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Shake, Shake My Piggy Bank (Original Art by Brandon Reese)

Shake, Shake My Piggy Bank!

"I go to the library where I get all my books for free."--Shake, Shake My Piggy Bank by Lunch Money

Richland Library is a great place to start talking to your child about money. It's more than books, DVDs and the vast resources the library offers. Getting your child a library card goes a long way towards helping them understand finances:

  • Let's hear it for RESPONSIBILITY! Think of a Richland Library card as a credit card with training wheels. A baby is old enough to get his very own library card, but you should definitely wait a few years before giving your child the responsibility of keeping up with his own books. Here's how it works: If the books are overdue or lost, then your child pays the fine with their own money. It might seem like tough love, but trust me, library fines are a small bump in the road compared to a maxed out credit card and a ruined credit score.
  • Do I want it? Or do I need it? Richland library offers lots of resources for free with your library card. Ask your child to think carefully before buying books, music or media. Do they like the new Rick Riordan enough to own it forever? (Personally, I had a Sweet Valley High collection that I lived to regret.) Or would they like to listen to the new One Direction CD before they buy it? Even better, are they willing to save the money and check it out instead?
  • Of course, Richland Library does offer lots of great free resources to help further your child's understanding of money. Download Lunch Money's "Shake, Shake My Piggy Bank" from our website. Check out our great programs for children and teens. Show your child that you don't have to spend money to have fun. Finally, take home some books that will get the conversation started with your family.


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