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| What and When Is Money Smart Week? | Preparation, Including Latest Money Smart Week Webinar | Participation, Sponsors, and More, including Program Ideas and Resources for Money Smart Week | Promotion | Subscribe to the Official Money Smart Week E-list |

What and When Is Money Smart Week?

Money Smart Week will be held from April 21-28, 2018!

Participate in Money Smart Week, a national initiative in its seventh year between the ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances. Visit the Money Smart Week home page of the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) for additional details about Money Smart Week. See also Become a partner.

Libraries of all types can and do participate, providing programming for all ages and all stages of life on topics such as: basic budgeting; managing student debt; retirement planning; home purchasing; saving money through couponing; and how to prevent identity theft.

In 2017, over 1000 public, academic, school, prison, and other libraries in 50 states participated. So mark your calendars to participate April 21-28, 2018!

Preparation, including Latest Money Smart Week Webinar


See also Resources.

Subscribe to the Official Money Smart Week E-list

Be among the first to learn more about Money Smart Week: Subscribe to the Official Money Smart Week E-list



Latest Money Smart Week Webinar

Each year in October or November the ALA Chapter Relations Office hosts a free Money Smart Week webinar. The free Money Smart Week webinar to prepare for 2018 Money Smart Week, April 21-28, 2018, was held Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and the recording is available immediately below. Learn from veteran MSWers how Money Smart Week has been a great success for their libraries, and how it can be in yours. Get valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources that make it easy for you.

Recording of the Money Smart Week Webinar (November 1, 2017) Is Now Available! The November 1 webinar was presented by Michael Dowling, Director, ALA Chapter Relations Office; Heather Greenwell, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Outreach Program Team Lead; Shala Murray, Senior Outreach Representative; Lori Burgess, Assistant Director for Operations, Fond du Lac (Wis.) Public Library; Priscilla Dickerson, Cataloging Librarian, Atlanta Technical College; Ann Scheppke, Adult Services Librarian, Salem Public Library, Salem, Oregon; and Lyn Haralson, Office of Financial Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The PDF of the PowerPoint slides used in the webinar is also available.

In summary, financial literacy is important to all communities, and libraries—of all types—can be part of the solution. Through participating in Money Smart Week, April 21 - 28, 2018, you can join hundreds of other libraries across the country helping individuals to better manage their personal finances. Money Smart Week is a partnership between ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, through which libraries of all types provide financial literacy programming for all stages of life during. Retirees, school kids, college students--everyone can learn more to be better with money. Learn from other librarians how Money Smart Week has been a great success for their libraries, and how it can be in yours. Get valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources that make it easy for you. Learn how easy it is for your library to participate April 21 - 28, 2018!

See also past Money Smart Week webinar recordings.

Participation, Sponsors, and More, including Program Ideas and Resources for Money Smart Week

MSW Kids Read

Note: This program is only available to partners in Georgia, North Carolina and Wisconsin in 2018.

Every parent is eager to have their child learn about money and money management. It is never too early to begin learning important financial lessons which instill good habits and smart choices.

The Money Smart Week® Kids Read program is targeted to children 5-8-years old. The adult-led group read is an enjoyable way to introduce these financial concepts. Thanks to Ally Financial, each family attending gets to take home the FREE book and FREE discussion guide to reinforce these important life lessons.

Ordering Your Books

  • Book orders can be placed from Feb 1 to March 1.
  • Be sure to use the order form for your state.
  • Online order form is available at
  • Maximum quantity for individual orders varies by state. See your state’s order form for maximum order quantities.

After March 1 order distribution to the libraries will be coordinated by state planning teams.

Thank you to the Money Smart Week® Kids Read sponsor:

Ally Logo Do It Right (registered trademark)

A Select Group of Resources from MSW Kids Read:

Host Partner Duties (PDF)

Marketing Your Event (PDF)

Needed Resources (PDF)

Partner Testimonials (PDF)

Planet Zeee Discussion Guide (PDF)

Planet Zeee Coloring Sheets (PDF)

Are Your Kids Money Smart? The Money Smart Week® Kids Read Event Will Get Them on the Right Path Press Release (DOC)

Public Service Announcement Money Smart Week® Kids Read Radio Script (DOC)

Step by Step Game Plan (PDF)

Those Shoes Discussion Guide (PDF)

Become a Partner

Become a partner

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002. Money Smart Week partners will be hosting their events April 21-28, 2018.

Money Smart Week on Pinterest

Money Smart Week (Angela Meyers)

Money Smart Week (Chicago Fed)

Money Smart Week (Waukesha County Federated Library System)

Money Smart Week 2013 (Kirstein Business Library)

Money Smart Week 2014 (Missoula Public Library)

Follow Money Smart Week

Continue to follow Money Smart Week / CRO on Twitter: #MoneySmartWeek and #MSW2018

Program Ideas and Resources for Money Smart Week Programs

Thought I would share the list of responses from other librarians as to what programs were especially popular at their libraries during Money Smart Week last April. Hope the listings might give you some program ideas for April 2018!

Program Ideas from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Online Resources for Financial Education

Financial Literacy Topics

  • Basic Banking Services
  • Credit and Debt Management
  • Estate Planning
  • Fairs and Multi-Program Events
  • Going Green to Save
  • Healthy Habits that Save
  • Housing/Mortgages/Foreclosures
  • Identity Theft/Investment Scams/Financial Fraud
  • Insurance
  • Investing and Wealth Building
  • Kids and Money
  • Money Management for Women
  • Personal Finance 101/Budgeting
  • Preparing for Financial Emergencies
  • Retirement Planning
  • Savvy Shopping and Bargain Hunting
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Taxes
  • Teens and Money
  • Tours and Special Events
  • Unemployment and Job Transitioning

Memoranda of Understanding

Laramie County Library System/Program/Event Partner Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)

Laramie County Library System/Exhibitor Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)


In addition to the resources below, see also Preparation and Promotion.

Financial Literacy Education in Libraries

Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service (PDF) is the result of a Sparks! Ignition Grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the American Library Association’s Reference & User Services Association (RUSA). These guidelines were created by a working team drawn from the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA, under the direction of an advisory group of experts in financial literacy. The final document was approved by the RUSA Board on September 29, 2014.

Learn More from Past Webinars and Other Presentations

For past webinars, visit Money Smart Week Webinar and Other Presentations. The most recent webinar was held October 14, 2016, in preparation for 2017 Money Smart Week.


2018 MSW Facebook Cover

Money Smart Week April 21-28, 2018 with Picture of Benjamin Franklin

 Please link to unless you want to link to your own MSW activities.

MSW Facebook Profile

Money Smart Week

MSW Flier

2018 Money Smart Week Flier (PDF)

2018 Money Smart Week Flier (DOC)

Promote Money Smart Week with Bookmarks and Posters

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as a national partner in Money Smart Week, will be providing free posters, bookmarks, and other resources to libraries this year!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau focuses on ways to reach consumers in their communities as they make financial decisions. Libraries are trusted institutions and serve as a central neighborhood resource. Libraries presence in local communities across the country makes them natural channels for financial education. The CFPB works with libraries, national library and service organizations, and community networks to identify resources and community partnerships that can help libraries offer financial education programming.

Our goal is to make public libraries a resource for consumers seeking information about their financial decisions.

Through this initiative, we provide access to free tools, materials, and other resources that will help make libraries the go-to resource in their communities for unbiased financial information and education. These include:

  • Free Publications for Libraries. The mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for consumers by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. We share ideas for money-themed programs and promising practices that have worked in libraries just like yours. We also include suggestions for resources and promotional partners. Easy-to-understand worksheets, informational guides, and handouts on a variety of money topics from the CFPB, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Labor, Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies.
  • Online Resource for Financial Education. A time-saving, consolidated list of noncommercial, money-related websites, videos, and tools that have been reviewed and selected by financial education experts at the CFPB.
  • Program Ideas. Use the program ideas and materials here to serve the patrons who use your library.
  • Marketing Materials. Bookmarks, standing displays, posters, screen savers, web banners and more. You can order these free materials, or download PDFs to add your logo and print them locally.
  • Library Staff Training. Participate in monthly webinars, or view past sessions to learn about personal finance topics and issues.
  • Community Partnership Guidebook for Libraries: How Libraries Can Build Relationships to Create Financial Education
    Programs for Their Communities
      We help you think through the process of building and documenting collaborations that would work for your library, your partners and your patrons.

For additional resources and information, visit Looking forward to continue working with you in 2018.