Thinking Money Exhibit and Programs

About the exhibit

Only 37% of Americans are financially literate.*

 

Make YOUR Journey a Smooth Ride

 Visit the Thinking Money Traveling Exhibit, December 15, 2017, through January 20, 2018, at Downtown Central Library, and learn how to save, spend wisely and avoid fraud.

 

A recent study found that a gap exists between self-reported knowledge and real-world behavior. This lack of financial knowledge may be the reason over half of Americans—ages 18 to 34—have engaged in expensive credit card behaviors, such as using cash advances, paying only the minimum due each month and exceeding the credit card limit.

 

To help combat this growing problem, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), created the Thinking Money Traveling Exhibit.

 

Through fun, interactive iPad content and hands-on activities, tweens, teens and their parents/guardians can gain a better understanding of financial terms and situations to start making smart financial choices. Topics include:

 

  • Wants vs. needs
  • Earning and paying interest
  • Preparing for rainy/sunny day
  • Imagining your future self
  • Avoiding financial fraud

 

Events

 Giveaways, Crafts, Food & Fun!

 

Cheap Treats: Holiday Edition

Visit 3 snack stations to learn how to make affordable, healthy, and holiday-themed snacks. Includes a cooking demo by Manatee County Agricultural & Extension Services. Waiver and registration required.

Register HERE!

Saturday, December 16, 1 to 3 PM

@ Downtown Central

 

Don’t Get Hacked: Holiday Edition

Learn how to stay safe on social media and make smart choices when using sites like Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook during the holidays…and make a duct tape wallet! Presented by Manatee Sheriff’s Office.

Includes free pizza, no registration required!

Tuesday, December 19, 6 to 7:30 PM @ South Manatee

Wednesday, December 20, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Rocky Bluff

Thursday, December 21, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Braden River

 

Feed the Pig 

Learn how to save money and decorate a piggy bank. Presented by Manatee County Agricultural & Extension Services.

Free snacks, no registration required!

Thursday, January 4, 2 to 3:30 PM @ Island

Tuesday, January 9, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Palmetto

Thursday, January 11, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Braden River

 

Big Bank Theory: Thinking Money Edition

Teens, experience the life of a 25 year old in this financial simulation presented by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. Register HERE!

 

Adults, while the teens are at the Big Bank Theory, attend a concurrent program focused on financial resources available to help you.  

Saturday, January 20, 1 to 2:30 PM @ Downtown Central

 

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Helpful Websites


Save and Invest  

Tools & info to help with basic financial management, controlling debt, saving for the future, and protecting assets. Developed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation.

     

Financial Literacy and Education Commission

Financial info organized around five skills: earn, borrow, save/invest, spend, and protect. Compiled by more than 20 federal agencies that offer financial education.

      

Money as You Grow

Gives parents 20 age-appropriate lessons and activities to help kids learn about money.

          

Feed the Pig

Financial info & tools to empower 25-34 year olds to take charge of their personal finances and live within their means.

 

Prize Information

Enter to win at every Thinking Money event (ages 8-18). The more programs you attend, the more entries you get! Prize drawings will be held after January 20, 2018.

 

Thanks to all the companies that donated prizes!

 

Prizes:

  

 

2 ADVENTURE PASSES

 

 

 

 

 

  

 BIG BANG PARTY PACKAGE

 

 

 

 

 

ENTRY FOR 4

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

   3 SETS OF TWO PASSES EACH

 

 

 

 

 

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*Financial Capability in the United States: Report of Findings, 2015 National Financial Capability Study. FINRA Investor Education Foundation, 2016.

 

Thinking Money was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible. Photo Credit: Ean Perkins, September 3, 2016