Monday, February 23, 2009

"Cash Flow" with Mike Farnum - A Financial Literacy Class/Game for Teens

Alternating Fridays 10:30am - 12ish
continuing on Friday, March 6*
Groton Public Library - Meeting Room (by Lounge)

Come check it out!
This program focuses on “financial literacy” with the foundation being a game called “Cash Flow” designed by Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. (See for more info.)

Having trained with Mr. Kiyoaski, Mike acts as an enthusiastic, well-informed Financial Guide, Host & Facilitator with the ability to communicate additional Real Teen World examples in a friendly & accessible manner.

The class functions around an ongoing & amorphous game of "Cash Flow" - a more realistic version of "Life"-meets-"Monopoly" with a touch of "Risk" - in which the players have a randomly-drawn profession with a specific set of income & expenses, based upon which they make ongoing fiscal decisions in order to get out of the "Rat Race" and achieve their personal goal. Real estate, stock & charity investments & contributions shift with the twists & turns of market and economy....

Parents are indeed welcome to learn along with their children.

A hearty handful of students played "Cash Flow" yesterday morning, with enthusiastic response and glowing reviews:

"Wait...! It's over already? That was waay too short!"
- F.P. After 2 hours of game play.

"That was really pretty fun!"
- M.P. Initially skeptical & reluctant participant.

* Times and length of schedule may shift slightly, but this is the current plan.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Tennis Racket Exchange

Have an extra racket to share? Need one? Please use the comment section to connect & share information!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tennis, Everyone?

The snow is melting! Time to think about getting some fresh air and exercise.

WHO?: You!
WHAT?: Tennis ~ all levels ~ all ages
WHEN?: Friday mornings (9:30-11:30?) Weather permitting, starting in March or April
WHERE?: Washington Park, Groton, CT*
Playgrounds, basketball hoops, & picnic areas available for non-participants. Bill Memorial Library & Fort Griswold within walking distance.
WHY?: Fun, fresh air, exercise!
HOW?: Easy ~ just show up with a pair of sneakers, a tennis racket, a can of balls and a willingness to play!
Lessons with Lynn, (and any other volunteers!) are FREE.


RSVP: Please email Jennifer at with participant name, ages & contact info (email, phone) and volunteer assist interest (c'mon, you closet tennis pros!) so we can better organize, and contact for cancellations.

*See Google map for George Washington Park:

Tuesday, Feb 17th at GPL

Bookswap! Room 2 - Please bring your pre-enjoyed books to pass along for others to enjoy! If you've had that New-Year's-Sort-It-All-Out-And-Clear-It Moment strike your household, you may already have a bit of a stack going....

9:30 - 10:30 BookChat in the TeenLounge *This has become such a popular & growing group, please consider prioritizing your absolute favorite or most dramatically horrendous book review, in order to potentially share just one book, in the interest of time if there's a crowd!*

9:30 - 10:30 Yoga, Story & Song in Rm 2 with Anne Chase - parents welcome to join in!
Math Games in Room 2 with Jennifer - modified to suit interested partcipants - will be available as backup program as needed.

10:30 - 11:30 Dog Toy Crafting in Room 2 with Anne Bora and Priscilla Zorn - using fleece, creativity, & your crafty ideas/contributions. *PLEASE BYO SCISSORS!*

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine & Chocolate Workshop, Feb 10th

Groton Public Library, Room 2

9:30 - 10:30 Book Chat in Teen Lounge*

9:30 - 10:30 Valentine Creations in Room 2
The Pryors will bring some supplies, please feel free to BYO favorite crafty goodies

10:30 - 11:15 Chocolate Workshop
Discussion on fair trade, child labor, sustainability and factors on
The Other Side of Chocolate by moms Caterina Maxwell and Cindy Hyland - - plus your input, if desired.

* Valentine supplies
* Chocolates to sample & share - check those labels!
* Chocolate funfacts, if you wish....

11:15 - 11:30 Clean-up
(The workshops have a fair potential for untidiness!)

* The work that was underway last week in that area is completed, so the 'Chat will be in its usual location.
It's best if we are respectful of the Library room rental policies and utilize Room 2 only.

Library's Games

As I was leaving the library after Game Day last week the librarians let me know that a couple of their games were missing. I think the missing games were Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly Jr and one other one. If you mistakenly brought these games home with you, please bring them back next Tuesday.