Money! by Lark Birdsong
Birdsong Information Services
F or the most part, it is the responsibility of the indi-
vidual to understand money, but there are many
free sources that provide this type of education.
Exceptions exist for those who are differently-abled
or not capable of understanding money due to illness,
significant aging, language barrier, etc. But when they
are in our families or our circle of friends and associ-
ates, then it may be the responsibility of those of us
who can protect these individuals in need.
My first source for consumer education is the pub-
lic or academic library. You can start finding that
resource with this list of public libraries in the United
States: http://www.publiclibraries.com. WebJunction
has a listing for some world libraries: http://lists.web
junction.org/libweb. Libraries are a great place for
consumers to become educated on any subject, but
education on money can lead to wealth generation
(small and large) — or, at least, wealth retention — for
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