Libraries and Financial Literacy

April is financial literacy month and Money Smart Week is just around the corner, too. These events make it clear that financial literacy education is an important priority. Recognizing that many libraries want to do more to meet the financial education needs of their communities, Infopeople will be offering a new four-week course, Financial Literacy Programming in Libraries. The course starts April 26th, which is coincidentally during Money Smart Week!

In the course, instructor Jennifer Noble will guide the class through all of the steps jennifer_nobleinvolved in planning financial literacy programming. Building on existing resources, participants will identify the topics and formats that make the most sense for their communities. The importance of building partnerships to support the programming will be highlighted, too. Participants will leave the course with a financial literacy programming action plan tailored for the needs and resources in their own community.

Noble encourages libraries to think creatively about the types of financial programming they could offer. Topics that could be included in financial literacy education include:

  • Saving Money
  • Creating a Budget
  • Planning for Retirement
  • Paying for College
  • Credit Scores
  • Starting a Business
  • And more…

And there are various potential program formats to consider, too:

  • Speakers: Invite an expert to give a presentation on a financial topic, providing time for Q&A, too.
  • Panel Discussion: Instead of just one speaker, consider hosting a panel of experts talking about a specific topic with time for a Q&A afterwards.
  • Instructional Session: This format is perfect for a task-oriented topic (such as filling out financial aid paperwork or applying for a business loan).
  • Workshops: These are like instructional sessions, but may take longer and people leave the session with something completed (paperwork, a plan, etc.).
  • Discussion Groups: In this format, a group of people get together to discuss a topic, often with a facilitator. Consider a book discussion group centered on a financial book.

Consider a variety of target audiences, too. From young children to older adults, almost everyone has financial topics that are relevant and interesting for their current life stage and needs.

Registration for the course is now open. For more information, see