Columbus — Westland Area Library will host a traveling exhibition designed to teach kids and their families about money, thanks to a competitive national grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
Thinking Money for Kids is a new multimedia experience for children ages 7 to 11, as well as their parents, caregivers and educators. The interactive exhibit uses games, activities and a fun storyline to help children understand what money is, its function in society, money choices, and money values, such as fairness, responsibility and charitableness.
The 1000-square-foot exhibit will be on display at Westland Area Library, along with a series of related special programs, from August 27 to October 2, 2019. Kick-off is scheduled for August 27 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
“It is critical that kids learn the value of money, how to save, how to budget, and charitable giving at an early age,” says Youth Services Librarian Mary Allen. “Teaching financial literacy will give them the tools they need to build the life they dream of.”
Assistant Library Director Michele Lowe adds, “Parents may or may not have had the chance to discuss money matters with their kids or have found the time to consider it for themselves. This exhibit and accompanying programs are especially geared to help children and teens gain financial understanding but will also provide opportunities for adults to think about various money-related topics.”
Columbus is one of 50 sites selected to host Thinking Money for Kids on its two-year tour of the United States. Nearly 130 public libraries across the country applied for the opportunity, according to ALA.
In addition to the traveling exhibition on loan, Westland Area Library received $1,000 to hold public programming related to the exhibit. The library has created special programs for both youths and adults. The library also received funding to send a staff member to a Thinking Money for Kids workshop held during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., where they learned about the exhibit and financial literacy topics.