We all need to master the knowledge and skills to make smart financial choices and prepare for whatever the future brings. Thinking Money for Kids strives to teach children ages 7 to 11 and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics — like saving, spending and budgeting — in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.
Thinking Money for Kids was a museum-quality exhibition that traveled to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2019 and 2023. Through a bustling community market-themed storyline, digital interactive content and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibition explored topics like earning money, saving and spending, and making responsible financial decisions.
The exhibition tour has concluded, but you can experience an online version of the exhibition and make it part of your library's virtual financial education programming.
Applications for Thinking Money for Kids are currently closed. Please select from the options below.
- View the list of public libraries selected to host the exhibit
- Read the Thinking Money for Kids Summative Report
- Access the Thinking Money for Kids Site Support Notebook (for grantees)
- Read the project guidelines
- Read the project FAQs
- Play the Thinking Money for Kids interactive games
Participating libraries received the 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibition for a six-week loan; a $1,000 programming allowance; expenses paid for an orientation workshop at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.; and programming resources and support.
Thinking Money for Kids is brought to communities nationwide by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. Interested in participating in a future exhibition or grant offering from the ALA Public Programs Office? Sign up for ALA's Programming Librarian e-newsletter to stay informed about upcoming opportunities.