By NATALIE SCOTT
The Boardman library offered a Smart Money story time for 4- and 5-year-olds April 23 to teach children about handling money.
“You can check out the Smart Money kit from the library just like the Baby Brilliant kits,” said Boardman librarian John Yingling. “Another nice feature is that you can go online to the library’s website at www.libraryvisit.org and there is a Smart Money tab that has all sorts of activities and games that children can play and learn about money.”
The story time began with Yingling reading “Money Money, Honey Bunny” by Marilyn Sadler, a story about a young rabbit whose family gives her money and she uses it to buy things for her family, as well as for herself, but she still manages to save some for another day. Other books read included “A Dollar for Penny” by Julie Glass, about a young girl who earns money by selling lemonade, and “Start Saving Henry!” by Nancy Carlson.
Yingling also led children through several activities, including one that showed how to keep money in order of its value, a finger-play penny song, the “Money Rap” sung by Yingling, and a quarter activity.
The story time ended with Yingling giving each child a piggy bank, courtesy of The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley, and a craft, in which the children cut out and colored their own paper coins to practice earning, saving and spending money with.