Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit

Text reads: Thinking Money For All Kids Diverse Inclusive Reads. Illustration of child holding an open book with an lightbulb marked with a dollar sign. American Library Association. FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

We all need to master the knowledge and skills to make smart financial choices and prepare for whatever the future brings. Unfortunately, books that seek to teach children and young people good financial habits often, perhaps unknowingly, lack diverse characters and reinforce harmful stereotypes.

ALA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation have collaborated with a team of librarian advisors to develop a book list that eschews stereotypes and embraces diversity in telling stories and sharing skills related to personal finance and financial capability for children.

Please select from the following options:

** NOTE: Libraries may also wish to apply for a FINRA Foundation Library Grant. These grants (up to $50,000) help libraries undertake personal finance programming, including initiatives that make use of the Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit. Learn more and apply by March 1, 2022. **

Award Information

Up to 100 public and school libraries will be selected to receive an Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit to help them provide diverse financial literacy titles and programming for children and young people in their communities.

Each kit will contain:

  • The Inclusive Financial Literacy book list, developed by a team of librarian advisors in collaboration with ALA and the FINRA Foundation, with corresponding best practices and programming ideas for public and school libraries
  • One copy of Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools edited by Melanie Welch and Patrick Hogan for the ALA Public Programs Office (ALA Editions, 2020), a ready-to-use guide for library staff with 16 model financial capability programs
  • One print copy of five books from the book list for libraries to add to their circulating collection

Public and school libraries (serving children in grades K–8) located in the U.S. and U.S. territories are eligible for this opportunity.

Application Information

To be considered for one of the 100 programming kits, you must complete an online application. The application will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please only submit one application per library or branch.

ALA will accept applications for this opportunity from November 10, 2021, to January 3, 2022. Each eligible request will be reviewed by a panel of librarians, FINRA Foundation staff and ALA staff.

Key Dates and Contact Info

  • Application Deadline: January 3, 2022
  • Award Notification: January 2022
  • Programming Kits Distributed: February–March 2022

If you have questions about the exhibition or the application, contact:

American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office
1-800-545-2433, ext. 5045