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Money Smart Week in Chicago | Money Smart Reads at Your Local Library

Money Smart Week begins April 22-29 and COUNTRY Financial and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are sponsoring several activities throughout Chicagoland.

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Started in 2002 with only 40 programs, Money Smart Week is the most informative financial education program in the country. It was initial established to help Chicago families and residents to better understand their finances. Currently the program has grown substantially and is nationally recognized.

Smart Week incorporates fun educational activities to teach kids about financial literacy. This is a great week to introduce your young ones to the importance being “money smart”.  COUNTRY Financial wants to help you do just that with Money Smart Kids Reads . This year, libraries throughout Chicago and Evanston will host a reading of “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees.”

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The first 15-25 participating children will receive a FREE copy of the book and some events may also include a learning activity and giveaways. Check the list below for the location nearest you.

Money Smart Kids Reads Locations and Dates

  •  Evanston Library – 4/22 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Westlawn Branch, Chicago Public Library South – 4/22 at 10 a.m.
  •  McKinley Park, Chicago Public Library Central – 4/24 at 6 p.m.
  •  Brighton Park, Chicago Public Library Central – 4/25 at 6 p.m.
  • Northtown Branch, Chicago Public Library North – 4/26 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Austin-Irving Branch, Chicago Public Library North – 4/27 at 11:15 a.m.
  • Beverly Branch, Chicago Public Library South – 4/29 at 10:30 a.m.

Money Smart Reads are part of Money Smart Week. This is a national public awareness campaign to help individuals and families better manage their personal finances. Learn more about COUNTRY Financial  mission at

I hope you have an opportunity to take the kids and have a good time. Starting early with your kids is the key to helping them build a foundation for financial freedom in the future.

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AboutJanelle Robinson

Janelle Robinson is from Chicago a proud wife and mother of 2 (teen and preschooler). She is health educator and writer with a focus on providing families with resources and tips throughout all stages of parenthood.