Geauga County Public Library Director Ed Worso.
“GCPL serves the citizens of Geauga County and greater northeast Ohio by providing an environment where people are engaged, connected and inspired.”

The fall is a time of year when many people take on home-improvement projects. Whether to help winterize against the coming Geauga snows or to spruce up a dated kitchen or bathroom, these projects come at a cost. Budgeting for home improvement requires the financial ability to turn a drafty den into a cozy space.

Geauga County Public Library understands that financial literacy is a skill that not everyone has, but that everyone could benefit from. We are partnering with Geauga County Job and Family Services this fall to present a two-part financial education workshop at both our Chardon Branch and Geauga West Branch. The first workshop introduces how to communicate about money, track spending, and organize bills and valuable papers. Part two discusses how to establish a budget and understand how credit works and how to reduce credit card debt. We hope many people take advantage of these workshops. Register on our events calendar.

Additionally, Lynda.com is available at no cost to anyone with a library card. And, Lynda has several popular financial wellness courses. Simply log in through the website portal, enter your library card number and PIN, and start browsing all the classes that help you make sense of financial issues and how to handle money.

Library research resources include free online access to Consumer Reports, which shares the results of rigorous research, consumer insights, and policy expertise to inform purchase decisions. Mechanics and DIY auto enthusiasts appreciate our in-library digital subscription to ALLDATA Repair, the leading single source of manufacturers’ diagnostic, maintenance and repair information. Original equipment data is available for more than 22,000 engine-specific vehicles from 1982 to present.

Teens and young adults won’t want to miss learning about how to budget. We’ll have a CPA on hand for “Adulting 101: Money matters” at the Middlefield Branch, Tues., Oct. 16, 3 p.m.

Whenever you’re considering taking on a new project, make the library your first stop for gathering information. We have plenty of books, magazines, digital resources, and programs on diverse topics to help point you in the right direction and make informed decisions.

Ed is currently reading Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.