Money Smart

Money Smart resources at Plano Public Library
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Learn how to make smart financial choices that will prepare you for whatever the future brings. Tools for adults include connecting with a SCORE Mentor, virtual financial programs and money and financial resources from Plano Public Library. Teens can learn how far their paycheck will take them with the Game of Life. And parents can teach their children how to make financial choices with Money as You Grow - Children's Books and Financial Discussion Guides
Virtual Program Schedule - Small Business Workshops - September-December 2020 (PDF)

Virtual Program Schedule

Small Business Workshops
Print schedule and register for upcoming workshops on Zoom. Check the calendar for details
Video SCORE Business Mentoring

SCORE Business Mentoring

Connect with a Dallas SCORE Mentor to receive free small business advice. This is a free service for start-ups or existing businesses. Call SCORE to make an appointment at 214-987-9491
Building Wealth with Plano Public Library 

Building Wealth

Learn basic wealth-building concepts to help you create a plan to meet your financial goals. Whether it's saving money for a major purchase, or paying off debt, leave with a new perspective and least one action step. This program is based on a curriculum created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Retirement for Gen Z to Gen X with Plano Public Library 

Retirement for Gen Z to Gen X (Basic)

Learn about resources that will assist you in creating a basic retirement road map. Intended for those new to retirement concepts
Game of Life with Plano Public Library 

Game of Life

Buying a home, paying for college, your first paycheck, and much more! Join us in playing the Game of Life and see how far your paycheck can take you. Learn how your future career can impact your financial life and decision making. Presented by college students from the University of North Texas Student Money Management Center

Money & Financial Resources

Additional resources are available on the Research & Learn page
Legal Forms - Gale 
Legal Forms - GALE
Access to authentic, professional legal documents for businesses – filing patents and trademarks, developing leases, creating bills of sale, delegating power of attorney, filing for divorce, creating wills and estates, filing for bankruptcy, and more
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Provides online training courses that cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications)
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Morningstar Investment Research Center 
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Investment resource specialized in fund investing. Offers news, commentary, fund information, tutorial, tools and forums. Publishers of annual reports and more
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Value Line Investment Research 
Value Line
Provides information to help you evaluate 3,500 of the most actively traded stocks in more than 100 industries, representing 95% of the daily US trading volume
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Temporarily available remotely
Children's Books and Financial Discussion Guides

Money As You Grow - Children's Books and Financial Discussion Guides for Parents

As parents, you’re the top influence on your children’s financial lives. They learn from watching you earn, shop, save and borrow. You don’t need to be a money expert to help them start out strong. Try out these parent discussion guides from CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) and start the conversation today
Parent Discussion Guides

Watch the Personal Stories

Start Early Video

 Selam is a college student. As part of the Comet Cents program at UTD, Selam teaches her peers about important concepts like planning for your future, building your credit score, analyzing a job offer, and saving for emergencies…and for fun!

Make a Plan Video

 Andrea and her husband refused to be crushed by their debt. They took action, persevered in building new habits, and now have enjoyed nearly 20 years of financial stability. Avoiding the problem doesn’t make it go away.
Look Ahead Video

Diane volunteers with This Side UP! Family. Faced with financial challenges Diane made tough choices and got her financial house in order. Her kids were watching and now, as young adults, they find their financial freedom from using a budget to guide their spending.

Financial Literacy Initiative Receives National Award

Financial Literacy Initiative Receives National Award

The US Conference of Mayors awarded Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere the first place 2019 City Livability Award for large cities, recognizing Plano’s Financial Literacy Initiative. Plano Public Library plays a prominent role in this initiative, which features a variety of library programs, exhibits and resources, as well as the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program and Plano Families First resource fair. The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, focusing on leadership, creativity, and innovation. This year’s winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of over 150 applicants. Plano Public Library is proud to serve our community with educational support for financial capability.

Check Out the DVD

Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions

(NR, 56 min - 2014)

A mix of humor, on-the-street interviews and provocative insights from innovative thinkers explores why we spend, save (or don’t), and how we think about money. Host Dave Coyne travels from Wall Street to Main Street, and from Yale to the Santa Barbara wine country, to find out how our brains — and the marketplace — maneuver to get us to spend money we shouldn’t. A mix of fascinating theory and practical takeaways

Produced by Rocket Media Group, LLC in association with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Maryland Public Television

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Movie - Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions