Rock Island , IL. If you're hearing a lot about money April 21-28, that's no accident. Free financial education classes and seminars for consumers are offered nationwide during Money Smart Week, including three events at the Rock Island Public Library.

The Rock Island Public Library plans to observe the week with programs that help you discover unclaimed cash, learn how to plan Social Security benefits, and safely shred confidential documents to protect against identity theft.

The following free Money Smart Week programs will be offered at the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street:

iCash Booth, Monday, April 23, 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Drop by to check with the Illinois State Treasurer's Office if you have unclaimed cash or property owed to you. The Treasurer's Office will search their ICash records for you, and tell you how to open a case if you find anything. Discover what's yours!

Advanced Social Security Planning, Tuesday, April 24, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Presentation by Ray Kozicki, Midwest Chapter of the Foundation for Financial Education. Kozicki will discuss claiming rules for married couples, divorced persons and minor children, and present strategies and time limits that could potentially increase benefits. Participants can also learn how cost-of-living adjustments affect Social Security, how to collect IRAs, and let Social Security grow by 8 percent annually through delayed retirement credits. Learn what "File and Suspend" means, and conduct a breakeven analysis to choose whether to start collecting benefits at age 62, 66, or 70.

Community Shred Day - Wednesday, April 25, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring confidential paperwork to the mobile document destruction truck in the library parking lot for free, secure, and confidential shredding by nationally-certified document destruction company, The SHREDDER. This service is free, and is sponsored by AARP Iowa. Participants should limit material to three disposable boxes or containers per household.

Drivers should enter the library alley from the 20th Street side of the building. Please stay with your car and allow a volunteer to collect containers. To speed processing, the library asks that participants do not tape or tie containers, and that they remove papers from binders beforehand. Staples and paperclips may be left on.

This is a drive up and drop off service. Material is shredded in bulk by the bin, not individually. The Shredder is AAA certified by the National Association for Information Destruction.

For other questions, please contact the library at 309-732-READ or visit

Additional libraries offering Shred Day Events during Money Smart Week include Moline Public Library on April 21, Davenport Public Library -Eastern Avenue Branch on April 24, Bettendorf Public Library on April 26, and Silvis Public Library on April 28. Participants interested in those events should contact the libraries directly for more information.

National partners in the week include the American Library Association, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Financial Planning Association and the United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension. Money Smart Week is the broadest and most comprehensive financial education program in the country. Started in 2002 in Chicago with just 40 programs, it has expanded significantly to become the only national educational program for people at all stages of life. For more events, visit

Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of thousands of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance. Partnering organizations will host their events April 21 - 28, 2018.

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