Resources for You and Your Patrons
Free Webinar! Consumer Protections Basics, Plain and Simple: Help All Your Patrons
November 13, 2013, 2:00 PM Eastern
The Public Library Association is collaborating with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to offer valuable ideas for helping your patrons with consumer protection questions. Designed for individuals with a variety of backgrounds, cultures, literacy levels and learning styles, the website www.consumer.gov offers information that’s clear, direct, and easy-to-use on managing money, credit and debt, and avoiding fraud. The site was specifically designed for basic readers through a partnership with the Center for Applied Linguistics. On November 13 at 2:00p.m. ET, the FTC will offer a free webinar specifically for public librarians. Learn how you can use the site, tip sheets, videos and audio read-alongs in your library programs. To learn more or sign up, email Carol Kando-Pineda, FTC Division of Consumer & Business Education, at email@example.com.
Purposefully written in very simple language, this website developed by the FTC offers the basics of understanding money, credit, banking, scams, and more.
Money As You Grow
The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability has developed Money as You Grow, a website creatively highlighting the 20 essential lessons kids need to learn about money. It divides up the lessons per age group and includes a downloadable poster.
Federal Trade Commission
Money Matters is a comprehensive personal finance website sponsored by the FTC. Educational categories include: Scam Watch, Credit Cards, Managing Your Money, Dealing with Debt, Your Home, and Jobs. You can even place bulk orders for materials to distribute at your library by visiting http://bulkorder.ftc.gov/.
The FTC also has a monthly e-newsletter called Penn Corner that highlights the work the FTC is doing to protect consumers and features free resources to help you avoid fraud. Sign up at https://www.ftc.gov/opa/subscribe.shtm.
Money Smart Week @ your library
Participate in 'Money Smart Week @ your library,' a national initiative 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 website to find tools, resources, and programming ideas to make it easy for you to participate as an individual library, or as part of larger regional or statewide efforts.
MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.
Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The toolkit includes a list of publications and interactive tools to help in planning, plus information on how to contact the three federal agencies involved in key elements of retirement planning and security (Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) with specific questions.
Secret Millionaires Club
Kids can now get money smart as they watch an animated Warren Buffet mentor a team of kids on the Secret Millionaires Club. Young learners can watch the episodes, play companion games, and learn online.
Smart Investing @ your library
A partnership between the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association not only offers grant opportunities for public libraries to enhance their financial literacy programming, but also provides great resources and tools to download and share with patrons.
Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning
U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
Available in both English and Spanish, this online version of Taking The Mystery Out Of Retirement Planning includes interactive worksheets that you complete as you read each chapter. You can download the fully illustrated 62-page PDF narrative or call toll free 1-866-444-3272 to order copies.
WaysHome™ from Fannie Mae is an innovative new tool in mortgage education. This free interactive video simulation allows viewers to make choices for characters who are in various stages of mortgage distress and shows the consequences of those choices—much like a "choose your own adventure" book. The video encourages homeowners to seek help early and get advice from HUD-approved housing counselors.