York County Library System, York, PA

York County Library System developed interactive, multigenerational programs in English and Spanish at branch libraries and local schools, and focused on building financial knowledge within York County families with children ages 5–7.

Key Activities: 

  • Collaborated with the local Financial Stability Partnership to create a guide for library staff describing the financial education resources available in York County.
  • Integrated programming and communications into local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services.
  • Hosted 50 financial literacy programs for families at nine libraries, with a portion of the programs in Spanish.
  • Established a partnership with the Hanover and Southwestern School Districts, enabling the project to reach all kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students with age-appropriate programming that addressed basic money concepts through children’s literature.
  • Integrated financial literacy concepts and activities into the library system’s summer reading program for families.
  • Presented Saturday workshops at eight high schools on personal finance for teens and their parents.
  • Distributed resources to parents of high schoolers to reinforce financial literacy concepts at home.
  • Presented basic financial literacy after-school programs at eight elementary and charter schools in the district for students and their parents, as well as at two off-campus locations in York and at York County Library branches as part of the library system’s Summer Reading Club.

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