR Friday, October 30. Money Smart Meetup functions as an enhanced book group and will include discussions focusing on spending mindfully and financial psychology, managing and eliminating debt, saving money and building assets, practical economics, home ownership, and investment strategies. Each month, one book on personal finance will be reviewed and discussed by club participants. Guest experts frequently available to provide professional insight. We provide books, free for all participants available at the reference desk. The Wednesday and Friday sessions are identical, come to whichever time better suits your schedule. This month we will be discussing “When Gadgets Betray Us: the Dark Side of our Infatuation With New Technologies” by Robert Vamosi