Children work on financial literacy at library

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The "Smart Money Story Time" was one of many PLYMC programs to work on children's financial literacy. Each child received a piggybank at the end of the event. Pictured, the children at the event made a wallet craft from paper.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children at the Boardman library's "Smart Money Story Time" had a story time, played games and made a craft at the end of the program. Pictured, librarian Amy Burkard played a matching game with the children.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman library had their "Smart Money Story Time" on April 25. The program focused on getting children familiar with money. Pictured, librarian Amy Burkard read “Little Croc’s Purse” by Lizzie Finlay to the children.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Boardman library invited children to their “Smart Money Story Time,“ a program focused on working on children’s financial literacy, on April 25.

The program, ran by librarian Amy Burkard, helped young children recognize money and gave some ways to responsibly save money. The event included a story time, a couple games and a craft.

“I think it’s important because I don’t think it gets discussed a lot,” said Burkard. She wanted to get the children thinking about money and being responsible with it.

She read two stories to the children throughout the event. The first book, “Little Croc’s Purse” by Lizzie Finlay, covered an anthropomorphic crocodile that finds a purse full of money and decides to give the purse back.

The other book, “Bunny Money” by Rosemary Wells, is a part of the “Max and Ruby” series. The book taught the students about responsible spending. Burkard periodically stopped throughout the story and asked number sense questions to the students, such as “Does she have enough money to buy something for $4 if she only has $5?”

They played two games that worked on recognizing money as well. For one game, Burkard gave the children pictures of coins. She read a small poem that featured the names of the coins. Each time she said a coin, the child with that coin held the picture up. The children matched together two halves of coins and dollar bills for the second game.

After the games, they did a small craft where they colored and made wallets. To do so, they folded different pieces of paper and glued them together.

The program was a part of the PLYMC’s “Smart Money” financial literacy set of programs throughout the branches of the library. The children received a free piggybank from the PLYMC at the end of the event.

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