Burgess wins Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award

Lori Burgess, Support Services coordinator at the Fond du Lac Public Library, received the 2012 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award by Gov. Scott Walker in a March 1 ceremony in Madison.

Burgess was one of 21 who received the award given by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. In a Capitol ceremony, the governor saluted the recipients for “excelling in their efforts to improve the financial knowledge and well-being of the people of Wisconsin. They are making a difference in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities across the state.”

Since 2007, Burgess has been instrumental in bringing Money Smart Week to Fond du Lac and promoting the program to libraries throughout Wisconsin and the country. One of her presentations led to the first national partnership between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Burgess’ passion and enthusiasm have helped make the Fond du Lac Public Library a national leader in this area.

Burgess, of Taycheedah, has worked for 8 years at the Fond du Lac Library. She supervises the department that controls purchasing new materials and circulating the nearly 900,000 items that flow through the library every year. Burgess is a graduate of UW-Superior and the University of Michigan.

“We congratulate Lori on her achievements with the Money Smart program here at the library, in our community and nationwide,” said library Director Jon Mark Bolthouse. “Lori has championed financial literacy. Her hard work and the efforts of the local Money Smart Committee will benefit the community for many for years to come.”

“Money impacts so many areas of our daily lives,” Burgess said. “It’s important that people have access to high-quality, unbiased personal finance educational programs. Money Smart Week has been a natural fit for libraries across the country.”

Money Smart Week Wisconsin 2013, April 20 to April 27, is a series of classes and activities designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Held in coordination with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week brings experts to the public for great learning opportunities. For information about local programs, visit the Calendar.

The mission of the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy is to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin citizens. A complete list of the financial literacy award recipients can be found at http://www.wdfi.org/ymm/govcouncilfinlit.


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