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SAVE THE DATE - - Money Smart Week 2019 will be March 30-April 6.  It's never too early to start planning.



Money Smart Week has passed for 2018, but Financial Literacy programming in libraries is important year-round for children, teens and adults.  Here is a sample of some programming done during Money Smart Week 2018.  Hope you get some great ideas from these and the other resources in this guide:

Sample 2018 Money Smart Week Programming

Waterford Public Library

  • Spring Cleaning your Debt - Monday, April 23 @ 6:30 presented by Faye Griffiths-Smith of UConn Extension, Family Economics & Resource Management
  • Social Security Informational Seminar - Tuesday, April 24 @ 6:00 presented by Rick Mattson of Morin Associates
  • Leaving an Inheritance: Trust or Annuity? - Wednesday, April 25@ 4:00 presented by Attorney Jim Young of Andrews & Young, P.C.
  • Long-Term Care Informational Seminar, Thursday, April 26 @ 6:30 presented by Aldo Pantano from the CT Partnership for Long Term Care with the State Office of Policy and Management
  • Reverse Mortgages Informational Seminar - Friday, April 27 @ 3:00 presented by Karen Stearns, an assistant vice president and mortgage specialist with Chelsea Groton Bank

Welles-Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury

  • Social Security Explained - April 26 @ 6:30 - Almost 74% of Americans voluntarily received reduced retirement income benefits because they don’t know all the facts.* This workshop will cover when is the best time to start receiving Social Security benefits and strategies to maximize benefits and coordinate with your spouse. We will help you avoid the most common mistakes that are made when collecting your benefits and discuss special rules for single, divorced and survivor benefits.  Presented by Rebecca Miller and the Financial Awareness Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of financial literacy. Securities offered through USA Financial Securities Member FINRA/SIPC. A Registered Investment Adviser.
  • Financial literacy series one Monday a month called "Money Talks Mondays."  The following was in partnership with the Connecticut Association for Human Services' CT Money School during Money Smart Week:  Making Money Work for You: How to Stretch Your Dollars presented by Jairo Lemos from the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) to discover the “why” behind your financial decisions. In this interactive workshop, you’ll identify what motivates you to save and spend, and how to set and achieve goals that will bring you closer to true financial freedom.


Financial Literacy

"... financial literacy is the ability to understand how money works. This refers to making decisions about personal finances and having the skills to make decisions that will have positive outcomes. It is widely agreed-upon that good money management skills are essential for a successful life."


Personal Finance Magazines through researchIT CT

Financial Literacy Resources

Connecticut Saves is a campaign coordinated by the University of Connecticut Extension with the support of partners to help individuals save money and reduce their debt.  Connecticut Saves offers tips, tools, and strategies for individuals to reach their financial goals.  Click UConn Extension Financial Education for more resources.

Money Smart Week @ Your Library comprehensive list of resources and programming by category (i.e. Basic banking, Credit & Debit management, Estate Planning, Savings, Identity Theft, Investing, Kids and Money, Retirement planning, Teens and Money, and many others).

The Department of Banking mission is to protect users of financial services from unlawful or improper practices by requiring that regulated entities and individuals adhere to the law, assuring the safety and soundness of state chartered banks and credit unions, educating and communicating with the public and other stakeholders, and promoting cost-efficient and effective regulation.

The Office of the State Treasurer aims to improve the financial literacy of Connecticut residents.  Financial education programs and related links are provided on their web site. 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau site offers resources for librarians including program ideas, a partnership guide, links to web resources, marketing materials and free print materials, and monthly webinars for librarians. CFPB has developed a "Your Money, Your Goals" toolkit as well.

The Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care is a program of the Office of Policy and Management.  The Connecticut Partnership provides public forums and programming on long-term care and protection of your assets/investments.

The Connecticut Money School (CMS) is a project of the Connecticut Association for Human Services and five nonprofit partners.  They provide free financial education classes for adults and seniors with topics such as Debt, Saving, Credit, Loans, Homeownership and Senior Issues.  They also have a free, online financial education program called "Financial Avenue" that teaches adults and young adults the keys to financial success.

For those interested in children's programming, ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) is a supporter of the ‘Money as You Grow’ website which has age-appropriate financial lessons and activities for each age group.  ALSC has created a recommended list of books for libraries for the Money as You Grow program.


For more information please contact:


Dawn La Valle, Director, Division of Library Development, CT State Library


Gail Hurley, Library Development Consultant, Division of Library Development, CT State Library

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