The Montrose Regional Library District was one of fourteen public libraries nationwide chosen for a grant from ALA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to provide effective, unbiased financial and investor education to the community.

Money Smart Montrose is a program designed to improve financial literacy among low-income senior citizens, Spanish speakers, and students at Passage Charter School. We also will provide a series of classes for the general public. Classes will occur from September 2015 to May 2016. Residents of five low-income senior living facilities will receive monthly classes at their facilities. The general public and Spanish speakers will attend semi-monthly classes at the Library. Classes will occur weekly at Passage Charter School as a part of the students’ regular curriculum, and we’ll hold monthly evening classes for students’ parents.

This project is funded with a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA). We are organizing classes to cover a variety of topics for each of the target audiences identified within the grant.

The need for the Money Smart Montrose financial literacy program is great. We look forward to helping families set and reach their goals in one or all of our classes offered.




Autumn Jones is the overall Project Coordinator with the Montrose Regional Library’s Money Smart Montrose program. She is a a wife & mother of 4 amazing kids and has lived on the Western Slope for nearly 20 years. She and her family enjoy the outdoors; camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. Autumn also works at Habitat for Humanity of the San Juan’s as the Family Services coordinator; her role is to help families become homeowners through our housing program.



I have lived in Montrose Colorado with my husband, my stepdaughter, and my daughter for eleven years. I got my Associate degree in Business Administration in 2012 at Colorado Mesa University and after that, I have been employee and volunteer at Montrose County School District. From May, 2015 until today, Money Smart Montrose has provided a great experience to me, because I have met wonderful people who live in Montrose area. What I like most of this program, is the contribution I am making and I hope Money Smart Montrose Project continues promoting the financial education, we all need, in our community.