Financial Literacy

Resources for You and Your Patrons


Purposefully written in very simple language, this website developed by the FTC offers the basics of understanding money, credit, banking, scams, and more.

President's Advisory Council on Financial LiteracyMoney 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.

money matters - federal trade commissionMoney Matters
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

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

Money Smart Week 2014Money 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.GovMyMoney.Gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.

Retirement Toolkit
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 ClubSecret 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 librarySmart 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 coverTaking 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 logoWaysHome
Fannie Mae

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.