By NATALIE SCOTT
Poland librarian Amanda Kollar led a Smart Money story time April 18 for 2- and 3-year-olds. The Smart Money program, which is similar to the Baby Brilliant program, is designed to introduce money handling and saving concepts to children at a young age.
“The Smart Money program is for all age levels and helps with financial literacy,” said Kollar. “We really want to help children learn about money and the value of money and saving at a young age. That’s a really important skill for children to have today and this program is perfect for introducing that.”
Kollar began the story time by saying the “One for the Money” rhyme and singing “The Penny Song,” which helps teach children to count to 10 and that 10 pennies equals one dime. Other songs performed at the story time were “Three Little Nickels,” “The Wheels on the Bus,” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Kollar also read “Pop Up Numbers,” a book which helped encouraged children to count to ten.
At the end of the story time, each child was given their own piggy bank from the library to start saving their money in.