Money Smart Week

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| 2016 Money Smart Week: Become Money Smart! | Learn More at the Money Smart Week National Site | Webinar on October 6, 2015: Register Now | Recording of the Money Smart Week Webinar (Oct. 6, 2015) Is Now Available! | Promote Money Smart Week with Bookmarks and Posters (Find materials in English and Spanish!) | ¿Necesitas materiales gratuitos de promoción de #MoneySmartWeek en español? | 2016 MSW Facebook Cover Photo | Follow Money Smart Week on Twitter | Money Smart Week on Pinterest | Become a Partner | Program on Money Smart Week at ALA Conference | Ideas for Money Smart Week Programs | Financial Literacy Topics | Learn More from Past Webinars and Other Presentations | Subscribe to the Official Money Smart Week E-list | When is the Next Money Smart Week? | Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service (PDF) |

2016 Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week will be held from April 23-30, 2016!

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.

Webinar on October 6, 2015, Is Archived

The free Money Smart Week webinar to prepare for 2016 Money Smart Week, April 23-30, 2016, held Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 3:00-4:00 Central Time, is now available. See Recording of the Money Smart Week Webinar (Oct. 6, 2015) 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.

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.

2016 Money Smart Week: Become Money Smart!

Participate in Money Smart Week, a national initiative in its sixth year (in 2016) 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.

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 2015, over 700 plus public, academic, school, and even prison libraries in 49 states participated. So mark your calendars to participate April 23-30, 2016!

Learn More at the Money Smart Week National Site

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.

Recording of the Money Smart Week Webinar (Oct. 6, 2015) Is Now Available!

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Recording of the Money Smart Week Webinar (Oct. 6, 2015) Is Now Available! Presenters are Don Wood, .Jay Lyman, Huong Nguyen, Sarah Timm, and Tammy Woodward.

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! Here is the main CFPB for libraries site.  The free publication link goes to where the MSW orders and others can be made. Need Money Smart Week posters, bookmarks, and more in Spanish? ¿Necesitas materiales gratuitos de promoción de  en español? No es un problema.

So for those of you who had ordered posters and bookmarks through ALA previously, you will now be able to get promotional materials and other resources free through the CFPB.

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

2016 MSW Facebook Cover Photo

Facebook cover for Money Smart Week Picture of Ben Franklin Please link to http://www.ala.org/offices/money-smart-week unless you want to link to your own MSW activities.

Follow Money Smart Week

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

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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)

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 18-25, 2015.

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)

Program on Money Smart Week at ALA Conference

If you are attending the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, be sure to attend the program Money Smart Week, Sunday, February 1, 1:00-2:30 p.m., McCormick Place West, W196c.

In 2014 over 700 libraries in 48 states participated in Money Smart Week. Come hear how your library and your state can participate in Money Smart Week, April 18-25, 2015. 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.

Find out about all the successful 2014 MSW events libraries sponsored and learn what's planned for 2015, and how your library can participate! See also select calendar of events at ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

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.

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

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 on October 1, 2014, in preparation for 2015 Money Smart Week.

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When is the Next Money Smart Week?

Money Smart Week will be held from April 23-30, 2016!