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Money Smart Week 2019 has passed, but libraries can continue to offer financial programming year-round to their communities.

 

 

Financial Literacy programming in libraries is important year-round for children, teens and adults.  Hope you get some great ideas from the resources in this guide:

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."

From: http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/keeping_up_with/financial_literacy

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 the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) provides free business advising to small business owners and entrepreneurs to start, grow and thrive in Connecticut. The Connecticut Small Business Development Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and UConn. 

Contact

For more information please contact:

 

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

Dawn.LaValle@ct.gov

or

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

Gail.Hurley@ct.gov

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