Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library partnered with the University of Alabama, Alabama A&M University, community organizations, employers, Redstone Arsenal Post Library, and Redstone Arsenal Army Community Service to provide financial education experiences for four local audiences: beginning investors; college-bound students and their parents; the local military community; and youth groups. Instructional support was provided by the College of Business and Public Affairs at Alabama A&M University, the Student Financial Services Office at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and Redstone Arsenal Army Community Service.

Key Activities: 

  • Networked with HR professionals in the county and conducted workshop series on investing at two Northrop Grumman worksites, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Decisive Analytics Corporation, GATR Technologies, ALATEC, Inc., GE Intelligent Platforms, Kwajalein Range Services, Hogan Family YMCA, and the Huntsville Main Library. Topics included: practical steps to building wealth; principles of investing; saving and investing for retirement; creating and managing a portfolio; estate planning; and couples and money.
  • Delivered investing 101 classes via live feed to personnel at Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia.
  • Conducted investing 101 series and advanced investing workshops in partnership with Redstone Army Community Service.
  • Delivered advanced classes on stock analysis at the main library in partnership with faculty from the University of Alabama.
  • Conducted financial management workshops on campus at Alabama A&M University.
  • Organized teen programming based on the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program in partnership with Redstone Arsenal Army Community Service.
  • Incorporated financial literacy themes and activities into the library’s summer reading program.
  • In total, presented 118 financial literacy programs: 56 for beginning investors;18 for military personnel; 13 for teens; and 31 for children.
  • Conducted collection development activities (print and electronic), and offered patron training in the use of these collections.

Looking to take your library’s financial literacy efforts to the next level? Connect with ALA’s Financial Literacy Interest Group.