Libraries holding for young adults on financial issues

By: Channel 8 Eyewitness Newsroom

Press Release from Lincoln City Libraries

Lincoln City Libraries is hosting the “Thinking Money” educational exhibit for young adults and their parents December 15 through January 23.  The opening reception begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15 on the first floor of Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St.  Sessions on budgeting, building credit, preventing senior fraud, identify theft and healthy eating on a budget will be offered at library locations December 17 through January 15.

“Money affects all of us, but many of us lack the information we need to make smart decisions about our financial futures,” said Library Director Pat Leach. “’Thinking Money’ is designed to teach us about financial literacy in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.  We’re proud to bring this national program to our library.”

“Thinking Money” uses an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities to explore themes like wants versus needs, preparing for a rainy day, imagining your future self and avoiding financial fraud. The workshop schedule includes the following sessions:

  • Saturday, December 17, 2 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library:  Budgeting to Reach Your Goals and Reduce Stress – Jennifer Davidson from the Nebraska Center for Economic Education will present an informal session on creating and using a budget to make shopping — especially during the holidays — less stressful.  
  • Wednesday, December 28, noon, Bennett Martin Public Library:  Teen Budgeting Bonanza –Teenagers will compete to see who can stretch their budget the furthest and achieve the perfect meal.  No money is necessary, lunch will be provided and space is limited.  Call 402-441-8546 to register. 
  • Saturday, January 7, 10 a.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street: Give Yourself Credit – Dr. Tammi Fischer, Nebraska Council on Economic Education, will discuss how understanding credit plays an important role in lending.  Participants should bring a smart phone or mobile device with internet access. 
  • Monday, January 9, 6:30 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street: Preventing Senior Fraud – Ryan Sothan from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Protection will share ways for seniors and their families to arm themselves with tools to guard against consumer fraud.
  • Saturday, January 14, 11 a.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, fourth floor auditorium: Healthy Eating on a Budget – Becky Barnard, Nebraska Council on Economic Education, will share healthy recipe ideas and shopping and budgeting tips and give a cooking demonstration with samples.  During this session, children are invited to the fourth floor conference room to listen to a story with a financial theme while their caretakers attend the workshop.
  • Sunday, January 15, 2 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street and Wednesday, January 18, noon, Bennett Martin Public Library:  Protecting Your Identity Between Work and Play – Ryan Sothan from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Protection will give an all-ages presentation explaining how identify theft occurs and what to do when it happens. 

Thinking Money was developed by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office in collaboration with the Investor Education Foundation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), whose support made this exhibition possible. 

In April 2016, ALA and the FINRA Foundation announced 50 libraries nationwide to host the 1,000-square-foot exhibition.   Lincoln City Libraries also received a $1,000 programming allowance, funding to attend a training session at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and promotional and support materials.

For more information about the exhibition or Lincoln City Libraries, visit