Host A Museum-Quality Traveling Exhibit About Financial Literacy In Your Library

151030_thinking-money-ad_smart-investing-at-your-library-site2.pngFinancial literacy, and money management in particular, are important educational priorities in public libraries across the country. In recognition of this fact, the ALA Public Programs Office is gearing up to bring “Thinking Money,” a custom and museum-quality traveling exhibition, to fifty American libraries over the next three years.

“Our intent here is to teach tweens and teens, as well as their parents, caregivers and educators, about basic financial literacy topics. Those include saving, spending and avoiding fraud,” said an ALA spokesperson. “‘Thinking Money’ will do so in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.”

ALA partnered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation on the exhibit design and underlying curriculum. Highlights include an adventure-themed storyline, hands-on activities, and an interactive iPad component.

Libraries interested in the opportunity and able to accommodate this 1,000-square-foot showcase for a six-week loan period are encouraged to put their name forward for consideration. Do so by Friday, January 29 at the very latest. (Click here for application details.)

Selected institutions will receive “Thinking Money” for six weeks sometime between 2016 and 2018. Recipients will also receive a $1,000 programming allowance, and an expenses paid trip to Orlando for a preparatory workshop held in conjunction with the 2016 ALA Annual Conference.

On the fence, but interested in learning more about this one-of-a-kind programming opportunity? ALA’s Public Programs Office is hosting two informational conference calls on the subject: on Thursday, November 19 and Wednesday, December 9. Get your questions answered and concerns addressed in real time!