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On Thursday september 12th at 12 pm, Manchester Community College was visited by Ralph W. Baker Jr. who came to talk about his book “Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead” a book recommended by the Library Journal.

Sponsered by the MCC Library, admission was free and refreshments were available. The book itself talks about the New York Shock Exchange, a financial literacy program that studies the stock market and the US economy. The program was founded in 2006 for his 11 year old son and other children his age. The group’s views on The Great Recession-and how to address it-have been praised by politicians, economists, Wall Street titans, and even the President.

Evelyn Angry-Smith, who ran the event, thought Mr. Baker gave a very interesting talk. The more she listened, the more she thought about learning about investment and handling her own money and finances. The other thing, was learning about how small the world is, and how what we and other countries do with the economy really effects everyone not just the individual. She also thought it was interesting about what they do in China, and the pain ahead for the average american because of the economy. Concerning future author talks, she said that there is usually another author talk in April for the national library week in conjunction with the annual book sale. Who the author will be, however,  is unknown at this time, and is usually brought in by one of the librarians.

So all in all, Ralph Baker’s visit was an exciting, and educational one for those who went. I hope you learned a lot about our economy and plan to be wiser with your money, I know I will.

For those of you who didn’t attend, or weren’t able too, below is the video recording so that you can view it and learn from the experience. I hope you all can attend the “Author Talk” in April and are excited to see who will be speaking. If your interested in Mr. Bakers book, go to your local book store to buy a copy, or buy it online by clicking the image above.

Recording of the event: