A guide to financial literacy programs and tools from ALA’s Public Programs Office

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/07/2020


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — A survey from the American Psychological Association shows that money is a more frequent cause of worry than work, family, or health issues. Empowering people with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions is an important way to make a difference in your community, and many libraries across the country are doing just that. Drawing from the expertise of business librarians and ALA’s Public Programs Office, “Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools,” published by ALA Editions, is a ready-to-use guide for offering financial literacy initiatives at your own library. Presenting 16 model programs from a variety of institutions, complete with budgets and funding sources, this resource co-edited by Melanie Welch and Patrick Hogan shares:

  • resources for free outreach materials and training;
  • approaches to Money Smart Week from institutions such as public libraries, a tribal library, and community colleges;
  • tips for developing partnerships with members of the local business community;
  • ways to facilitate discussions between parents and children about finances, such as creating a play and learn career center for children using the Family Place model;
  • programming for teens, including a Harry Potter-themed financial literacy series;
  • a program where a banker advises college students on questions to ask when shopping for credit cards;
  • how to collaborate with health and social services agencies in order to reach immigrants and underserved populations; and
  • methods for evaluating and strengthening a personal finance collection.

Welch is a project director in the ALA Public Programs Office. Melanie is a veteran nonprofit professional with experience in outcomes-based work at museums and environmental organizations and expertise in informal education, public programs, and community engagement and outreach. In her current role with ALA’s Public Programs Office, she develops informal education programs and professional development opportunities for libraries and library staff of all types throughout the United States. Hogan is an editor with the American Library Association’s book publishing imprint. Previously, he was an editor with a Chicago business book publisher.

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