Money Smart Week
| 2015 Money Smart Week will be April 18-25: Become Money Smart! | Learn More at the Money Smart Week National Site | Recording of the Money Smart Week Webinar (Oct. 1, 2014) Is Now Available! | Promote Money Smart Week with Bookmarks and Posters | 2015 MSW Facebook Cover | 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) |
Participate in "Money Smart Week @ your library," a national initiative in its fifth year (in 2015) 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 2014, 700 plus public, academic, school, and even prison libraries in 48 states participated. So mark your calendars to participate April 18-25, 2015!
Visit the Money Smart Week home page of the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) for additional details about the latest Money Smart Week.
The recording of the webinar on preparing for the 2015 Money Smart Week Webinar on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, is now available. Presenters are Michael Dowling, Cinnamon Johnson, and Louise Feldmann.
As we have done the past two years, ALA is offering, for purchase, bookmarks and posters to help you promote Money Smart Week @ your library. We primarily will be sending out information on how to purchase MSW promotional materials via the MSW e-list, which you can subscribe to (see Subscribe to the Official Money Smart Week E-list below).
Look for the 2015 MSW Facebook cover in early 2015. Please link to http://www.ala.org/offices/money-smart-week unless you want to link to your own MSW activities.
Continue to follow Money Smart Week / CRO on Twitter: #MoneySmartWeek
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)
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.
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 @ your library last April. Hope the listings might give you some program ideas for April 2015!
Academic Library Programs (Excel)
Public Library Programs (Excel)
If you are attending the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, be sure to attend the program Money Smart Week @ Your Library, Sunday, February 1, 1:00-2:30 p.m., McCormick Convention Center. 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: 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.
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
- Identity Theft/Investment Scams/Financial Fraud
- 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
- Teens and Money
- Tours and Special Events
- Unemployment and Job Transitioning
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 @ Your Library.
- Go to http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/mswlibrary
- Choose “Subscribe” from the left-hand column and provide your e-mail address
- First-time subscribers will be required to provide a password
- If you would like to unsubscribe to the list, click here: http://lists.ala.org/sympa/sigrequest/mswlibrary
Once again!: MSW will be held April 18-25 in 2015!