Library plans money week presentations

The Mesa County Libraries will host free presentations about credit, budgeting and banking as part of a Money Smart Week program.

A benefit book sale also is planned to raise money to support library programs.

Ryan Cahill, regional program manager for Wells Fargo, will lead a presentation titled “All About Credit” starting at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the central library at 530 Grand Ave. in Grand Junction. Cahill will discuss the basics of credit, how to obtain it and how to build a good credit history.

Cahill also will lead a presentation titled “Managing Your Money: Budgeting and Saving Strategies” starting at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the Clifton branch at 590 32 Road. Cahill will help participants develop financial plans and manage their money.

Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall, a banking consultant and author, will lead a presentation titled “Banking and Finance.” Those presentations are set for 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the central library and 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the Palisade branch located at 119 W. Third St. Barnewall will offer a look at the Colorado banking system and how it could be improved.

For more information about Money Smart Week and upcoming programs at the Mesa County Libraries, visit the Web site at

Friends of the Library has scheduled its spring book sale for April 19 to 21 at the First Congregational Church, located at 1425 N. Fifth St. in Grand Junction. Most books and other materials will sell for $1 or $2. All proceeds will go to the Mesa County Libraries.

The sale will be open to members of the group from 3 to 7 p.m. April 19. Membership is available for $10. The sale will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 20 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21.

Friends of the Library is accepting donations of good used books, CDs and DVDs for resale. Items may be dropped off at any time at the Friends of the Library book drop at the First Congregational Church. For more information about the book sale, call Maggie Lopez at 243-5940.