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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.


    Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
    Amazon Says: MEET GREG KENTON, BILLIONAIRE IN THE MAKING. Greg Kenton has two obsessions -- making money and his long-standing competition with his annoying neighbor, Maura Shaw. So wh more...
    Amazon Says: MEET GREG KENTON, BILLIONAIRE IN THE MAKING. Greg Kenton has two obsessions -- making money and his long-standing competition with his annoying neighbor, Maura Shaw. So when Greg discovers that Maura is cutting into his booming Chunky Comics business with her own original illustrated minibooks, he's ready to declare war. The problem is, Greg has to admit that Maura's books are good, and soon the longtime enemies become unlikely business partners. But their budding partnership is threatened when the principal bans the sale of their comics in school. Suddenly, the two former rivals find themselves united against an adversary tougher than they ever were to each other. Will their enterprise -- and their friendship -- prevail? less...
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    Mr. Chickee's Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
    Amazon Says: Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it b more...
    Amazon Says: Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Well, Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treasury Department and his team of Secret Government Agents are determined to get that money back! But Steven and his best friends, Russell and Zoopy the giant dog, are more than a match for the Feds. After all, Steven is the president of the Flint Future Detectives Club, and the inventor of fantastic spying and detecting equipment such as the Snoopeeze 9000! less...
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    Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
    Amazon Says: One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more...
    Amazon Says: One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth." "Wealth?" I said. "It's groovy, man," said Arnold. If I'd known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That's when my 12th summer got really interesting. less...
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    Amazon Says: I'm just lying out there in the backyard one night, staring up at the sky. Then suddenly a dollar bill lands on my face. I pick it up. It looks real. I have no idea where it more...
    Amazon Says: I'm just lying out there in the backyard one night, staring up at the sky. Then suddenly a dollar bill lands on my face. I pick it up. It looks real. I have no idea where it came from. Then another one falls. And another. I look up and see bills fluttering down from the clouds above me. First they come in flurries, and then it turns into a snowstorm of money. This is the dazzling tale of five kids who make a pact to earn a million dollars by the end of the summer, led by the clever and daring Gina Tumolo. They come up with a fantastic scheme that involves a photograph of a UFO. Before they are through, they will have their photos in newspapers across the country and even meet face to face with . . . well, you don't think we'll give the story away right here, do you? Look inside and see for yourself what happens! less...
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    Amazon Says: When eleven-year-old Jeremy Bender does major damage to his father's prized boat, he figures he has one way to avoid being grounded for life: Fix it before Dad finds out. But more...
    Amazon Says: When eleven-year-old Jeremy Bender does major damage to his father's prized boat, he figures he has one way to avoid being grounded for life: Fix it before Dad finds out. But even if Jeremy and his best friend, Slater, combined their allowances for a year, they still wouldn't have enough money for the cost of repairs. Inspiration strikes when the boys see an ad for the Windjammer Whirl. Sponsored by the Cupcake Cadets, the model sailboat race pays five hundred dollars to the winner. There's just one problem: You must be a Cadet—and a girl—to compete.Confident that it will be the easiest money they've ever made, Jeremy convinces Slater they should dress up like girls and infiltrate the troop. But as the boys proceed to botch everything from camping to field hockey, they realize that being a Cadet is no piece of cupcake. Can Jeremy and Slater earn their badges and win the money? Or will their Cupcake careers be over faster than you can say "vanilla frosting"? less...
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