Piggy Bank

Since 2004, April has been designated by Congress as “Financial Literacy Month” to “raise public awareness about the importance of personal financial education in the United States – and the serious consequences that may result from a lack of understanding about personal finances.” In response, educators, nonprofit groups, and government agencies have developed a variety of resources that help educate individuals of all ages and families of all sizes to improve their financial knowledge. Of course, personal financial education is important year-round, so here are some resources available to inform the public about this important issue.

Financial Literacy for Patrons
A collection of resources designed with library patrons in mind compiled by CEFLS staff.

Free Publications for Libraries
Free financial education materials you can share with patrons or use in presentations. All materials are free from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other government agencies. Order up to 1,000 free copies of each publication, each available in English and Spanish.

Money Smart Week
Participate in “Money Smart Week @ Your Library,” a national initiative between the ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances.

Smart Investing @ Your Library
A partnership between the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) offers grant opportunities for public libraries to enhance their financial literacy programming. The program also provides great resources and tools to download and share with patrons.