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

At the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver

Money Smart Week: Help Consumers of All Ages Improve Their Financial Literacy, Sunday, February 11, 2018, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Location TBA.

In 2017, 1,000 plus public, academic, school, and even prison libraries in 50 states participated in Money Smart Week. Learn how your library and your state can participate in Money Smart Week, April 21-28, 2018! 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.


See also Resources.

Consult the ORE Financial Literacy Guide: Introduction, created by the ALA Office of Research & Evaluation, and funded by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

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: November 1, 2017

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.


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.

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

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

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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 2018!

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

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:

  • 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 2018.

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In addition to the resources below, 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.