Financial Tools at Your Fingertips at Fauquier County Public Libraries
by Jennifer Schultz-Angoli, Collection Services Development Librarian, Fauquier Public Library
Getting your head around your personal finances can be daunting, even in the best of times. What to save, what to spend, where to invest and how to position yourself for a secure retirement are all common concerns. Add COVID-19 to the mix, and even the well-informed investor can use a little help.
The good news is you can access a wide array of books, magazines and research tools free with your Fauquier Public Library card and take some of the fear out of financial planning.
Personal Finance for Everyone
Want to increase your financial savviness, but don’t know where to start? These accessible guides should answer many of your concerns and questions.
- Get Good With Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole by Tiffany Aliche
- Get What’s Yours for Healthcare: How to Get the Best Care at the Right Price by Philip Moeller
- Mom’s Got Money: A Millennial Mom’s Guide to Managing Money Like a Boss by Catherine Alford
- Money Hack$: 275+ Ways to Decrease Spending, Increase Savings, and Make Your Money Work for You by Lisa Rowan
- Personal Finance 101: From Saving and Investing to Taxes and Loans by Alfred Mill
- Solve Your Money Troubles: Strategies to Get Out of Debt and Stay That Way by Amy Loftsgordon
- The Ultimate Guide to Frugal Living: Save Money, Plan Ahead, Pay Off Debt and Live Well by Daisy Luther
- The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+: Winning Strategies to Make Your Money Last a Lifetime by Suze Orman
Or try the impressive Consumer Reports Online database, which features expert advice on thousands of products, up-to-date consumer news, and more.
The library also offers Value Line Research Center, an online database of over 3,500 stocks across 100 industries that includes investment research, data and investor commentaries, reports and other tools to help make informed financial decisions.
Love magazines? Skip costly subscriptions and instead access these financial magazines, free on the library’s website from Overdrive, a service that provides access to digital content, anytime, anywhere:
- Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
- Money Magazine
- Money Week
Covering the Cost of Continued Education
With the cost of college increasing dramatically, finding alternative sources for financing is more important than ever. Students who think that they are not eligible for scholarships or grants might be surprised when they start their own investigations. If you have a student planning for college or know a young adult who might need financial advice, these books and resources are for them:
- 501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College by Gen S. Tanabe
- Broke Millennial Talks Money: Scripts, Stories, and Advice to Navigate Awkward Financial Conversations by Erin Lowry
- Peterson’s How to Get Money for College and Peterson’s Scholarships, Grants & Prizes
- Refinery29 Money Diaries: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Finances…And Everyone Else’s by Lindsey Stanberry
Looking for scholarships for undergraduate or graduate school? Try Peterson’s Test Prep database. It includes planning guides for students and parents, standardized test preparation and information on financial aid.
Reentering the Workplace
Many people have gaps in their resumes. Whether you are returning to the workforce after a break to raise the kids or your job was a COVID casualty, the job hunt can be daunting and emotionally draining.
Find strategies for returning to the workforce, as well as ways to brush up your skill set or even embark on a new career, in one of the following:
- Coming Back: How to Win the Job You Want When You’ve Lost the Job You Need by Fawn Germer
- Back to Business: Finding Your Confidence, Embracing Your Skills, and Landing Your Dream Job After a Career Pause Nancy McSharry Jensen
- Moving Forward in Mid-Career: A Guide to Rebuilding Your Career After Being Fired or Laid Off by John Henry Weiss
Improve your office skills or update your resume with help from these databases:
- Infobase Learning Cloud: Includes tutorials on Microsoft Office functions, Google Meet and Zoom, writing cover letters, and more.
- Universal Class: Offers computer training classes on Microsoft Office products, Google Docs, Windows, office skills and more.
It’s not easy thinking about end-of-life issues, whether it’s your own or your spouse/significant other’s death. Searching for important information and making important decisions makes an already extremely stressful and painful time doubly so. The following guides will help you prepare for the eventual or the unthinkable:
- Long-Term Care: How to Plan and Pay for It by J. L. Matthews
- In Case You Get Hit by a Bus: How to Organize Your Life Now for When You’re Not Around Later by Abby Schneiderman and Adam Seifer
- Get it Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To by Melanie Cullen
To access Fauquier Public Library’s broad range of databases, go to the Fauquier Public Library research page or search the online catalog for books, magazines and other tools for money management. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Stop by or call – our whip-smart reference librarians are happy to help.