In April, I highlighted Smart Money Week as a way to increase financial literacy skills in your community. Today I am highlighting the financial education resources from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). These resources were developed specifically for libraries because the CFPB wants “to make libraries the go-to source for financial education.”
There are monthly webinars you can attend to help you prepare if you want to host trainings yourself. You can view the archived webinars for access to a variety of topics. For further preparation, they offer additional videos, websites, and courses. There are also program ideas to help you get started. You can order free print publications to make available in your library, and there are also marketing materials to help you promote your programs, or to promote financial literacy concepts and materials in general.
If you don’t want to do all the programming yourself, the CFPB also offers a partnership guidebook to “help libraries identify and connect with partners in their communities.” This guide includes ideas for partners at the local, state, and national level.
In addition to resources for libraries, there are also resources for parents to help their children develop money skills, as well as sections specifically for youth financial education, and adult financial education.
Have you hosted financial education programming at your library since Smart Money Week? Tell us how it’s been going in the comments!