Financial Literacy Resources


April is Financial Literacy Month, and whether you’re looking to brush up on accounting skills, plan your personal finances, or explore investments, the Anderson County Library has the resources to help – all available free with your library card.

Universal Class

Universal Class provides online, self-paced classes on hundreds of topics, including:

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping 101
  • Debt Reduction
  • Estate Planning
  • Goal Setting 101
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • Habits of Millionaires
  • Investing 101 & 201
  • Microsoft Access 2019
  • Microsoft Excel 2019
  • Personal Finance 101
  • QuickBooks 101
  • Retirement Planning
The Great Courses

The Great Courses has hundreds of popular courses on a wide range of subjects taught by the world’s greatest professors. Using the RBDigital app, check out a week pass for unlimited views. When the week is up, you can always check it out again. Lectures relating to financial literacy include:

  • Economics of Uncertainty
  • Money Management Skills
  • The Art of Investing
  • Understanding Investments
Value Line

For those looking for the latest data, sophisticated tools, and reliable, unbiased information, Value Line is the investment research tool to use. Value Line provides how-to guides, education tools, and market research for beginner and veteran investors.

For help with these or any library resources, contact the Adult Services department by calling (864) 260-4500 ext. 126 or emailing reference@andersonlibrary.org.

New Year’s Resolutions with Help from the Library


Looking to start 2021 right? See if the Anderson County Library System can help!

Read More

Meet Libby

With eBooks and digital audiobooks from the Library, reading is easier than ever. Download the Libby app and check out up to 8 eBooks or audiobooks at a time. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Request an item by emailing overdrive@andersonlibrary.org. Find more eBooks as well as music and TV on Hoopla Digital and browse the latest issues of popular magazines on Flipster.
Bonus: Join the Facebook group Upstate Reads to share what you’re reading and get recommendations and challenges from our librarians!

Spend Time with Family

With storytime, early literacy skills, take-home activities, and trivia, the Library has great free events to help your family spend quality time together.
Bonus: Research your family’s history with AncestryLibrary and the Library’s genealogy resources. At-home access to AncestryLibrary has been extended through March 31!

Learn and Improve Skills

Take online classes on hundreds of subjects at your own pace with Universal Class, or get practice tests for high school, college, and careers with LearningExpress Library. Need some extra help? Access Tutor.com with your library card for one-on-one assistance.
Bonus: Watch award-winning on-demand courses and lectures with The Great Courses on RB Digital!

Be Creative

Sew, knit, bake, paint, and decorate with hundreds of classes and projects from Creativebug, ranging from beginner to advanced.
Bonus: Look for monthly Take ‘n Make craft kits and Creative Crafters videos from the Library!

Libraries Support At-Home Learning


@ Home Learning written on a chalkboard next to a keyboard and headphones

Recently, a Facebook group of which I am a member changed its name from “Librarians Serving Homeschool Families” to “Librarians Serving At-Home Learners and Homeschoolers.” Parents are more involved than ever in their children’s education, and it’s imperative that they know all the resources that are available to them, especially the ones that cost little to nothing.  Enter the public library.

The Anderson County Library is part of a consortium of twenty county library systems in South Carolina that share resources.  If we don’t have a book in Anderson County, but Beaufort County has it, you can put it on hold from wherever you are and have it brought to your nearest branch library, and it usually takes less than a week. The following chart shows how to save almost $300.00 on just a few items by using the library instead of purchasing literature for your class.

Savings From Using the Library

TitleCost
Charlotte’s Web6.40
Wind in the Willows, The18.94
Where the Sidewalk Ends10.99
Aesop’s Fables9.89
Pilgrim’s Progress22.99
Velveteen Rabbit, The8.39
Grimm’s Fairy Tales36.49
Magic Treehouse set (Books 1-28)100.86
Boxcar Children set (Books 1-12)48.95
Jane Eyre11.94
Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry20.11
Total savings$295.95
*prices retrieved from Amazon September 14, 2020

But what if you need an item right away? Digital resources make that entirely possible. The Hoopla and Libby apps allow you to download e-books, audiobooks, music, and videos straight to your device. Want to take a free online course? The library offers the popular Universal Class on our website if you have a library card.  From Accounting to Web Development, Universal Class has dozens of topics for you, including more than 40 online courses under the “Homeschooling” category alone. Do you have a teen learning to drive? Look under the “Research” tab of our website and you’ll find current SC DMV practice tests. Do you need a tutor for your child? No problem. Tutor.com offers one-to-one tutoring anytime, anywhere at no cost to you, thanks to DISCUS.

Learning at home presents many challenges. The library’s new resource CreativeBug offers innovative ideas for making science fun.  Are you studying polymers? Let CreativeBug show you how to make Galaxy Slime. (Full disclosure: I did this with my middle school age niece and nephew and it was a hit!) Are you studying the states of matter? Ponder the soap bubble: is it a solid, a liquid, or a gas? CreativeBug shows you a great recipe for bubble solution that produces bubbles far sturdier than any solution you’ll find in the stores. (Another hit with my niece and nephew.) It’s science. It’s fun. It’s all available through the library.

Libraries all over the country have valuable resources online to help at-home learners and their families succeed. September is National Library Card Sign up month.  Stop by your nearest branch to get yours today.

Helpful websites for at-home learning from the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

Finally, I encourage each family to download the Flipster app, which allows access to leading digital magazines on your mobile device. This can be limited to Family & Children’s resources, and includes the popular National Geographic for Kids, as well as Muse, which encourages reading for fun as well as learning.