Thinking Money: October 20-November 29, 2017

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Billings Public Library will host Thinking Money, a traveling exhibition designed to teach tweens, teens and the adults in their lives about money, from October 20, 2017 to November 29, 2017. The public is also invited to attend a series of programs for various ages about financial topics like saving, spending and avoiding fraud.

Money affects all of us, but many of us lack the information we need to make smart decisions about our financial futures. Thinking Money is designed to teach visitors about financial literacy in a way that is not only understandable, but fun, and we're proud to bring it to our library.

Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, Thinking Money explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, imagining your future self and avoiding financial fraud.

Thinking Money was created by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Tours are available for classes and organizations: Request a tour

piggy bankProgram Schedule

Friday, October 20 
Exhibit opens in the first floor Popular Materials room.

Monday, October 23
Dewey Dollar Challenge - Kids, take on the money challenges to earn Dewey Dollars. Earn and save your Dewey Dollars to spend on grab-bag prizes starting November 27th. Sign up begins 10/23.

Friday, October 27, 6:45 pm
Opening Reception - All ages welcome. Mayor Tom Hanel will officially open the exhibit in the Popular Materials room. Following that will be docent-led tours of the exhibit, along with light refreshments in the lobby. 

Friday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Children's Craft: Piggy Banks - First you save, then you can spend! Start those savings in your very own piggy bank that you design yourself. Community Room

Wednesday, November 1
Teen Stock Challenge - Investing requires smart choices. Teens who make the right choices in this competitive challenge based on actual stock market price fluctuations will win prizes! This challenge extends November 1-30. Find out more in the TECH Lab.

triviaWednesday, November 1, 7:00 pm
Trivia Night - Fun and friendly competition for all ages. Can your team answer financial questions? Prizes for each round and for the overall winners! Warning - there may be math involved! Community Room

Tuesday, November 7, 10:30 am
Money Matters Story Time - Join the fun in the Story Tower for tales of earning, saving, spending and investing - just for kids! After the stories, move to the Craft Corner for Discover the Fun with money at 11:00 am.

Tuesday, November 7, Noon
Credit Smarts What does having good credit mean for you? Learn to make informed choices about current and future credit card purchases. Guest presenter: Jackie Rumph, Yellowstone County Extension Service.

Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 pmmovies
Money Movies for Adults - The Big Short (R-2015). Four unorthodox moneymen (Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling & Brad Pitt) predict the 2008 financial crisis in this comedy, which explores the fraudulent mortgage-lending practices of large banks on Wall Street. Community Room.

Wednesday, November 8, 10:30 am
Money Matters Story Time - Join the fun in the Story Tower for tales of earning, saving, spending and investing - just for kids! After the stories, move to the Craft Corner for Discover the Fun with money at 11:00 am.

Thursday, November 9, 10:30 am
Money Matters Story Time - Join the fun in the Story Tower for tales of earning, saving, spending and investing - just for kids! After the stories, move to the Craft Corner for Discover the Fun with money at 11:00 am.

Night of the Living DebtSaturday, November 11, 10:00 am
Night of the Living Debt - Let's get gaming! The zombies are after you, and you have limited funds to help you escape. What do you do? Teens and tweens will find out in the Community Room at 10:00 am.  Registration required: Please call 657-8290 to sign up! 

Saturday, November 11, 10:30 am
Money Matters Story Time - Join the fun in the Story Tower for tales of earning, saving, spending and investing - just for kids! After the stories, move to the Craft Corner for Discover the Fun with money at 11:00 am.
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Tuesday, November 21, 6:30 pm

Money Movies for Adults - Margin Call (R-2011)  An investment-firm analyst uncovers disturbing information that could put his company in jeopardy in this thriller. Starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, & Penn Badgley. Community Room

Wednesday, November 29, 12:00 pm
Exhibit closes

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