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Posted on: December 3, 2019

Thinking Money for Kids Exhibition comes to SML

Thinking Money for Kids

Come and join us for the grand opening of Thinking Money for Kids, a traveling exhibition designed to teach kids and their families about money, on Friday, December 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at our Hamilton/South Caddo Branch! The interactive exhibit, designed for children ages 7 to 11, 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 at the branch from December 11 to January 29, 2020.

RSVP to the Grand Opening

The grand opening event will include a special children’s program and teen scavenger hunt. At 10 a.m., children are invited to visit the branch and learn all about money, cost of goods and budgeting. Children will create their own craft to price and sell in the SML marketplace. Using play money, children can shop at a bookstore, candy store, toy store and craft store set up in the library, but they will have to spend their money wisely. After shopping the marketplace, children will have the opportunity to experience and interact with the Thinking Money for Kids exhibit. Later in the day, teens will be able to participate in a money-themed scavenger hunt throughout the library branch from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thinking Money for Kids will be on display at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch through January 2020. Shreve Memorial Library is one of just 50 libraries nationwide selected to host Thinking Money for Kids. The exhibition was developed by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

In addition, branches throughout Caddo Parish will host related special events and programs while the exhibit is on display. Children and teens will be able to learn more about money and money-management through fun storytimes, game play, crafts and more.

Preschool storytimes, appropriate for children up to age 5, will teach children about the value of money through counting, reading, singing, music, crafts, and hands-on learning. Storytimes associated with the exhibit are scheduled as follows:

Thinking Money for Kids Storytimes

  • Wednesday, December 11, 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch (Facebook Event)
  • Wednesday, December 18, 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at Atkins Branch (Facebook Event)
  • Tuesday, January 7, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., at Mooretown Branch
  • Tuesday, January 7, 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., at North Shreveport Branch (Facebook Event)
  • Wednesday, January 8, 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Broadmoor Branch (Facebook Event)
  • Wednesday, January 15, 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at West Shreveport Branch

Game days featuring classic money-based games such as Monopoly, Pay Day, and The Game of Life will be held for children, teens and families at several branches on the dates listed below.

Thinking Money for Kids Game Days

  • Friday, December 6, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., at Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch (children and teens)
  • Monday, December 16, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., at Atkins Branch (Teens 11 – 17) (Facebook Event)
  • Monday, December 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., at Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch (Ages 5 – 10) (Facebook Event)
  • Wednesday, December 18, 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., at Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch (Ages 11 – 17) (Facebook Event)
  • Tuesday, January 7, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at North Shreveport Branch (Teens 11 – 17) (Facebook Event)
  • Saturday, January 11, noon – 5 p.m., at Broadmoor Branch (All ages) (Facebook Event)

Other programs for children and teens include a two-part restaurant planning program at the North Caddo Branch. Children will be able to create a make-believe restaurant complete with a budget and menu. The program will take place on Monday, December 16 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and conclude on Wednesday, January 22 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional programs will focus on crafts and financial literacy for children and teens. Children can make piggy banks at the Mooretown Branch on Friday, January 10 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and make air-dry clay coins at the Main Branch, 424 Texas Street, on Saturday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, January 11, the David Raines Branch will host a special program for Girl Scouts. Girl Scout troops are invited to visit the branch from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and learn about financial empowerment while having fun and earning a badge in financial literacy. Teens can also learn about balancing checkbooks and handling credit responsibly while enjoying a screening of Richie Rich at the Broadmoor Branch on Tuesday, January 14 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the Thinking Money for Kids exhibit, we have partnered with Pelican State Credit Union to provide financial literacy workshops for adults. The workshops will cover topics such as budgeting for a new baby, household budgeting, predatory lending, and preventing identity theft. See the schedule below.

Thinking Money Workshops for Adults

  • Thursday, December 5 – Household Budgeting at Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Facebook Event)
  • Friday, December 6 – Preventing Identity Theft at North Caddo Branch, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Facebook Event)
  • Monday, December 9 – Predatory Lending at Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Facebook Event)
  • Friday, January 10 – Budgeting for a New Baby at David Raines Branch, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Facebook Event)
  • Monday, January 13 – Preventing Identity Theft at Wallette Branch, 11 a.m. – noon (Facebook Event)
  • Thursday, January 16 – Predatory Lending at Gilliam Branch, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (Facebook Event)

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