Homewood library exhibit will help kids make sense of dollars and cents

The Homewood Public Library will be hosting a special exhibit in April to help kids ages 10 to 16 better understand how to make sound decisions when it comes to dollars and cents.
 
The library is planning an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on April 7 for “The Thinking Money: A Financial Expedition” presented by the American Library Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation. The library is one of the last of 50 sites from across the country to receive the exhibit.
 
The exhibit will provide information through display panels. Also, two iPads will be loaded with interactive games and hands-on activities that will deal with money and finances, according to librarian Mary Wegrzyn who was instrumental in getting the exhibit for Homewood.
 
Guided tours of the exhibit are planned for April 7 and 8. The exhibit topics cover: wants vs. needs; earning and paying interest; preparing for a rainy/sunny day; imagining your future self; and avoiding financial fraud. The exhibit will be at the Homewood library through May 3.
 
“The themes are not only geared toward tweens and teens but good for everybody,” Wegrzyn said. “We’ll have a wide range of programming because we feel like everybody will be interested in this.”
 
The library will be showing movies that have money-related themes. Staff is also organizing “Fund Your Fido,” a program to teach the importance of a pet and to help kids understand the costs involved with taking care of a pet.
 
The library is working on a financial frenzy escape room for teens, and its junior high Wacky Wednesday events will include a “Price is Right” showdown and money board games. 

Wegrzyn started the application process for the exhibit in 2015 and was notified in 2016 that Homewood had been selected as a site. She spent two days at a training session on the various components of the exhibit and on how to promote and manage it.  
 
“It has been a long process, but we’re very excited to have it come. I'm anxious to see what kind of interest it generates,” she said. 

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