Free financial education at the Library with Money Smart Week

Free financial education at the Library with Money Smart Week

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is joining libraries and financial institutions across the country in Money Smart Week, April 21-28, 2018, with the aim of helping everyone get smart about their personal finances.

Money Smart Week is the broadest and most comprehensive financial educational program in the country. Started in 2002 in Chicago with just 40 programs, it has expanded significantly to become the only national educational program for people at all stages of life. 

According to exit surveys, most participants indicate they are likely to change the way they manage their money after attending a Money Smart Week program. 

This is the third year the Library has partnered with this national effort, which fits in with the Library's mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

Financial literacy is not just important for adults. Starting early with basic fundamentals can help a child or a teen grow up to be a financially responsible adult. Check out this video of Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon, talking money and having fun with financial literacy.

Have even more fun with financial literacy with a Money Smart Week kickoff celebration at ImaginOn, Saturday, April 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day will start with a financial literacy-themed storytime in Spangler Library, followed by a presentation by Money Smart Week partners who will share information and allow for parents to ask financial-related questions.

Visit your Library for these financial-themed storytimes for children and free personal finance programs for adults.

Money Smart Week Programs for Adults

Maximizing Your Personal Wealth
April 23 @ 12 p.m. | Sugar Creek
Learn about accumulating wealth, building an investment portfolio and managing transfer of wealth.

Steps to Financial Freedom
April 23 @ 6 p.m. | University City Regional
April 26 @ 6 p.m. | Matthews
Join a representative of Sharonview Credit Union to learn practical steps to financial freedom. The presentation will cover the importance of setting goals, creating a budget, building savings, reducing debt, using credit wisely and keeping good records.

Stock Market Timing – Proof That it Works
April 24 @ 6 p.m. | Matthews
Join experienced, retired stock broker, Roger Reynolds, as he discusses market timing and fundamentals. He will provide explanations of how stock markets top and bottom with only three crucial trading patterns.

Money Smart Week Programs for Children and Teens

Preschool Storytime
April 24 @ 10:30 a.m. | Sugar Creek
April 24 @ 11 a.m. | Myers Park
Engage your preschoolers with books, activities, stories and songs that encourage language and pre-reading skill development in order to help them grown into successful readers. This storytime will focus on very early financial literacy concepts like counting and saving.

Spending and Saving
April 24 @ 4:30 p.m. | Mountain Island
Explore spending and saving money as we complete currency puzzles, buy things from our “store” and make a piggy bank to take home. For children 5-11.

Creating with Books
April 25 @ 11:30 a.m. | University City Regional
April 26 @ 11 a.m. | Hickory Grove
Develop literacy and critical thinking skills using financial literacy materials and hands-on activities. For children 3-5.

Teen Banking
April 25 @ 4 p.m. | ImaginOn
Join a banking expert to learn about the basics of banking. Preteens and teens will learn about how to choose the right bank, open a checking and savings account and more in this introduction to banking.

Family Storytime
April 30 @ 10:30 a.m. | ImaginOn
Bring your whole family out to enjoy stories, songs and movement activities that support early literacy skill development and help foster a love of books and reading in your child. This storytime will focus on very early financial literacy concepts like counting and sharing. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate.

Check out the Library’s online calendar for all Money Smart Week programs.


Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of thousands of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance. Partnering organizations will host their events April 21-28, 2018. For more information about events, visit