Library Resources for Adults

The State Treasurer’s Office partnered with the Vermont Department of Libraries to promote Money Smart Week in Vermont. April 5-12 the American Library Association encouraged libraries to promote personal financial literacy. At right is a link to a list of public libraries in the state. Be sure and check what resources your local library has for you in the area of personal finance. The State Treasurer’s Office maintains a financial literacy web site for Vermonters. Through the menu links on the right, you can access a range of state and national resources aimed at providing you with useful financial information. You can access these financial literacy pages year-round by using the web address:


New Adult Resources Available Through Your Library

Your public library is a great starting point to identify resources on personal finance. Below is a list of 20 new items recently added to the State’s Midstate Library Service Center and available through interlibrary loan as requested by your local library. The resources are listed with the most recently published items first. Be sure and let your local librarian know of other titles and financial literacy resources you would be interested in.

Descriptions below are taken from the publisher's narrative about each item.

Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze

In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree. @ April 22, 2014. 


The Economy of You

by Kimberly Palmer

The biggest trend in business is the microbusiness! Handcrafted jewelry, artisanal eats, life coaching, app development, you name it -- entrepreneurial side ventures are everywhere. Weary of pink-slip anxiety and the endless money squeeze, millions of people are taking the leap. They're adding to their incomes and creating safety nets in case the ax falls at work. Financial columnist Kimberly Palmer illuminates the everyday faces behind this growing movement, starting with her own journey. The Economy of You recounts story after story of people who -- like Kimberly -- are liberating themselves from financial strain. @ 2014


The Veteran's Money Book

by Mechel Lashawn Glass

Most of the 2.5 million men and women who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan received no education in personal finance during their service. Now these veterans are making the transition to civilian life with little knowledge of how to manage their money. In The Veteran's Money Book, Army veteran Mechel Glass tells how she came home from war 20 years ago and took control of her financial life. . . and how post-9/11 veterans can, too. @ April 21, 2014. 




Control Your Retirement Destiny: Achieving Financial Security Before the Big Transition

by Dana Anspach

This book provides practical how-to knowledge on what you need to do to get your finances in order to prepare for a transition out of tthe workforce. While never easy, retirement investing in your 20s to your early 50s has been straightforward. But as you get closer to the big event--retirement--it takes a different kind of planning to align investments, retirement accounts, taxes, Social Security, and pension decisions, all for a single objective: providing reliable, life-long income. This book teaches you how each part works, how one decision affects another, and --most importantly--how to focus on the items you can control rather on the items you can't. @ 2013


Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul

by Clark Howard, Mark Meltzer and Theo Thimou

Americans from all walks of life are still feeling the roller-coaster effects of the Great Recession. For many, home values are still too low and unemployment is still too high. Others have prospered despite the ups and downs. In Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul, the renowned broadcaster examines our new paradigm through the eyes of those whose financial portfolios have beaten the odds and those whose economic situation has gone off course. @ 2013




Estate Planning Basics

by Denis Clifford

This book provides concise, straightforward, and easy-to-read information about the major components of estate planning--without going into endless detail about arcane options that apply only to the wealthy. Topics include: choosing beneficiaries, estate planning by parents with minor children, wills, living trusts, avoiding probate, trusts for people in second marriages, and planning for incapacity. Nolo author Denis Clifford uses plain English to make these estate planning issues easy to understand, and he lets you know which tasks you can handle yourself, and when you'll need a lawyer's help. @ 2013

Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement

by Mary Hunt

What does a woman want to do when she retires? Travel? Pursue hobbies? Spend time with friends and family? We all have dreams about what those days will be like. But, when it comes to turning those dreams into reality, women's retirement confidence and know-how is low. For the woman who doesn't know where to start or would like a knowledgeable guide who speaks the language, financial expert Mary Hunt offers a comprehensive but approachable resource for saving and planning for retirement. @ 2013



The Total Money Makover

by Dave Ramsey

Build up your money muscles with America's favorite finance coach. Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition. @ 2013

Personal Finance for Dummies

by Eric Tyson

The bestselling Personal Finance for Dummies has helped countless readers budget their funds successfully, rein in debt, and build a strong foundation for the future. Now, renowned financial counselor Eric Tyson combines his time-tested financial advice, along with updates to his strategies that reflect changing economic conditions, to give you a better-than-ever guide to taking an honest look at your current financial health and setting realistic goals for the future. @ 2012

The Savings Solution

by Michael B. Rubin

Following the bestselling conversational formula of Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck, Michael Rubin's The Savings Solution makes the frequently avoided topic of savings come alive. With witty dialogue and truly actionable recommendations throughout, The Savings Solution will change your perspective within minutes and your financial life in just hours. You'll soon experience: why budgeting is completely unnecessary; how to reach the Promised Land of Savings; the importance of being with people your like; and when and how to buy a house. @ 2012


Local Dollars, Local Sense

by Michael Shuman

In Local Dollars, Local Sense, local economy pioneer Michael Shuman shows investors, including the nearly 99% who are unaccredited, how to put their money into building local businesses and resilient regional economies and profit in the process. A revolutionary toolbox for social change, written with compelling personal stories, the book delivers the most thorough overview available of local investment options, explains the obstacles, and profiles investors who have paved the way. @ 2012



Raising Financially Confident Kids

by Mary Hunt

It's natural to want your kids to have a secure future. But when it comes to teaching the next generation how to handle money, parents are failing. Still there is hope! Financial expert Mary Hunt shows parents how to raise kids who have a healthy relationship with money--even if the parents themselves have made financial mistakes along the way or are struggling financially right now. @ 2012

The Money $aving Mom's Budget

by Crystal Paine

Unabridged Audio CD. 4.25 hours; read by the author. Crystal Paine, who has helped women everywhere take control of their finances, presents her most effective strategies designed for families of all sizes and income levels--with hundreds of inspiring "why didn't I think of that?" tips. Paine breaks down your goals into easy, manageable steps so you can: achieve a complete financial makeover; set up a realistic budget; never pay retail; slash your grocery bill; organize your time and your home; use coupons wisely; pay with cash only; live simply; become debt free; choose contentment; and make every dollar count. @ 2012

50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age

by Steve Weisman

It is better to stop identity theft from happening in the first place than have to fix or repair the situation afterwards. Steve Weisman reveals the threats of new identity theft attacks based on Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Android cloud apps, iPod and other new technologies--and shows you how to protect yourself, or how to fix the damage if you've already been attacked! @ 2012

The Money Class

by Suze Orman

What does it take to create your new American dream? Suze Orman, the woman millions of Americans have turned to for financial advice, says it's time for a serious reconsideration of the American Dream and what promise it still holds, what aspects are in need of revision, and how it must be refashioned to fit our lives so that we can once again have faith that our hard work will pay off and that a secure and hopeful future is within our reach. In nine electrifying chapters, Orman delivers a master class on personal finance for this pivotal moment in time. Revised and updated, book. @ 2012

The Money Class, DVD, PBS, @ 2011. Also available, airing in 2011, in this one disc, 80-minute session, Orman offers hard-hitting advice in her trademark non-nonsense style on how to navigate today's unsettling economic waters.

The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed

by Joseph D'Agnese and Denise Kiernan

This book describes a completely new, comprehensive system for earning, spending, saving and surviving as an independent worker. From interviews with financial experts to anecdotes from real-life freelancers, plus handy charts and graphs to help you visualize key concepts, you'll learn about topics including: managing cash flow when the cash isn't flowing your way; getting real about what you're really earning; tools for getting out of debt and into financial security; saving consistently when you earn irregularly; and planning for retirement, taxes and dreams--all on your own. @ 2011

The Bond Book, Third Edition

by Annette Thau

In today's volatile financial environment, growing numbers of investors are looking to flee the stock market in search of safer ground. While the bond market has often been a "safe haven," confusing new bonds and bond funds make it increasingly difficult for unfamiliar investors to choose the correct fixed income investors. The Bond Book provides investors with the information and tools they need to make bonds a comforting, important, and profitable component of their portfolios. Thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded from its bestselling first edition. @ 2010

On the Money New Rules of Personal Finance

by CNBC, On the Money

The On the Money New Rules of Personal Finance DVD aims to help you navigate troubled economic times with smart ideas for the long and short term. Carmen Wong Ulrich, host of CNBC's On the Money, helps you find the right path, even as the ground continues to shift. This DVD set includes two discs and four invaluable programs.