April is Financial Literacy Month, and you may have seen other blogs on finances-related topics. Here we are going to look at some of the resources that CCPL has to offer for investing in the stock market.

Whether you are new to investing in the market or would like to diversify your portfolio, one of the best places to start is Value Line. Value Line can be accessed by going to the “Research and Learn” tab on the CCPL homepage.

Under Research, you’ll find “Research & Databases,” and clicking that will take you to a new page that looks like this: Once there, go to either “V” for Value Line or “Finance & Investment'' and find Value Line Library Elite. Choosing the “Investment Education” Tab will take you to Value Line University.

Here you can learn about the basics of investing, watch videos on investing, look into FAQ’s, and check out the Glossary for terms you may have heard but may be somewhat hazy about. If you have had some experience in investing, you can move on to parts 2, 3, and 4 on strategies, building a portfolio, and learning more about a specific stock.

If you are looking for books on investing in the stock market, here are a few you can check out:

Stock Investing for Dummies by Paul Mladjenovic

Long-term stock investing has been a reliable and foundational part of most wealth-building plans for over a century and you can benefit from profitable, actionable tactics, tips and successful strategies in this edition. You will be able to navigate confidently through the post-pandemic period and through the market’s rollercoaster ride and end up more prosperous than most stock investors. You’ll also learn which types of stocks are best in a recession or stagnant economy. With the help of this guide, you’ll quickly learn how to profit despite the turbulence and uncertainty with plain-English tips and information on both stocks and ETFs, new tax rules, exchanges, and investment vehicles, as well as the latest guidance on the global market landscape.

Stock Market 101: From Bull and Bear Markets to Dividends, Shares, and Margins: Your Essential Guide to the Stock Market by Michele Cagen

All you need to know about buying and selling stocks! Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy details of investing into tedious discourse that would put even a hedge fund manager to sleep. Stock Market 101 cuts out the boring explanations of basic investing, and instead provides hands-on lessons that keep you engaged as you learn how to build a portfolio and expand your wealth. From bull markets to bear markets to sideways markets, this primer is packed with hundreds of entertaining tidbits and concepts that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. So whether you’re looking to master the major principles of stock market investing or just want to learn more about how the market shifts over time, Stock Market 101 has all the answers — even the ones you didn’t know you were looking for.

If you’d like to make this a family project, try: 

The ABC’s of Investing by Charlea Flatten

Many adults think that investing is complicated because they don’t know how to start these conversations with kids, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The ABC’s of investing is the perfect resource to teach kids basic investing vocabulary that will allow them to partake in conversations they otherwise wouldn’t have.

CCPL is also hosting a number of in-person programs on various financial topics. Check out the following:

Have fun with your adventure into investing in the stock market!