Financial Literacy

This page contains links to various Financial Literacy curriculum resources for both teachers and librarians, programming ideas, and possible future partnerships and grant opportunities. Some links have multiple components, so be sure to view all the resources. 
High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP)
Created for teachers and youth mentors, the curriculum is designed to teach teenagers about money management financial practices.  Principles covered in the program have a focus on the fundamentals of personal finance.  NEFE periodically updates details in the materials to reflect consumer trends, contemporary society, and program user feedback.

Money As You Learn
Tools for educators to integrate personal finance into teaching the common core.  Downloadable posters can be found on the companion site, Money As You Grow

Money Smart
The FDIC's basic financial education curriculum is designed to help low- and moderate-income individuals outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships.  The curriculum is available in instructor-led, self-paced online, and Mp3 podcast formats.
New York Public Library-Money Matter$ Pro
The New York Public Library provides training material and resources for libraries to use in workshops and also offers e-learning modules created to help understand key personal finance concepts, subject matter content, and available unbiased, research-based resources to better assist patrons of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds with money management inquiries.
Smart Investing:  A Self-paced Course
An online training course available to all librarians who would like to improve their reference strategies and knowledge of financial literacy concepts and resources.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau-Library Resources
This information can be used to build and promote financial education programs in your library.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau-Publications

Free Financial Education Publications for Libraries to distribute to patrons or to use during library programs.

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Publications

Order publications for your library available through the FTC for consumers. All publications and shipping are free.

Federal Trade Commission Pass It On Publications
Provides free materials to inform you and your library community about scams and how to avoid them.

Tech Soup for Libraries-Four Financial Literacy Ideas for Your Library
Sharing innovative ways to make financial literacy fun — for both patrons and staff!
American Library Association-Money Smart Week
Information on topics such as: basic budgeting; managing student debt; retirement planning; home purchasing; saving money through couponing; and how to prevent identity theft.

Economic Education
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City offers free economic and personal finance resources for educators, bankers and consumers.

Federal Reserve Education
A collection of resources from across the Federal Reserve system, it has resources for educators and the public, and includes games, activities, and lesson plans tied to children's literature.

Financial Literacy Education in Libraries

Guidelines and best practices for service relating to financial literacy education in libraries.

Financial Workshop Kits
Free resources to help you teach money management skills.  Customizable workshop kits available in ten main topic areas based on income level, stage of life, and unique situations for your community. - Teens and Money
Lesson plans are provided which address the mathematics of personal finance.  The lessons get progressively more challenging as the students get older, beginning with middle school and continuing through high school.

Smart Investing @ the Library
A partnership between the ALA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.  Ideas and resources are provided to start a financial literacy program in your library.  This program encourages librarians to be inventive with resources, marketing, and programs that fit their communities.  Grant opportunities are also available.