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to avoid the dangers of financial uncertainty and exploitation, and how to maintain a strong credit score
Money Smart and Career and Business Classes
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Video SCORE Business Mentoring

SCORE Business Mentoring 

Connect with a Dallas SCORE Mentor to receive free small business advice at Schimelpfening Library. This is a free service for start-ups or existing businesses. Call SCORE to make an appointment at 214-987-9491.

Appointments available Thursdays  at 10 am  |  11 am  |  12pm
Thinking Money for Kids Exhibit

Explore the Exhibition

The Thinking Money for Kids exhibit exhibit strives to teach elementary age children and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics—like saving, spending and budgeting—in a way that is both understandable and fun
Haggard Library
April 3 - May 15


Come to the Programs

Go beyond the Thinking Money for Kids exhibit by attending these programs that support the themes presented in the exhibit. We have programming for families, teens and adults. Program guide - kids and teens     Program guide - adults
Children's Books and Financial Discussion Guides

Money As You Grow - Children's Books and Financial Discussion Guides for Parents

As parents, you’re the top influence on your children’s financial lives. They learn from watching you earn, shop, save and borrow. You don’t need to be a money expert to help them start out strong. Try out these parent discussion guides from CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) and start the conversation today
Parent Discussion Guides

Watch the Personal Stories

Start Early Video

 Selam is a college student. As part of the Comet Cents program at UTD, Selam teaches her peers about important concepts like planning for your future, building your credit score, analyzing a job offer, and saving for emergencies…and for fun!

Make a Plan Video

 Andrea and her husband refused to be crushed by their debt. They took action, persevered in building new habits, and now have enjoyed nearly 20 years of financial stability. Avoiding the problem doesn’t make it go away.
Look Ahead Video

Diane volunteers with This Side UP! Family. Faced with financial challenges Diane made tough choices and got her financial house in order. Her kids were watching and now, as young adults, they find their financial freedom from using a budget to guide their spending.

Financial Literacy Initiative Receives National Award

Financial Literacy Initiative Receives National Award

The US Conference of Mayors awarded Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere the first place 2019 City Livability Award for large cities, recognizing Plano’s Financial Literacy Initiative. Plano Public Library plays a prominent role in this initiative, which features a variety of library programs, exhibits and resources, as well as the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program and Plano Families First resource fair. The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, focusing on leadership, creativity, and innovation. This year’s winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of over 150 applicants. Plano Public Library is proud to serve our community with educational support for financial capability.

Check Out the DVD

Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions

(NR, 56 min - 2014)

A mix of humor, on-the-street interviews and provocative insights from innovative thinkers explores why we spend, save (or don’t), and how we think about money. Host Dave Coyne travels from Wall Street to Main Street, and from Yale to the Santa Barbara wine country, to find out how our brains — and the marketplace — maneuver to get us to spend money we shouldn’t. A mix of fascinating theory and practical takeaways

Produced by Rocket Media Group, LLC in association with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Maryland Public Television

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Movie - Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions