Library offers financial fitness for new adults

March 10, 2010

With financial problems still facing the country, it is important for young adults to have a good understanding of how to handle their money during their transition to financial independence.

Ocean County Library is partnering with Sovereign Bank to offer the “Just Starting Out: Financial Literacy Program for New Adults” series of programs at the Toms River branch (101 Washington St.).

Program topics include credit and debit cards, establishing or repairing credit, budgeting and banking, identity theft, basic investing and how to read a credit report.

“These programs will help young adults learn everything they need to know about finances but were never taught,” said Jeannie Collacott, young-adult librarian at the Toms River branch.

The three programs are “Crash Course on Credit” (Wed., March 31), “Budgeting Basics” (Wed., April 21) and “Identity Theft Protection” (Wed., May 26). All programs start at 6:30 PM.

Michael Fuoco of Sovereign Bank will be presenting the programs.

The programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required by calling 732-349-6200 or by going online to