All Types of Libraries Invited to Join “Money Smart Week @ Your Library” National Initiative

December 20, 2010 at 11:00 am 1 comment

Posted by Robert J. Lackie

American Library Association logo

American Library Association logo

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced in October 2010 a partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to make “Money Smart Week @ Your Library” a national initiative from April 2-9, 2011, and things are beginning to heat up now in late December—at least for this national initiative!

Money Smart Week logo

Money Smart Week logo

Celebrating its 10th year in 2011, Money Smart Week’s mission is to promote personal financial literacy (Note: Money Smart Week is a registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago). Throughout the 10-year history of Money Smart Week, libraries have been instrumental in facilitating and hosting quality Money Smart Week events. For instance, libraries of all types in Illinois (and Chicago), Indiana, Iowa (and Quad cities), Michigan, West Virginia, and Wisconsin participated in Money Smart Week in 2010, partnering with community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations, and other financial experts to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances.

ALA and the Federal Reserve hope that even more librarians and their libraries will be participating in the first ever national Money Smart Week this spring, from April 2-9, 2011. Events will take place at member libraries across the country and will and cover topics from learning how to apply for a mortgage to teaching young people about credit. We all, librarians included, can benefit from that! Watch this site ( ) for information on joining the initiative, for news, and for important links you can use right now.

I will be posting again later this week requesting info from all Library Garden readers on programming ideas, as I am now, as of this month, on the Academic Money Smart Week @ Your Library Committee for ALA.


Robert J. Lackie

Robert J. Lackie


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  • 1. Robert Lackie  |  December 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    While doing research this week on financial literacy resources and programming that libraries are offering, I came across the ALA/PLA announcement ( about helping “patrons get a fresh financial start this January with ‘Right on the Money: Financial Literacy @ your library’,” one of PLA’s latest webinars. On Weds., Jan. 19, 2011, there will be an hour-long webinar on how libraries can offer financial training programs. The deadline to register for this webinar is 4:30 PM CST on Mon., Jan. 17, 2011, six days after the ALA 2011 Midwinter Meeting is over.

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