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What 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 48 states participated. So mark your calendars to participate April 21-28, 2018!

At the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

Financial Literacy in Public Libraries: A Report from ALA ORE and FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Friday, June 23, 1:00-2:30 p.m., McCormick Place in Room W194a

Learn more about the resources you can use to strengthen your staff’s knowledge of personal finance topics and build your library’s collections! This session, brought to you by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the ALA Office for Research & Evaluation, will explore opportunities for better assisting library staff and patrons on personal finance topics such as budgeting, banking, and financing college. The results of a national survey of public libraries will be discussed and a Personal Finance Resource LibGuide will be unveiled.


See also Resources.

Visit the Money Smart Week home page of the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) for additional details about the latest Money Smart Week.

Step-by-Step Video Guides, including Step By Step Partner Registration Video, Step By Step Lost Password Recovery Video, and Step By Step Guide to Adding Events Video.

Become a Partner

Webinar and Recording on Current Money Smart Week

Each year in October the ALA Chapter Relations Office hosts a free webinar. The free Money Smart Week webinar to prepare for 2017 Money Smart Week, April 22-20, 2017, was held Friday, October 14, 2016, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon CDT, and the recording is now available. See Recording of the Money Smart Week Webinar (October 14, 2016) Is Now Available! 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.

The October 14 webinar was presented by Michael Dowling, Director, ALA Chapter Relations Office; Shala Murray, Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago); Craig Davis, Director, and Janette Kopacz, Librarian, Chicago Public Library; Rachael Svoboda, Laramie County Library, Cheyenne, WY; and Katie Emery, Business Librarian, Michigan State University. The PDF of the PowerPoint slides used in the webinar is also available.

See also past Money Smart Week webinar recordings.

Program on Money Smart Week at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta

Those who attended the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta were able to attend a program on Money Smart Week, Saturday, January 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m., the Georgia World Congress Center.

From the program book: In 2016 over 1000 libraries in 48 states participated in Money Smart Week. Come hear how your library and your state can participate in Money Smart Week, April 22-29, 2017. This national initiative from ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago helps consumers of all ages improve their financial literacy. All types of libraries can participate. Learn about partnership opportunities, resources, and programming ideas.


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 22-29, 2017.

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Money Smart Week 2013 (Kirstein Business Library)

Money Smart Week 2014 (Missoula Public Library)

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Ideas 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 2015!

Academic Library Programs (Excel)

Public Library Programs (Excel)

Financial Literacy Topics

See Money Smart Week Events (US map with links to programs based on the topics below).

  • 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

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Memoranda of Understanding

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

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


MSW Flier

2017 Money Smart Week Flier (PDF)

2017 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:

  • Online resources. 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.
  • Free print materials. 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.
  • Program ideas. 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.
  • 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.
  • Partnership guidebook.  We help you think through the process of building and documenting collaborations that would work for your library, your partners and your patrons.

For more information, visit Looking forward to continue working with you in 2017.

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See also Preparation.

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.

2016 ALA Press Releases

Publisher partners with libraries for Money Smart Week promotion (4/8/16)

How Did Libraries Participate in 2015 Money Smart Week?

Several participants in 2015 Money Smart Week were kind enough to share how they promoted financial literacy.

2015 Money Smart Week Survey

Thanks for participating in 2015 Money Smart Week. Thanks in advance for taking the time to fill out this short survey to share your experiences. And to offer suggestions and ideas that can help improve the program for you and others next year, as we continue to grow and expand.