Thinking Money

Thinking Money - Plano Public Library
Thinking Money Display

See the Interactive Exhibit — Thinking Money
Haggard Library — May 18 – June 27


During Regular Library Hours

Money Affects All Americans

Learn how to make smart financial choices that will prepare you for whatever the future brings.

The adventure-themed storyline and hands-on activities, explore financial literacy topics — like saving, spending and avoiding fraud — in a fun and understandable format.

Learn Money Smarts

  • Wants vs. needs
  • Earning and paying interest
  • Preparing for rainy/sunny day
  • Imagining your future self
  • Avoiding financial fraud
  • Thinking money
Thinking Money Kick-off

Kick-off Event

Haggard Library


Monday May 21
4-7pm – Come and Go
4pm – Ribbon Cutting Program

City Councilwoman Kayci Prince hosts a ribbon cutting for the Thinking Money exhibition. Hear from Roy Lopez, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Jamee Jolly, President of Plano Chamber of Commerce about how the economic climate affects businesses and their employees
Come to the Programs

Money Sense Programs

Programas de Pensar Sobre el Dinero Información en Español,

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Money is an important topic for people of all ages. Programs offered at the library support the themes presented in the Thinking Money exhibit. Come learn with us!

Families and Children – Learn to Save, Spend and Share while designing your own dollar bill at The Art of Money, or while considering the costs and responsibilities of pet ownership at Funding Your New Fido

Teens – Meet local college students and play the Game of Life to see how far a fantasy paycheck might take you

Adults - Learn about the 4C’s of credit and how to protect your loved ones and yourself from financial fraud

Design Your Future: Financial Resource Fair
Connect with resources for financial and economic stability. Topics include: housing, transportation, fraud protection, educational assistance (college aid), debt management and credit, strategies for stretching spending power of the dollar, available government assistance, career search/advancement resources, planning for the future and more.

Find resources on personal finance, money management and other financial topics at the library all year!

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

Come to the Screening — Or Check Out the DVD

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

(NR, 56 min - 2014)

Haggard Library


Wednesdays 2 & 4pm
Jun 6 • 13 • 20

Saturdays 2 & 4pm

Jun 9 • 16 • 23

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
Children's Books and Financial Discussion Guides

Children's Books and Companion Financial Discussion Guides 

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
Discussion Guides

grant-logos A grant from FINRA Investor Education Foundation and American Library Association is enhancing Thinking Money programs at the Plano libraries! Thinking Money was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible.