Celebrate Money Smart Week at the local libraries

Children’s Specialist Emily Cummings, posing with the books and crafts for “Money Smart: How to Make Cents.”

Children’s Specialist Emily Cummings, posing with the books and crafts for “Money Smart: How to Make Cents.”

IRON MOUNTAIN — Celebrate Money Smart Week at the Dickinson County Library with Money Smart Week Storytimes for preschool children and “Money Smart: How to Make Cents” for grades kindergarten through fifth.

Money Smart Week is a time for evaluating personal financial goals and activities using resources the library provides. Visit the branch libraries or website at www.dcl-lib.org for personal financial literacy resources made available by Money Smart Week partners.

Kids can get a jump start on being money smart with the following programs:

— Money Smart Week Storytimes will feature stories and rhymes that introduce your children to the concepts of money and how to be smart about it. Children up to age 5 and their parents are invited at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Solomonson Branch in Norway.

While supplies last, participating families will receive a copy of the book “A Dollar for Penny,” compliments of Michigan Credit Unions, Part of the Money Smart Kids Read program.

— Make finances fun with “Money Smart: How to Make Cents,” at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the Solomonson Branch in Norway and at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at the main library.

Money concepts such as saving and spending will be highlighted during this program for elementary-age children — you’re never too young to learn how to be smart about money.

They will enjoy the stories, “Start Saving,” Henry by Nancy Carlson and “A Bike Like Serio’s” by Maribeth Beolts, and play games like, “Don’t Break the Bank” and “Create a Coin Animal.” Then, create Chore Board Clips to come up with ideas for earning money at home. This program is for grades kindergarten through fifth.

These programs are sponsored by the Michigan Credit Union League and Affiliates and Iron Mountain Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union.

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