‘Thinking Money for Kids’ exhibition coming to CG Public Library

The library is currently displaying books by Black authors to facilitate awareness during Black History Month. In April, the “Thinking Money for Kids” exhibit will begin and run until May.

Thanks to a national grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Cottage Grove Public Library will host a traveling exhibition designed to teach kids and their families about money.

“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 exhibit will be on display at Cottage Grove Public Library, along with a series of related special events, from April 1 to May 6, 2022.

“Money is such an important topic, and it’s one that kids don’t get much exposure to from family and school,” said Head Librarian Natasha Chitow. “I strongly believe that a better understanding of personal finance will help our local youth make choices that help them succeed in their adult lives. Being able to connect education and job training to long term financial stability benefits not only the individual but the community in which they live. We encourage people of all ages to explore Thinking Money for Kids, and we’re excited to put on programs that empower people to think about personal finance.”

Cottage Grove 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.

The ALA is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all.

The FINRA Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills and tools to make sound financial decisions throughout life.

In addition to the traveling exhibition on loan, Cottage Grove Public Library will receive $1,000 to hold public events related to the exhibit. The library will also receive 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 will learn about the exhibit and financial literacy topics.

The Cottage Grove Public Library operates a full-service library that provides for the educational, informational, cultural, technological, and recreational needs of the citizens of Cottage Grove.

The library provides broad access to knowledge and information for all ages.

It promotes adult and children’s interests for lifelong learning and the enjoyment of reading and exploring, while encouraging literacy and education through a diversity of special events and programs.

The library fosters positive social infrastructure, collaboration, and an array of partnerships within the community to promote shared relationships and experiences.

For more information about Thinking Money for Kids, visit www.cottagegroveor.gov/library.

More information about the ALA can be found at ala.org and more information about FINRA Foundation initiatives can be found at www.finrafoundation.org.

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