Money Smart Week @ Your Library Resources
Are you an academic librarian looking for ideas about how to plan Money Smart Week events at your college or university? Look no further! Here is a great example of what Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is working on for this spring, their first year of participation.
The College of Education will sponsor a public session, in conjunction with Junior Achievement, on enhancing financial literacy in Chicago Public Schools. Other areas of the school are getting involved too, like the College of Business and Management which is co-sponsoring several public sessions of interest to entrepreneurs and small businesses, one on financial fitness and two on creating a savings and investment plan at the start of a career.
Not to be left out, the NEIU Financial Aid Office is sponsoring public sessions on improving financial literacy on money, financial aid and life. Lastly, the Library will co-sponsor public sessions on developing a personal financial statement and on avoiding scams. The Library will also create an online guide to its resources on financial literacy as part of its effort to play a university-wide leadership role in promoting financial literacy throughout the year. Take a look at the schedule and start planning your academic Money Smart Week!
Libraries, looking for ideas on how to get teens involved during Money Smart Week? Take a look at this great idea from Naperville Public Library. This spring, the library will be hosting a teen financial reality fair in partnership with the Illinois Credit Union League. The league has done excellent programs for Naperville Public Library in the past based on the BizKids PBS TV series that teaches kids about Money and Business.
The Dollars & Sense Reality Fair will be a hands-on, interactive program designed to teach teens about real-life expenses, like housing, food, car insurance, etc. They’ll choose a career with an assigned salary and then visit booth where they’ll make decisions about spending and budgeting their money.
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