Library books finance activities during Money Smart Week

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published April 18, 2016


The Sterling Heights Public Library will hold workshops, seminars and more to help patrons keep their books balanced — particularly their financial books.

The library is again participating in Money Smart Week. The campaign itself, founded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, runs April 23-30 this year, and the library plans to run programs between April 23 and April 28.

According to library Public Relations and Programs Coordinator Jason Groth, library staff are looking forward to recognizing the campaign by hosting forums with topics for financial discussion and learning. Certain events will be geared toward kids, while others are meant for adults.

“It was a big event last year,” Groth said. “Where I go for ideas — some of them, I look for community groups to see what they offer. We are getting some credit unions involved in this event.

“I also talk to some of our children’s librarians ... and they develop their own ideas for what can be done.”

The kids events include an April 23 game inspired by “Jeopardy!” for ages 5-8, the April 26 Finance Storytime event and the April 27 Bunny Money Storytime event.

Adults can learn through a paying for college seminar April 26, a Social Security workshop April 26, a real estate seminar April 27, a seminar on understanding credit reports April 27, a workshop on family financial literacy April 28 and a discussion on staying afloat in retirement April 28.

Groth said the adult programs were the most popular last year, but the library plans to run more children’s programs this year and see how the public responds.

Shannon McIntosh, consumer education specialist for the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union, said this is her credit union’s third year doing such activities and workshops for Money Smart Week, but it’s the first time the credit union has partnered with the Sterling Heights Public Library for Money Smart Week.

She said the children’s quiz game features monetary terms and is a lot of fun. The other workshops offer more practical advice for adults.

“We talk about how a credit score is calculated and how you can improve your credit scores — the way to do that, how you can obtain a free credit report and things of that nature,” she said. “We talk to parents about allowances, saving and spending. It’s good money management habits.”

The Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights, will host Money Smart Week events April 23-28. Learn more about the events and whether advance registration is required by visiting or by calling (586) 446-2665.